ONES TO WATCH
As the New Year starts, retailers should keep an eye on these issues percolating in Congress.
Running your business hould be as efficient and free of burdensome and unnecessary federal regu- lations as possible. NACS advocates on your behalf before Congress and the administration with this
goal in mind every day.
In 2015, NACS lobbied for the convenience industry on many issues, with several bubbling up as the
most important. These concerns will continue to be
on our radar as top priorities throughout 2016.
Renewable Fuel Standard
On November 30, 2015, under a court-ordered
deadline, the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) issued a final rule establishing renewable
volume obligations (RVOs) for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Although the final numbers are higher than initially
proposed the previous spring, the EPA did use its
waiver authority to set the numbers lower than
those called for by Congress in the most recent revisions to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
NACS testified at a public hearing in Kansas City
and submitted a written statement during the public
comment period in support of the proposed volumes.
NACS also met with officials from the Office of
Budget and Management (OMB) to share the fuel retailing perspective. The final RVOs are ambitious and
reflect an optimistic outlook for fuel demand this year.
Data Security & Data Breach Notification
The House Energy and Commerce Committee
and the House Financial Services Committee both
marked up legislation in 2015 requiring businesses
to establish data security standards and notification
requirements to consumers in the event of a data
breach. NACS believes that any new data security
and breach notification requirements should apply
equally to everyone. Unfortunately, both bills create
security gaps because industries such as banking
and telecommunications were carved out of the
requirements. The bills also place the notification
mandates on retailers—even if the data theft oc-
curred with a different entity in the transaction.
Although there are no bills moving in the Senate
right now, floor action in the House is possible, but
more difficult as the legislative calendar moves
closer to the election.
The convenience retailing industry is a target of
unscrupulous attorneys (patent trolls) who threaten to
sue companies for using a particular technology over
a patent infringement. NACS believes retailers spend