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2015 revised underground storage tank regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
In June 2015, EPA issued the 2015 underground storage tank regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. The revisions will help prevent and detect UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.
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HR + Risk Management



Can you terminate an employee for drinking on the job after a request for assistance?
Federated Insurance
Question: We have a restaurant/bar. We have a company policy that if you are caught drinking on the job, you can be suspended and/or terminated. We found a bartender in a beer cooler drinking while he was on the clock. He denied and lied about the situation but later admitted this happened. After admitting this happened, he told a manager he needs help and wants to go to a drug rehabilitation program and wanted to know if our company would help to pay for this. Question: Can we still fire this employee for breaking company policy even though after the fact he states he needs personal help and might need to take a leave of absence?
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Are your property limits accurate?
Federated Insurance
Imagine you get that middle-of-the-night call every business owner dreads: There's smoke coming from the roof at your main location. When you arrive, the entire building is in flames. The fire gets put out shortly after dawn, but it's evident the fire and water damage is extensive. That shiny new equipment is now scrap, the shelves, light fixtures, inventory, carpet, family photos — anything and everything — ruined.
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Legislative Updates



Downeast LNG signs on engineering firm for proposed gas terminal
Bangor Daily News
Downeast LNG Inc. has signed a letter of agreement with one of the largest engineering and construction firms in the global energy industry to build its proposed liquefied natural gas import-export terminal at Mill Cove in Robbinston. Downeast LNG and CB&I will "work collaboratively to secure the phased development, design and construction” of the project, according to a news release issued by Dean Girdis, president and CEO of Downeast LNG.
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Sea-3 exemption hearing set for October
The Portsmouth Herald
The state Site Evaluation Committee has posted a procedural schedule as it moves forward on Sea-3's request to exempt the proposed expansion of their Newington propane facility from full state review. Alexander Speidel, the presiding officer of the state Site Evaluation Committee, noted in a recent order that Sea-3's proposed improvements "appear to be a sizeable change or addition to the existing facility."
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2015 schedule for Code Update Seminars
Maine Fuel Board
As of April 7, the dates, times and locations for the seminars are listed on the following page up to July 10.
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 MEMA Special Events

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Aug. 31 23rd Annual J. Garrie Murray MEMA Golf Classic Martindale Country Club, Auburn, ME



Industry Headlines



Where is the oil?
Real Clear Energy
For several months, oil market pundits (economists, analysts, company spokespeople and government officials) have warned of a developing global crude oil surplus. Early this year, IEA economists even asserted world storage capacity might be exhausted. Today pundits still suggest we will confront a serious imbalance by year's end.
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Portland looking for solar projects around city
The Associated Press via Maine Public Broadcasting
Maine's largest city is releasing a public bid that offers up rooftops in the city for projects that generate solar-powered electricity. Portland city officials say several facilities around the city are potential sites for solar power systems. They include the Portland International Jetport, a library storage facility, two schools and a fire station.
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Why EnCana's deep Panuke problems matter, part 2: Does New England have a natural gas dilemma?
OilVoice
Natural gas discoveries in offshore Nova Scotia were supposed to help supply New England with years and years of natural gas supply. But Exxon has already left the area (Sable Island) and Encana's reservoirs (Deep Panuke) is watering out well ahead of schedule. With Marcellus production now peaking, and increased pipeline capacity to the west, north and south — how will New England fare in winter months after two years of record high natural gas prices that are 3 to 4 times the national average?
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Convenience Store News



More salaried workers to be eligible for overtime pay
NACS
On July 2, President Barack Obama is expected to formally announce a new rule from the Department of Labor, raising the salary threshold under which employees must be paid overtime rates for hours worked. Importantly for c-store operators, the DOL is not currently proposing any changes to the standard duties test for exempt employees but rather is asking the public for input on whether they should be changed and how.
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Obamacare stands; what's next for retailers?
CSPnet.com
Obamacare stands. The Supreme Court's recent ruling in the King v. Burwell litigation removes one of the last roadblocks to enforcement of the law and means that come 2016, all larger employers will need to offer insurance coverage. The central issue in that ruling, which was the largest challenge to the Affordable Care Act since 2012, was whether federal subsidies would be offered to individuals purchasing insurance on the federally run exchanges many states are using.
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