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Welcome to MPM Association

The Association was formed in 1923 to provide services to the petroleum marketer, to help them at all levels of government, and to support fellow marketers. The Association has four main emphases - education, regulatory analysis and programs to help with compliance, legislative and regulatory monitoring, and services for the members.


2018 Upper Midwest Convenience Store and Energy Convention

April 9-11, 2018

Registration is OPEN

Exhibit, Sponsor, or Attend the Largest Show for Petroleum Marketers in the Upper Midwest. An ambitious agenda that includes the award winning show floor, great speakers, workshops and great fun and networking. Check it out at UMCS.Energy.  Learn more

Proposed Petroleum Licensing Changes

Wanted: Your opinion on proposed petroleum licensing changes

The Minnesota Department of Revenue plans to change the license requirements for Petroleum Distributors and Special Fuel Dealers. These changes will improve the system for businesses that collect motor fuel taxes and protect Minnesota’s financial interest.

Part of our commitment to customer service is sharing – and inviting discussion on – potential changes to our policies and procedures with those who are affected by the changes.

In that spirit, click here for details about the licensing changes we propose. We ask that you review this information and let us know if you:

  • · Understand the proposed changes or think they need clarification
  • · Have other feedback about the changes you want us to consider

To help us provide timely guidance to our customers, please email any feedback you have to us at petroleum.tax@state.mn.us by February 8, 2018. See proposed licensing changes letter for more information.

 

Hours of Service Exemption- Extended to February 28, 2018

The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has issued an extension of the regional hours of service waiver for the Eastern, Midwestern, and Southern Service Centers effective immediately through the duration of the emergency or February 28, 2018 (whichever occurs first).

Click here to download the extended FMCSA Regional Hours of Service Waiver

 Please review the full set of conditions contained in the waiver, including: 

  • Drivers are required to comply with the portions of 49 CFR Part 395 related to the preparation, retention and accuracy of a driver's record of duty status (RODS).  Drivers are directed to note "Emergency Declaration" in the remarks section of the RODS to identify that their operation is in direct assistance to the emergency relief.
  • Drivers for motor carriers operating under this declaration must have a copy of the declaration in their possession. 

The states covered in this Declaration are: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.  



Update ELD Rule

As you know, implementation of the ELD rule is a top FMCSA priority.  It represents a significant change for a large portion of the industry and a large focus of discussion in Washington DC and nationally. 

To ease the transition to ELDs, FMCSA’s partners at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) have previously announced a delay in placing non-ELD compliant vehicles out-of-service until April 1, 2018, which will allow continued time for carriers and law enforcement to adjust to the new technology.  In addition, FMCSA is announcing that violations cited during the period of December 18, 2017 through April 1, 2018, will not count against a carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores.

In the coming weeks, FMCSA will publish guidance for comment relating to the application of the agricultural commodity hours-of-service exemption. FMCSA will also provide guidance on the existing 150 air-miles hours-of-service exemption in order to provide clarity to enforcement and industry, and will consider comments received before publishing final guidance.

Finally, FMCSA will publish guidance on another hours-of-service issue, known as Personal Conveyance, which has become more relevant due to the upcoming ELD rule enforcement.  The goal of these guidance documents is to take input on their application and develop a consistent and uniform application of the provision.

 


New Underground Storage Tank Rules Meetings

Underground Storage Tank Rules Meetings- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) will be conducting a series of informational meetings across the state to discuss the proposed changes to Minnesota Rule 7150 (Underground Storage Tanks). In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) adopted new underground storage tank (UST) rules. Minnesota is in the process of incorporating these revised rules along with making changes to clarify existing rules. The anticipated effective date for Minnesota's rule revision is October 2018.

Owners/operators of UST systems and UST contractors (including construction supervisors, service technicians, estimators and sales personnel) are encouraged to attend one of the following meetings.

January 18, 2018     9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Department of Transportation

1800 East College Drive - Marshall, MN

 

January 25, 2018    9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Department of Transportation

1000 Highway 10 West - Detroit Lakes, MN

 

February 1, 2018     9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Department of Transportation

7694 Industrial Park Road - Baxter, MN

 

February 8, 2018     9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

525 Lake Avenue South, Suite 400 - Duluth, MN

 

February 15, 2018     9 am - 12 pm

Scott County Government Center

200 Fourth Ave W - Shakopee, MN

 

February 22, 2018    9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Department of Transportation

2900 48th St NW - Rochester, MN

 

March 1, 2018     9 am - 12 pm

Minnesota Department of Transportation

Water's Edge Building, 1500 W. County Road B-2 - Roseville, MN

For more information, contact:

       Jeff Brandon (218) 302-6610 or Carey Mattison (507) 476-4266

    

 

B-10 Mandate

We have had a few calls to the Association office regarding the sale of B-10 in Minnesota.  On April 30, 2014 Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill that modified the biodiesel mandate chapter 239.77. The following should help you understand the changes and what actions you will need to take to sell biodiesel at retail…
•    On April 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017, considered warm months, the biodiesel content must be at least 10% biodiesel fuel by volume going forward.
•    During the cold weather months, October 1 through March 31, the biodiesel mandate reverts back to at least 5% biodiesel fuel by volume.
•    On April 1, 2018 through September 30, 2018 the biodiesel mandate moves to 20% biodiesel fuel by volume.
•    #2 Biodiesel Exemptions include…
•    Motors located at an electric generating plant regulated by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
•    Railroad locomotives.
•    Off-road taconite and copper mining equipment and machinery.
•    Off-road logging equipment and machinery.
•    Vessels of the United States Coast Guard and vessels subject to inspection under United States Code, title 46, section 3301.
•    Generators tested and validated by an entity that designs and manufactures the generators for use in jurisdictions where biodiesel use is not required.
•    The exemptions listed above do not have a sunset date.
•    Number 1 diesel fuel is exempt year round until May 21, 2020.
•    The Federal Trade Commission sticker (see below) is required at the point-of-sale on all retail diesel fuel pumps.


UST Operator Certification Update

REMINDER - Mandatory UST Owner/Operator Certification.   More info..

UST Training Instructions.


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