Tennessee gov claims he was unaware reg delay benefits family business

| 2/1/2011

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says he was unaware ? when he delayed new environmental rules ? that it might benefit his family?s business. Haslam and his family are majority owners of Pilot Flying J.

The new state regulations would have forced businesses and local governments to replace single-walled underground fuel storage tanks installed before July 2007. The tanks would have been replaced with double-walled tanks if they are used to dispense fuel blends with more than 10 percent ethanol.

Haslam froze a number of regulations four days after taking office as part of a review process. He told the Chattanooga Free Press that he didn?t even know about the underground tank issue until the reporter who was interviewing him told him about it.