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Mark Your Calendar: KPGA Fall Membership Meeting Will Be Sept. 11
The Kentucky Propane Gas Association will hold its Fall Membership Meeting on September 11, 2015 at My Old Kentucky Home State Park. The park is located at 501 East Stephen Foster Avenue, Bardstown, Kentucky 40004 and the meeting room is located in the Great Hall. All members are encouraged to attend.

The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. EDT on September 11 with several committees meeting which include Association Affairs, MERC, and the Convention committee. After the committee meetings, the board meeting will begin at 11:00 a.m. EDT followed by a lunch catered by Rickhouse Restaurant. Following lunch, KPGA members will enjoy a tour of Willet Distillery located at 1869 Loretto Road, Bardstown, KY 40004.

The registration fee is $50. Sponsorships are available for $250 for a lunch sponsorship or $100 for a basic meeting sponsorship.

Click HERE to register online.

View the tentative agenda by clicking on the link below.
2015 KPGA Summer Convention Held in Lexington
Last month more than 110 Kentucky Propane Gas Association (KPGA) members gathered at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa in Lexington for the annual KPGA Summer Convention.  This three-day event was filled with informative training sessions, association meetings, and networking events.  The convention was a great time for KPGA members to mix and mingle with old friends as well as meet new faces in the industry.

Events during this year's convention included a Board meeting where an NPGA update was provided by Phil Squair, Senior Vice-President of Public and Governmental Affairs.  Also on Sunday, members attended a Lexington Legends game sponsored by KYPERC.  Many KPGA members attended training sessions on Monday morning, while several ladies enjoyed a wine and canvas painting class at Pinot's Palette.
Several ladies enjoyed a painting class at Pinot's Palette.
Monday night included a bourbon tasting session, along with a BBQ dinner and game night hosted by Scott Goodlett Events.
KPGA member Marc Christian and his son enjoy the "Night at the Races" game night.
Charles Wagoner (right) of Allen County Farmers Service is presented the 2015 KPGA President's Award by Bill DePriest (left).
On Tuesday, members visited several prominent horse farms around the Lexington area.  Following the group tour, attendees enjoyed a hospitality suite sponsored by the KPGA Suppliers' Section.  A special thank-you goes out to Bob Lanham and Brian Smith for their work in setting up the suite.

The annual convention came to an end with the banquet dinner on Tuesday evening. During the banquet, Dr. Len Peters, Secretary of Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, addressed members. Following the keynote address, the 2015-16 KPGA officers were installed including President: Bill DePriest, AmeriGas; 1st Vice President: Shane Fortner, Fortner Gas Company; and 2nd Vice President: Tony Thompson, Dealers LP Equipment. Several awards were presented including the 2015 President's Award given to Charles Wagoner of Allen County Farmer's Service. The 2015 Ruth Greene Rilling Lifetime Service Award was presented to Bob Lanham of Bergquist.  Congrats to these officers and KPGA award winners!
Secretary Len Peters addresses KPGA members during the banquet on Tuesday evening.
Bob Lanham of Bergquist received the 2015 Ruth Greene Rilling Lifetime Service Award.
KPGA would like to especially thank those sponsors who agreed to support this year's convention:

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U.S. Department of Labor's Proposed Overtime Rule Changes: Comment Period Ending Soon
The Department of Labor's proposal to drastically change federal overtime pay rules would impact you and your employees. And for employees and owners alike, it's a bad deal. 

We need your help in voicing retail's strong concerns about the proposal. DOL is accepting public comments until September 4, and needs to hear straight from retailers how detrimental this would be to their businesses.

DOL's proposal would more than double the current salary threshold to be exempt from overtime and would automatically increase the threshold every year thereafter - affecting millions of employees and costing businesses billions per year.

It would create confusion and uncertainty for both employers and employees and would place unfair administrative and legal burdens on retailers, making it difficult to plan for and implement yearly pay increases without significantly disrupting regular business operations.

The opposition is loud, and we need to make sure the administration hears the propane industry's side of the story. Add your voice to the conversation before DOL stops listening. Comment HERE.

Information provided by the National Retail Federation.
President Signs Law to Reduce Propane Excise Tax
Adopted from NPGA Reports

On Friday, July 31, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill making it easier for all Americans to use propane autogas.  Included in the extension of the highway bill, the excise tax equalization provision permanently reduces the tax rate on propane autogas and levels the playing field for all alternative fuels.

Rick Roldan, NPGA's President and CEO applauded Congress for their action saying, "NPGA is very pleased that Congress acted decisively on this issue, making it easier for every American to choose a clean, abundant, and domestic alternative fuel.  Propane is the world's third most common engine fuel, and the United States is producing more of it than ever before.  Parity in the fuel tax system will help put more alternative fuel vehicles on the road, which is a good thing for America."

Excise tax equalization alters the calculation for the excise tax levied against propane used as an auto fuel to be based on energy content rather than the current volumetric calculation.  Due to the lower energy content of propane compared to gasoline, this will result in lower excise taxes being levied on propane used in auto fuel applications.  The reduction takes effect January 1, 2016.

NPGA appreciates the leadership of many Senators and Representatives who worked to advance excise tax equalization and were instrumental in its ultimate inclusion in the law.  Of note were Senators Burr (R-NC), Bennett (D-CO), and Hatch (R-UT) and Representatives Kelly (R-PA), Kind (D-WI), Young (R-IN), and Ryan (R-WI).  We are thankful for the hard work of our members, whose successful grassroots effort on this initiative helped to push it across the finish line.
Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition Fall Membership Meeting
KPGA is a member of the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition

The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition will be holding a Fall Membership Meeting in Louisville during September. If you have any interest in joining the Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, this would be a great event to attend! The Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition was established in 1993 to provide the first alternative fuels resource for Kentucky educators, consumers and providers of alternative fuels/vehicles. It is now a successful non-profit 501C3 self-supporting organization and a national leader in the clean fuels market.

This meeting will include a tour of UPS that will show propane use among fleet vehicles at UPS.  Details are below:

Tuesday, September 22
9am - 1pm EDT
UPS Worldport
Louisville, KY
Lunch will be Provided
Registration Required

Click HERE to register.
KPGA Directory Advertising Opportunities Available
The 2015/16 KPGA Membership Directory is slated to come out in the fall of this year, and KPGA is soliciting advertising support to help make the directory possible. Not only does advertising with the Kentucky Propane Gas Association benefit your business, but also advertising dollars support the cost of association programs such as the directory.

Members, businesses and other individuals and organizations involved in the propane industry use the KPGA directory to get the information they need, so your ad is sure to be seen on a regular basis. The directory is received by all KPGA members as well as other individuals and organizations involved in the propane industry.

The contract below includes ad rates and specifications. The deadline to submit the directory advertising contract to KPGA is September 15.

View the 2015/16 advertising contract below.

Feel free to call the office with any questions at 502-875-2686!
New FMCSA Requirement for CDL Skills Testing Goes Into Effect
Adopted from NPGA Reports

Last month, an obscure new requirement related to the skills testing for commercial drivers' licenses (CDL) went into effect for drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV).  Specifically, the DOT's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a new restriction code on CDLs based on the type of transmission in the CMV that the driver used for the skills test.

If a CDL applicant performs the vehicle skills test in a CMV with an automatic transmission, the applicant will have a restriction code placed on their CDL restricting them from operating a CMV with a manual transmission.  However, CDL applicants who perform the test on a CMV with a manual transmission may operate CMVs with either manual or automatic transmissions.

The new restriction only applies to CDL applicants who take skills tests on or after July 8, 2015.  Current CDL holders are not required to be retested to determine whether they need the new restriction for no manual transmission.

The basis of the change stems from issues raised by motor carriers or State driver licensing skills examiners and that were part of a series of CDL-related changes first proposed by FMCSA in April 2008.  After several delays, a final rule was issued and the new requirement became effective in July 2015.

Each state commercial drivers' license agency is responsible for implementation of the new requirements, and state transportation departments should be consulted to learn of any additional state-authored modifications.
Retail Propane Marketers NOT Affected by Revised OSHA Interpretation of Retail Facility Exemption
Adopted from NPGA Reports

On July 22, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a revised interpretation of its 'retail facility' exemption policy as it applies to the agency's Process Safety Management (PSM) regulations.  This action is in response to the President's August 1, 2013 Executive Order 13650, which required agencies to evaluate their chemical safety and security regulations.

OSHA stated that in past letters of interpretation on this subject, the agency had interpreted the retail exemption more broadly than the original intent of the exemption.  In effect, OSHA had exempted from PSM those facilities that may be considered as engaging in wholesale trade as opposed to retail trade.

After further review, OSHA determined to narrow the scope of eligibility for the exemption to only those facilities that fall within the retail trade sectors for the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Manual, i.e. Sectors 44-45 - Retail Trade.

Therefore, even with this revised, narrowed scope, retail propane marketers are still exempt from the PSM requirements because they fall within the retail trade sector of the NAICS.  Specifically, the NAICS designation for propane marketers (referred to in NAICS as LP-Gas Dealers) is 454310 - Fuel Dealers.  A description of the applicable NAICS code for propane marketers can be viewed HERE.

OSHA has stated that they will delay enforcement of this new interpretation for six (6) months for those facilities that had previously been considered exempt, but which now must comply with the PSM regulations.

The OSHA Memorandum on this subject can be viewed HERE.
KPGA Member Glenn Miller Inducted into LP Gas Hall of Fame
KPGA would like to congratulate Glenn Miller of Miller's Bottled Gas, Bowling Green on his recent induction into the LP Gas Hall of Fame. LP Gas established its hall of fame in 2012 as a way to honor the legends, icons and leaders who helped to establish and advance the propane industry. This award provides our industry with an annual, peer-recognized achievement. Miller was recognized at the LP Gas Hall of Fame recognition dinner and awards ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta, Georgia on April 10.
LP Gas inducted four men to the 2015 class as pictured above. The inductees included: Jim Bertelsmeyer, Heritage Propane; Stewart Kean, Utility Propane Co./World LPG Association; Glenn Miller, Miller's Bottled Gas; and Charles Revere, Revere Gas.
Miller is known for his long-term dedication and commitment to the propane industry. Miller, owner of Miller's Bottled Gas, has lobbied at both the national and state levels for years. Miller led an effort that ultimately resulted in the 1996 passage of the Propane Education and Research Act, or the bill that created the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC). Miller has been involved in KPGA for decades, and KPGA congratulates him on this accomplishment.
Click HERE to view the LP Gas Hall of Fame profile article recognizing Glenn Miller.

Click HERE to view Glenn Miller's Hall of Fame video.
2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to the 2015 KPGA Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipients! Three students were named recipients of this scholarship and each will each receive $1,000 to be applied towards their college education. These scholarship awards are due to donations from the KPGA Suppliers Fund and the generosity of KPGA members. Each year, the Blue Grass Community Foundation administers the scholarship program for the Kentucky Propane Gas Association.

This year's Thomas B. Bright, Jr. Memorial Scholarship winners are:
Clellan McMurry recently graduated from Danville High School and will be an incoming freshman at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Natural Resources and Environmental Science. Clellan is the son of Dough McMurry, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Richmond, Virginia.
Austin Stivers is a rising senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Stivers is the son of Tim Stivers, employed by Southern States Cooperative in Eminence, Kentucky.
Megan Willie is a rising junior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Human Health Sciences. Megan is the daughter of Kevin Willie, employed by United Propane Gas in Paducah, Kentucky.

Please join us in congratulating these scholarship winners!
OCTC Receives NSF Grant for Alternative Fuels Initiative
Owensboro Community & Technical College has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the amount of $745,602 for support of a project entitled "Preparing Vehicle Technicians for Advanced Transportation Fuels (DUE 1400422)." The project, under the direction of OCTC's Southeastern Campus Director, Mike Rodgers, and Automotive Faculty, Keith Nall, begins September 1, 2014 and runs through August 31, 2017. Partners in the program represent industry, government, and nonprofit organizations: ATech, Atmos Energy, ConsuLab, Cummins Crosspoint, Kentucky Clean Fuels Coalition, Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence, Kentucky Propane Gas Association, Kentucky Soybean Board and Association, Kentucky Propane Education and Research Council, and Owensboro Grain Company.  The group began collaborating in 2013.

OCTC President, Dr. Jim Klauber commented, "This project was an idea that began with the Cobra project. We knew we were just scraping the surface by adding in the alternative fuel components. Once we got started, the need to offer additional curriculum and training options was apparent. This grant will help expand those offerings for our students and for future students."
Above: Tom Underwood, KYPERC; Dr. James Klouber, OCTC; and Tod Griffin, KPGA present a check for $15,000 for propane autogas conversion technology as part of the initiative.

The Kentucky Propane Gas Association provides its membership with legislative, regulatory, and operational support, while fostering fellowship in order to safely expand, enhance, and promote the growth and professionalism of the propane industry.