Thursday, 25 February 2010

In Passing

Notice served


Got this letter today from my fuel oil vendor:

Effective March 1, 2010
Regulatory Compliance Charge

Overview
The regulatory compliance charge offsets a portion of the costs incurred by *** [company] to comply with mandatory rules and regulations imposted by Federal, State, and local governments.

The charge covers some costs [of complying with] governmental regulations related to... 1) Workplace and public safety; 2) Federal and local codes; and 3) Environmental protection. Listed below is a recent, but non-comprehensive, list of mandatory requirements affecting fuel suppliers...
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation Compliance
  • Employee Training & Driver Qualifications
  • Hazardous Material Training & Certification
  • Environmental Protection / Oil Spill Regulations
  • Equipment Testing & Safety Inspections
  • Hazardous Materials Monitoring and Cleanup Funds
  • Drug Testing (annual and random)
  • Remote Control Shutdown System on Delivery Equipment
  • Department of Homeland Security Regulations (Driver Regulations)
  • Emergency Planning & Response
  • O.S.H.A. Hazardous Communication Compliance
Charge Costs
The regulatory compliance charge [will be] applied to deliveries for residential and commercial customers.

Frequently Asked Questions
Why are regulatory compliance charges becoming more common?
Today there are [more] mandatory compliance issues and charges than ever before...

Why do some energy companies have charges and others do not?
All energy companies are subject to the same regulations; however, some choose to embed these regulatory compliance costs in the price of fuel... At ****, we believe the fairest practice is to separate these charges out for your information.
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What this means is that beginning next month I’m going to see a $2.82 line item on my delivery ticket.  Lovely.

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