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SBA Announces Extended Deadline for EIDL Loans

January 4, 2021

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has extended the deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) to December 31, 2021.   Loans distributed through the EIDL program differ from Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. EIDL loans are not eligible for forgiveness and must be paid back.…

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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces New Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigation

January 4, 2021

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced last week the initiation of antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations for the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. These investigations are intended to determine whether or not passenger vehicle and light truck (PVLT) tires from these…

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U.S. Congress Passes Economic Relief Legislation- 2nd PPP Included in the Bill

December 22, 2020

The U.S. Congress passed the $900 billion COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Relief Act today. This legislation, which passed along with the $1.4 trillion FY21 budget package, is the second largest stimulus package ever passed, behind the CARES Act, which was passed in March of this year.  The bill now goes to…

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Minnesota Auto Dealers Sue Over Clean Cars Rule

January 8, 2021

The Minnesota Auto Dealers filed a suit against the state of Minnesota today in federal court. The lawsuit is an effort to stop the state from adopting harsher clean car standards set by the state of California. The auto dealers argue that the new standards would raise costs for consumers…

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EPA Finalizes Particulate Matter NAAQS

December 8, 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced today at a press conference the final decision by the EPA to retain the existing National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for particulate matter (PM). These standards were set by the Obama-Biden Administration to limit harmful emissions and improve…

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New Lobby Group Sets Goal of All Electric Vehicle Sales by 2030

November 18, 2020

This week, the Zero Emission Transportation Association (ZETA) announced their organizational goal of 100 percent electric vehicle sales by the end of the decade. ZETA is a coalition of 28 businesses across the United States, including utility groups like Pacific Gas and Electric, automobile industry stakeholders such as Tesla and…

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