Governor Tate Reeves of Mississippi executed an emergency declaration that waives hours of service requirements in response to severe weather including torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. The proclamation waives hours of service requirements for the areas affected by the storms. The waiver is in effect until the threat to public safety ceases.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration formally published a two-year delay to the compliance deadline for the Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) program, which is available in the Federal Register here. On January 29th, FMCSA announced the delay on the agency’s homepage. The delay changes the compliance deadline for all participants from February 7, 2020 to February 7, 2022. In July 2019, FMCSA proposed a two-year delay to parts of the ELDT program applicable to state licensing agencies; however, the agency received significant feedback to delay the entire program for all stakeholders.
On January 24, 2020, the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department published a Final Rule to address an outdated regulation that rendered residential properties within 300 feet of a 1,000-gallon propane tank ineligible for Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed loans, which are common among first-time homebuyers. A HUD regulation, based on studies from 1975 and 1982, was the underlying justification for the below provision in the FHA Single Family Housing Policy Handbook 4000.1, relied on by FHA home appraisers:
The EIA reported actual U.S. propane inventory of 101.4 million barrels for the month of October 2019 (45 days of demand) and the outlook for total propane inventory is further declines through April 2020. The April 2020 inventory level is currently project to approach 60 million barrels, in line with 2019 inventory levels.
One of the initiatives that NPGA had undertaken as part of its workforce development efforts was to apply to the Department of Labor (DOL) for approval of a Registered Apprenticeship Program. Because workforce development and outreach initiatives cut across the roles of both NPGA and PERC, we have worked closely with PERC, who supported NPGA’s application process.
Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota executed an emergency declaration that waives hours of service requirements in response to severe weather including record precipitation levels. The executive order waives hours of service requirements for propane and other petroleum fuels. The waiver is in effect for 30 days, from January 10, 2020 to February 8, 2020.