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Governor Delegated Decision on Requesting Pilot-Related Waiver

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Haslam’s request for a federal waiver on gasoline standards is a first major test of his campaign pledge to recuse himself from issues that could affect the family-owned chain of Pilot Flying J truck stops.
An explosion at the Valero refinery in Memphis earlier this month led to concerns about gas shortages in the city, one of the country’s largest freight distribution hubs. Valero is also Pilot’s largest fuel supplier in the Memphis area.
The Republican governor told The Associated Press on Friday that he delegated the decision about requesting a fuel standards waiver to his deputy, Claude Ramsey.
“Obviously as governor I can’t just totally abdicate my responsibilities,” Haslam said in an interview outside his Capitol office. “But because I knew that somebody like you someday would ask a question, I said find out the right answer, talk to the local folks as well as our (Department of Environment and Conservation) people and come up with the right answer.”

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