PPA Encourages Members To Fill Out PennDOT Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Survey

Under the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Pennsylvania will have access to $171.5 million in funding to develop an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the Commonwealth over a five year period. The funding supports the Commonwealth goal of expanding EV charging along the previously designated Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs) and Interstate lookalikes. Federal AFC criteria was…

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PPA Continuing To Oppose State EV Infrastructure Bill

PPA has been engaged in opposing the provisions of Senate Bill 435 from being added to a state budget code bill. The legislation, which is being aggressively pushed by PECO, would allow utilities to recover the cost of building electric vehicle charger facilities from their ratepayers. This bill was stalled last year in the Senate…

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Bipartisan Group Of Federal Lawmakers Call On Biden Administration To Address Truck Driver Shortage

On Friday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Representatives urged the Biden Administration to address the current CDL Driver Shortage. In a letter, 67 Congressional Members highlighted the need for the Administration to address “new challenges – such as supply chain issues and inflation [that] are plaguing the transportation industry.” Specifically, the bipartisan group encourages the…

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Energy Choice Bill Could Be Included In State Budget Deal

PPA has communicated with the Senate leadership its strong support for efforts being made by proponents of the Energy Choice bill to include those provisions in a state budget related bill. Both the House and Senate have passed bills that would prohibit municipalities from prohibiting or regulating energy sources in their jurisdictions. However, the Governor…

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Inside The D.C. Beltway Update: Build Back Better, Federal Gasoline Tax Holiday

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) are reportedly getting closer to a deal on a slimmed-down Build Back Better (BBB) bill. The talks, which have accelerated in the past few weeks and have been blessed by other senior Democrats, have revealed new details about what may be in a…

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Juul Wins A Temporary Stay Of FDA Ban

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a total ban on Juul products. This is part of FDA’s new approach to electronic cigarettes, over which its authority was formalized through recent Congressional legislation. The FDA said the company failed to provide sufficient information proving the products were safe, not only for youths but for people…

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FDA To Reduce Nicotine Levels In Cigarettes

Tuesday, the Biden Administration announced plans to issue a proposed product standard by May 2023 that would establish a maximum nicotine level in cigarettes and certain other combusted tobacco products. A product standard is a power granted to the FDA under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act to reduce or eliminate an ingredient…

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PA Capitol Report: Top 10 Stories On Harrisburg/PA Politics Last Week

Because In Politics Everything Is Connected To Everything Else– — Governor’s Race — PennLive – Charles Thompson: PA Governor’s Race Personifies America’s New Path On Abortion – Let States Decide — TribLive: U.S. Supreme Court Abortion Decision Places Higher Stakes On PA Election, Experts Say — PA Capital-Star: Shapiro Has Strong Fundraising Advantage Over Mastriano…

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Limited Suspension Of 2% Biodiesel Requirement For Out-Of-State Fuel

On June 17, 2022, the Department of Agriculture announced the suspension of the 2 percent biodiesel content mandate on diesel fuel sold for on-road use imposed under section 3(a)(1) of the Biofuel Development and In-State Production Incentive Act (73 P.S. § 1650.3(a)(1)) for out-of-state fuel sold in the Commonwealth. The suspension shall be effective Monday,…

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Reminder: Amended FMCSA Hours Of Service Waiver Extended To Aug. 31

On May 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expanded the national hours of service waiver to include all motor fuels and heating fuel. This action also included amending the scope of the existing waiver to cover all deliveries. The FMCSA said the expansion to all deliveries of covered fuels is due to the impact…

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