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A respected industry publication for ILTA members, this monthly newsletter highlights legislative and regulatory activities affecting terminal facilities. It also provides news on recent business development within the terminal industry, including new construction, expansions, acquisitions and additions to ILTA's membership, as well as important information about ILTA's committee meetings, conferences and training events. ILTA also offers ILTA News Plus to members. This publication, sent on weeks that ILTA News is not published, aggregates industry and member news.

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Department of Defense Explores Options to Phase-Out PFAS Use

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The Defense Department’s (DOD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) held its annual conference a Nov. 29-Dec. 2 annual conference including sessions on the development and use of PFAS-free firefighting foam. The program included panel discussions on DOD efforts to phase out the use of aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) containing PFAS by fiscal year 2025, as required by the fiscal year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.

According to the conference program, the presentation provided details on the mechanism of PFAS-free alternatives for firefighting, including research on recently developed novel surfactants at the laboratory scale. Those PFAS-free substitutes could also help DOD against longstanding complaints by state environmental regulators and communities near military bases about PFAS drinking water contamination from decades of AFFF use. Those complaints include landmark litigation being overseen by the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina in which chemical industry defendants have accused DOD of continuing to use PFAS-containing AFFF even after it knew about potential health risks.

PFAS Regulatory and Legislative Efforts Continue at Federal Level

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The House is expected to vote in the coming days on defense authorization legislation that will include some PFAS provisions. North Carolina’s Science Advisory Board is scheduled to provide advice on developing a human health reference dose for the emerging PFAS known as PFMOAA and water quality aquatic life criteria for two better-known PFAS.

The House is expected to take up a compromise version of the fiscal year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) following negotiations to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the legislation. The compromise bill could be filed as soon as Dec. 5, according to staff, with the House Rules Committee scheduled to consider the bill along with other legislation at a Dec. 5 meeting. The compromise bill is likely to contain non-controversial provisions related to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) originally included in the Senate version, such as the creation of a publicly accessible database of Pentagon research on the health effects from PFAS exposure, the development of alternatives to PFAS-containing firefighting foams used by the military, and the transfer $20 million from the Defense Department (DOD) to the Department of Health and Human Services for ongoing nationwide monitoring of PFAS exposures and risks in communities near military bases.

Biden Administration, Congress Act to Avert National Rail Strike

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With urging by the President, Congress moved to approve a measure to avert a potential rail strike that would have had almost certainly had severe negative impacts on the U.S. economy. By a bipartisan vote of 290 to 137, the House approved the measure, HJR 100, and sent it to the Senate. The Senate took up the measure with a 80-15 vote to approve on December 1. President Biden signed the measure into law on December 2.

ILTA Thrilled to Announce Opening Keynote Speaker Jason Dorsey: Generations and Behavioral Researcher and Speaker

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ILTA is thrilled to announce our opening keynote for the 2023 Annual Operating Conference and Trade Show in Houston May 22-24, 2023: Generation Z expert and acclaimed generations researcher Jason Dorsey shares new insights and groundbreaking research about Gen Z on national TV. Jason is President of The Center for Generational Kinetics, the leading Gen Z and generations research, speaking, and consulting firm. Jason has worked with over 700 clients around the world, including every major industry.

ILTA Annual Membership Meeting Caps Another Fantastic Year

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ILTA held its annual membership meeting on November 3, 2022, in West Virginia and over Zoom. The day's discussion covered the organization's successful operating conference & trade show, ILTA's financial health, membership services with a demo of the new community platform Breezio and the voting in of the 2023 Board of Directors. Tim Winters of Sprague Operating Resources, LLC was elected by the membership to become the Board Chairman as Bernt Netland of Intercontinental Terminals Company moved to Chairman Emeritus. ILTA thanks Mr. Winters for his dutiful oversight during the 2022 year and is excited to work with the new Board in 2023.