NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said he was unaware that freezing new state regulations that delayed a proposed environmental rule affecting his family's convenience stores and truck stops.

When Haslam announced a 45-day freeze on new regulations four days after taking office on Jan. 15, he suspended a would-be rule directing businesses and local governments to replace single-walled underground fuel storage tanks installed before July 2007 with double-walled tanks if they are used to dispense fuel blends with more than 10% ethanol.

In an interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Haslam said he didn't implement the freeze with his family's Pilot Corp. in mind. The privately held company, in which Haslam holds an unspecified share, owns Pilot convenience stores and is the majority stakeholder in Pilot Flying J truck stops.

Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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