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RFA: 'No Legal or Statutory Basis' for EPA to Further Lower 2018 RFS Requirements
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The Renewable Fuels Association issued the following news release:

The Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) filed comments Thursday on EPA's recent Notice of Data Availability (NODA) that sought additional solicitation on whether the agency should further reduce the 2018 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) below those proposed in July.

In EPA's proposed 2018 RFS RVOs, the agency correctly chose to exercise only its cellulosic waiver authority to reduce the volumes of cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel volumes from their ... Show Full Article

Petroleum Demand Last Month Highest for September Since 2007 (Includes Monthly Statistical Report)
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The American Petroleum Institute issued the following news release:

Total petroleum deliveries increased 2.4 percent from September 2016. These September deliveries were the highest September deliveries in a decade. For the third quarter 2017, total petroleum deliveries, a measure of U.S. petroleum demand, increased 2.1 percent from the same period last year to nearly 20.4 million barrels per day. For year to date 2017, total domestic petroleum deliveries increased 1.2 percent compared to the same period last year.

"Strong petroleum demand is good news for the overall economy ... Show Full Article

Focus on Customers, Culture and Community, Says NACS Chairman Joe Sheetz
CHICAGO, Oct. 20 -- The National Association of Convenience Stores issued the following news release:

Convenience retailer Sheetz Inc. succeeds today because of a focus on three critical areas: customers, culture and community, said Joe Sheetz, the new 2017-18 NACS Chairman, during a NACS Show general session today.

Even with a distinct focus, growth isn't always easy. Sheetz said that the company had a lot of help along the way to grow from one store in Altoona, Pennsylvania, in 1952, to more than 500 stores today.

In fact, industry conventions were critical to growing the business, even before ... Show Full Article

CBA: Regulators' CRA Proposal Does Not Address Needs of CRA
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The Consumer Bankers Association issued the following news release:

The Consumer Bankers Association (CBA) today submitted comments to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on proposed rulemaking to amend the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). The proposal would require financial institutions to combine home equity lending data with home mortgage lending data when reporting it to regulators. Given these two loan types service entirely different consumer needs, CBA strongly believes merging this data ... Show Full Article

ASA Supports Congressional Letter's Charge to Foster Ag Innovation
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 20 -- The American Soybean Association issued the following news release:

On Tuesday, October 17th, a bipartisan group of 79 Members of Congress sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging agencies responsible for regulating biotechnology to coordinate and advance policies and strategies that promote innovation in agriculture, domestically and internationally, through the President's Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.

"We ... Show Full Article

AHCA Applauds House Introduction of Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The American Health Care Association issued the following news release:

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) supports yesterday's announcement of the planned introduction in the U.S. House of Representatives of the Veterans Access to Long Term Care and Health Services Act. The bill, which will be introduced by Congressman Bruce Poliquin (R-ME-02) once the House returns from recess, expands veterans' access to health care services. Earlier this year, a Senate companion bill (S. 1611) was introduced by Senator John Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD).

"This ... Show Full Article

2017 AIP Science Writing Award Winners Announced
WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 -- The American Institute of Physics issued the following news release:

The American Institute of Physics announced today the winners of its 2017 Science Communication Awards for Books, Articles, Writing for Children, and Broadcast and New Media.

Awarded every year since 1968, AIP's awards give the winners of each category a $3,000 prize, an engraved Windsor chair and a certificate of recognition. The 2017 winners are

* BOOKS: Timothy Jorgensen for Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation (Princeton University Press);

* ARTICLES: Natalie Wolchover for "What No New Particles ... Show Full Article