07/29/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/30/2021 09:55
STATE OF IOWA
IN THE NAME AND BY THE AUTHORITY Of THE STATE OF IOWA
PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY
WHEREAS, because of the high demand for petroleum products throughout the Midwest, the people of the State of Iowa are faced with extensive challenges to timely access to supplies of motor fuels; and
WHEREAS, the effects of this fuel access constraint are being felt throughout the State of Iowa; and
WHEREAS, strict compliance with the permit and fee requirements of Iowa Code
§§ 32 l.463(6)(a) and (b) and § 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511 allowing oversize and overweight divisible loads under certain circumstances will prevent or hinder efforts to cope with this incident; and
WHEREAS, drivers transporting motor fuels are experiencing long wait times at terminals; and
WHEREAS, long wait times at petroleum product terminals, combined with the need to truck motor fuels over long distances due to outages at select terminals, make it difficult for transp011ers to meet demand and comply with state and federal hours-of-service requirements; and
WHEREAS, the limited suspension of certain hours of service regulations for drivers of commercial motor vehicles transporting motor fuels in our state will increase the amount of these products transported throughout the State of Iowa, thereby reducing the damaging effects of this access constraint; and
WHEREAS, these conditions threaten the peace, health, and safety of the citizens of the State of Iowa and accordingly provide legal justification for the issuance of a Proclamation of a State of Disaster Emergency pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(1).
NOW, THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of lowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution Art. IV,§§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code § 29C.6 (1), and all other applicable laws, do hereby proclaim a STATE OF DISASTER EMERGENCY for the entire state of Iowa and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:
SECTION ONE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6), I temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 321.449 pertaining to hours of service for crews and drivers delivering motor fuels, including gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel during the duration of this disaster, subject to these conditions:
SECTION TWO. Pursuant to Iowa Code§ 29C.6(6,) I hereby suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.463(6)(a) and (b) and 321E.29 and Iowa Admin. Code chapter 761-511, to the extent that those provisions restrict the movement of oversize and overweight loads of motor fuels, including gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel and require a permit to transport such loads.
SECTION THREE. Suspension of these provisions applies to loads transported on all highways within Iowa, excluding the interstate system, and those which do not exceed a maximum of 90,000 pounds gross weight, do not exceed the maximum axle weight limit determined under the non-primary highway maximum gross weight table in Iowa Code § 321.463(6)(6), by more than twelve and one-half percent (12.5%), do not exceed the legal maximum axle weight limit of 20,000 pounds, comply with posted limits on roads and bridges, and otherwise remain within the manufacturer's specification for the maximum load for the vehicles and combination of vehicles.
SECTION FOUR. This action is intended to allow vehicles transporting motor fuels, including gasoline, diesel #1, diesel #2, ethanol, and biodiesel to be oversize and overweight, not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight, without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.
SECTION FIVE. Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.
SECTION SIX. This state of disaster emergency shall be effective immediately. This proclamation of disaster emergency shall expire on August 28, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I HAVE HEREUNTO SUBSCRIBED MY NAME AND CAUSED THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF IOWA TO BE AFFIXED AT DES MOINES, IOWA THIS TWENTY-NINTH DAY OF JULY IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE.
KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS
PAUL D. PATE
SECRETARY OF STATE