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Third Quarter 2017

DOT Tank Transportation and Required Markings

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Virginia & West Virginia
Propane Gas Association
Joint Fall Meeting

October 15-17 at the Hotel Roanoke

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued a Regional Emergency Declaration covering 27 states (Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.

A PDF of this waiver along with other critical information for propane retailers and customers can be found on NPGA's Hurricane Harvey webpage:

Direct Link to the pdf: 27 State FMCSA Regional Declaration of Emergency (8/31/2017)

For more information on Hurricane Harvey Check out NPGA's webpage: NPGA and Hurricane Harvey

Or you may contact:

Lesley Brown Garland
NPGA Director, State Affairs
(916) 531-2231

We're working together to plan for Winter 2017/2018. Take a look at the videos below to find out what marketers can do, details about the current supply outlook, and what steps the industry is taking help marketers serve their customers.

These videos are also available on NPGA's website under "News and Media - Preparing for Winter"

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What Marketers Can Do to Prepare

In this video, veteran propane marketers and supply planning experts talk about the steps marketers can take to prepare for Winter 2017.

Learn more at: www.npga.org/NPGASupplyRecommendations


Current Supply Overview

In this video, find out what the supply outlook is for the coming winter.

Answer questions such as: How large of a role will exports play in the domestic supply scenario? Where can I find current days of supply information? and What resources are available to help with supply planning?


Industry Advocacy & Resources

In this video, you'll hear from NPGA and PERC leaders about all of the efforts underway to help marketers navigate through periods of peak demand. NPGA, PERC, and your State Associations are working closely to help you serve your customers year around.

Learn more at: www.npga.org/NPGASupplyRecommendations



As of July 1, 2016, the following versions are in effect:

NFPA 54 - 2015 Edition

NFPA 58 - 2014 Edition

Kenneth E. Tyree
State Fire Marshal
West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office


The West Virginia Propane Gas Association is accepting applications for Propane Emergencies Training in 2017

The intent of this educational program is to provide a part of the necessary formal training needed when addressing propane emergencies. The training is based on commonly used practices, referenced laws, regulations, and industry standards, it is not meant to set a standard of operations for any emergency response organization. It is the responsibility of each attendee to remain current with industry procedures, regulations and product developments which may improve personal health and safety.

If applicant's application is approved, the West Virginia Propane Gas Association will reimburse the cost of having an appropriate instructor with equipment to conduct the class at no cost to applicant. WVPGA will provide each attendee a copy of the most current edition of Propane Emergencies workbook at no cost. The West Virginia Propane Gas Association nor the West Virginia Propane Research & Education Foundation assumes no liability for reliance on the contents of this program. The program is offered as a guide only to assist expert and / or experienced instructors and managers in the training of their personnel.

Acceptance of applications is done on a first come, first served basis.

For those interested, please download the application and find out more about the applicant's responsibilities and application procedures.

Download the Application


October 15-17, 2017 Joint Meeting with VAPGA
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke, VA

Be sure to update your calendars!


Attached is the notice from the Department of Tax along with the Administrative Order setting the rate for propane at $0.085.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the notice and order.

West Virginia Division of Weights & Measures Issues
Important Reminders and New Operating Procedures

Officials with the WV Division of Weights & Measures are reminding all propane marketers doing business in the state that there are specific regulations governing sales, advertising and receipts for all purchases of propane.

They also have new procedures which need to be followed when an inspector is checking a propane facility.

This document details what must be followed and what a company can be cited and fined.
Sale of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Products

Any questions may be directed to the Office of Weights & Measures, telephone 304-722-0602 or http://www.wvlabor.com/newwebsite/Pages/W&M_contacts.html

DOT Issues Hours of Service (HOS) Final Rule

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has published the long awaited Hours of Service of Drivers' Final Rule. The new definition of on-duty time is effective February 27, 2012. The definition is revised to allow a team driver to log as off duty up to 2 hours spent in the passenger seat either immediately before or after the 8-hour period in the sleeper berth. Additionally, time spent resting in or on a parked commercial motor vehicle is excluded from the definition of on-duty time. Compliance for all other rule changes is not required until July 1, 2013. The purpose of the rule is to reduce the possibility of driver fatigue by limiting, on a continuing basis, the ability of drivers to work the maximum number of hours currently allowed, or close to the maximum. Long daily and weekly hours are associated with an increased risk of crashes and with the chronic health conditions associated with lack of sleep. The rule purports to reduce the risk of fatigue and fatigue related crashes, as well as harm to driver health.

The following summarizes some of the rule's more significant provisions:

  • Daily Driving Time Limit - NPGA successfully voiced objection to FMCSA's proposed change to limit daily driving time to 10 hours. The current 11-hour daily driving time limit is unchanged.
  • 60/70-Hour On-Duty Limit - The 60- and 70-hour limits are also unchanged. A driver may not drive after 60-hours on duty in 7 consecutive days, or 70-hours in 8 consecutive days.
  • 14-Hour Driving Window - The maximum driving window will continue to be 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty.
  • 34-Hour Restart - FMCSA is revising the HOS regulations to limit the use of the 34-hour restart provision to once every 168 hours (7 days). On average, this will cut the maximum work week from 82 to 70 hours. The new rule also requires that drivers working long enough to need a restart take off 34-consecutive hours that includes two night periods from 1am to 5am Only drivers who drive nights or work more than 60 or 70 hours in a week will be affected.
  • 30-Minute Break - The rule includes a provision that allows truckers to drive if they have had a break of at least 30 minutes, at a time of their choosing, sometime within the previous 8 hours. However, the final rule requires that if more than 8 consecutive hours on duty have passed since the last off-duty (or sleeper-berth) period of at least half an hour, a driver must take a break of at least 30 minutes before driving. For example, if the driver started driving immediately after coming on duty, he or she could drive for 8 consecutive hours, take a half-hour break, and then drive another 3 hours, for a total of 11 hours. Alternatively, a driver could drive for 3 hours, take a half-hour break, and then drive another 8 hours, for a total of 11 hours. In other words, this driver could take the required break anywhere between the 3rd and 8th hour after coming on duty. A driver who plans to drive until the end of the 14th hour and wants to take only one break will need to take a break between the 6th and 8th hour after coming on duty. Drivers will have great flexibility in deciding when to take their break. By postponing the latest point at which the break can be taken from the 7th to the 8th hour, the rule will make it significantly easier for team drivers to fit their break into their schedules.
  • Team Driving - A team driver may log as off duty up to 2 hours in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle immediately before or after an 8-hour period in the sleeper berth.

DOT Prohibits Cell Phone Usage for HAZMAT Drivers

Beginning January 3, 2012, a new regulation from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) restricts drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) from using hand-held mobile phones while driving. DOT's final rule, published December 5, 2011, amends both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR 390, 392) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Hazardous Materials Regulations (49 CFR 177.804).

This ruling follows on the heels of a previous 2010 DOT decision to mitigate risks associated with 'distracted driving' by banning commercial drivers from texting while driving.

The new restrictions on using hand-held mobile phones applies to both intrastate and interstate drivers as PHMSA's jurisdiction applies to all motor carriers operating CMVs hauling hazardous materials requiring a DOT placard.

DOT's rule is important to propane marketers because dispatchers typically communicate with cargo tank drivers in the field by cell phone. The bottom line for compliance is that if the phone is mobile and must be held in the driver's hand when used, then its usage is prohibited when operating (driving) a CMV on a public highway or street.

The prohibition includes periods when the CMV is stationary at traffic lights, stop signs or heavy traffic, etc. However, a CMV driver may still use a hand-held mobile phone as long as he/she is pulled over on the side of a public highway or street where the vehicle may safely remain stationary.

Additionally, hands-free cell phones such as a speaker-phone are still permitted to be used while driving. Drivers waiting in line at a terminal with engines idling are permitted to use hand-held mobile phones as long as the CMV is stationary. Under emergency conditions, hand-held mobile phone use by HAZMAT drivers operating a CMV on a public highway or street is permitted. Two way radio communication such as with a Two-Way Radio/CB is unaffected by the new rule and still permitted as the DOT lacks jurisdiction to regulate such devices.

Drivers that violate the new policy can be fined up to $2,750 for each offense, while companies that allow their drivers to use hand-held mobile phones while driving could be fined up to $11,000.

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Remind Your Customers About Appliance Maintenance

As cold weather prompts your customers to turn up the heat, remind them to have a trained service professional perform a complete check of their home heating system and other propane appliances. An online module on appliance maintenance makes sharing the message with your customers as easy as pressing a computer key.

View the module on appliance maintenance


A recent poll on WVPGA's Facebook page has indicated that most respondents expect this winter to be colder than last year.

How prepared are you for this winter? There are things you should be doing before the first flake falls as well things to do during and afterwards.

Watch this informative and interactive program on Winter Storm Preparedness (you will need Adobe Flash player to watch).

See how prepared you really are!


Responding to some questions and concerns from the West Virginia Propane Gas Association that recently issued licensing regulation from the West Virginia Division of Labor include propane technicians, the Commissioner of West Virginia, David W. Mullins responded:

Pursuant to the ... codes, and based on the information you [Rudy Seacrist] have supplied, these [propane] technicians would not be required to obtain a plumbers' license."

A letter, dated October 29, 2008, to WVPGA Lobbyist Rudy Seacrist from Commissioner David W. Mullins details the statement. Please download and read the letter.

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DHS Publishes Final Appendix A in Federal Register

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final "Chemicals of Interest" list or Appendix A in the Federal Register on November 20. The 60-day compliance countdown for propane marketers is now ticking down. Propane marketers must register with DHS by January 19, 2008.

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On August 24, 2007, DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) finalized a rule that established initial fees for 2007 and a fee bracket structure for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Agreement.

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