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February 20, 2007 | Vol. 57, No. 4

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It looks as though 45 states will opt to require secondary containment to comply with the provisions of the Energy Act of 2005. Two states, Missouri and Kansas, are firmly committed to the option that requires financial responsibility for manufacturers and installers. Two states, North Dakota and South Dakota, have yet to make up their minds. And Louisiana seems to be leaning toward a hybrid option that would require financial responsibility for a few years and then move into secondary containment.

States receiving funding under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) were required by federal law to implement one of those two options by February 8. In a perfect world, tank owners in those 45 states would know by now when they will be required to install secondary containment systems. But things don't always happen when they should, especially if you are dealing with government programs. The federal EPA recognizes this and has stated it will be lenient with states that do not meet the deadline. So as the states get prepared to issue their rules, we will be left with a hodgepodge of deadlines that tank owners, manufacturers and installers will have to meet. The challenge of understanding those deadlines is greater for businesses that market in multiple states. For the states that will require secondary containment, the question simply is this: When will secondary containment be required and what will we have to do to comply?

Beginning today, we have asked each state to provide us answers to that question. They recognize that tank installations are being planned for 2007 and that owners, manufacturers, distributors and installers need to know--sooner rather than later--what is required of them. The answers the states provide can be viewed at Don't expect all states to reply in a timely manner. Some do a better job communicating than others. Some may elect not to respond at all. If you know an UST program manager that works for a state that has not posted a response to our survey, please provide a gentle prod. PEI members and their customers want to do things right, but need the information to make an informed decision.

If your company provides or offers service contracting to your end-user customers, we encourage you to complete the online annual Service Rates Survey by clicking here. Your participation allows us to compile accurate and representative data. The survey is available through March 1, at which time we will compile the results. Responses are handled in strict confidence.

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The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that provides $10 million for research and development to help retool the petroleum-dominated motor fuels infrastructure to handle biofuels. The House passed legislation earlier this month (400-3) that helps save fuel distributors and retailers from bearing the cost of replacing or building new infrastructure. While the Senate does not have a companion bill at this time, congressional aides say prospects for the bill's enactment is good.

Modifying retail stations to dispense biofuels could cost between $30,000 and $200,000 per station. Changing infrastructure nationwide could cost $5 billion to $30 billion.

is now offering B20 biodiesel capability on a limited number of light- and medium-duty trucks. General Motors alternative fuels marketing manager Mike McGarry said that GM is working to expand B20 capability in 2008.
New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark announced February 13 that an increasing proportion of cleaner-burning biofuels must be sold to cut greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy security. Judith Tizard, Associate Minister of Transport, said the sales obligation, starting in April 2008, would require 3.4 percent of the total fuel sold by oil companies to be biofuel by 2012. The obligation will be reached by the sale of varying mixes of biofuel gasoline and diesel.

Tanknology Inc.
, Austin, Texas, has promoted several executives to key management positions. Kevin Keegan has been named chief operating officer. Keegan will oversee four new regional divisions within the US, which will be directed by these newly-named regional vice presidents: Mark Shaw (western division), C. J. Schultz, (eastern division), Brian Derge (southern division), and Todd Ferguson (northern division). Bill Callaway has been promoted to the newly-created position of vice president of quality assurance and technical development.
Husky Corporation, Pacific, Missouri, has appointed Doug Adams Sales Associates/JimCo Sales to represent the company in Texas and Oklahoma. MCD Reps will represent Husky in northern California, northern Nevada, northern Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Hawaii. Mike Ellrich has been appointed Husky's central region sales representative. In addition to his new responsibilities, Ellrich will continue managing customer service and marketing activities for the company. Grenny Sutcliffe has been named Husky's western region sales manager. Sutcliffe will also facilitate regulatory interaction with CARB.
Butler Capital Corporation, Hunt Valley, Maryland, has hired Carol Hurley as head of the company's car care and convenience-and-gasoline financing units.
Balcrank Products Inc., Weaverville, North Carolina, has appointed Automotive Equipment Sales, Maumelle, Arkansas, to represent the company in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississipppi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Mark VII Equipment Inc., the US subsidiary of WashTec AG of Germany, has announced three changes within its senior management team. Sandy Bass has been named vice president of sales, Craig Campbell becomes vice president of strategic business and product development, and Ed Stellner is now vice president of service.
Multiforce Systems Corporation, Princeton, New Jersey, a nationwide provider of FuelForce fuel management systems, has hired Joe Cote as a technical support field engineer.

National-Spencer, Inc.
, Wichita, Kansas, has acquired MTN Pump Products, Inc., a California-based importer and distributor. Under the terms of the agreement, National-Spencer will be responsible for the sales and support of MTN's product line of specialty hand pumps. The pumps are primarily used to dispense chemicals and other specialty fluids in the industrial, agri-business, automotive and chemical industries.
Jones & Frank Corporation, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, has opened a new branch office in Greenville, South Carolina. The address is Jones & Frank - Greenville, 24 Vardry Street, Suite 101-F, Greenville, SC 29601. Telephone: (800) 275-1656. This is the company's seventh branch office.

The Iowa Attorney General
has filed suit against Bulk Petroleum Corp. alleging environmental violations at 17 retail gasoline stations in nine cities in Iowa. The suit alleges that Bulk "repeatedly has failed to comply with requirements to prevent corrosion of steel UST systems, failed to prevent and detect releases, failed to report and investigate releases, and failed to maintain UST compliance records."
The City of Detroit has extended its moratorium on the building of new gasoline stations in the city until September 2008. The moratorium was originally put into effect in 2004 in an effort to stop business owners from abandoning old gas stations. The moratorium does not prevent business owners from opening gas stations on the sites of closed or abandoned stations.

Delek US Holdings Inc.
said its MAPCO Express Inc. subsidiary has signed an agreement to purchase 107 retail convenience stores from Calfee Co. of Dalton Inc. for approximately $65 million. The stores are located primarily in eastern Tennessee and northern Georgia and operate under the name Favorite Markets. Fuel is sold at 104 of the 107 stores.
ConocoPhillips will transition out of branded gasoline and diesel sales throughout Minnesota, North Carolina, and South Carolina and in certain parts of Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Arizona and Nevada. This transition will reduce the number of Phillips 66, Conoco and 76 branded locations by about 850.
Walker Oil Company, Pleasant Grove, Utah, has sold their 23 convenience stores and other assets to Tetco, based in San Antonio, Texas. 

The Society of Tank & Equipment Professionals (STEP) and the Georgia Tank & Environmental Contractors Association (GTEC) are sponsoring a Cathodic Protection Testers Course in Atlanta, Georgia, March 26-28, 2007. This three-day course is given by a NACE certified corrosion/cathodic protection specialist and includes hands-on instruction, as well as a written exam and a field evaluation on both an impressed current system and an STI-P3 UST system.  This course is in its tenth year and is accepted by many states for qualification of testers.  PEI members receive a discount.  Go to and click on Training and Education or fax (888) 521-6803 for a registration form and flyer.

William "Bill" D. Biermann
, owner/president of Biermann Services Inc. of Chicopee, Massachusetts, died January 31. He was 60. Bill spent 35 years in our industry, founding Biermann Electrical in 1972. His company grew from two employees to over two dozen today. Bill was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Vietnam Conflict where he received the Purple Heart Medal. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts of America. Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Anna Biermann; two children, Derrick and Kathryn; and two grandchildren.
Charles Dempsey Kemp, who served 53 years as owner and president of White-Tucker Company, Houston, Texas, died February 1 at the age of 79. He had struggled with Alzheimers for many years. Charles was elected to the PEI board of directors three times and served as PEI President in 1972. He was very involved with PEI over the years and was extremely supportive of the association and its staff. Survivors include his daughter, Katie Kemp and his daughter and son in law, Lydia and Mark Cowie, and two grandchildren. Lydia and Mark are currently president and vice president, respectively, of White-Tucker.   

California tank inspection and cleaning contractor
. Optic Fuel Clean of CA, 91 Grinding Rock Road, Paradise, California 95969, has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Mark A. Behrens is president of the firm, which was established in 2005. The company provides fuel cleaning for underground and aboveground storage tanks. Nominated for PEI membership by Shelly Sundeng, OpticFuel, Fargo, ND.
Singapore contractor
. Daiya Engineering & Construction Pte Ltd., No. 22 Defu Lane, Singapore 539375, has applied for affiliate division membership. Katherine Chua is project engineer for the firm, which was established in 1987. The company builds service stations and installs tanks and piping in Singapore. Nominated for PEI membership by Chris Ng, SDSolutions, Singapore.

Admitted to PEI

  • Comprehensive Compliance Management, Inc., Granby, MA (aff)
  • Lakeland Graphics, Inc., Brooklyn Center, MN (aff)
  • Wellert Corporation, Medina, OH (aff)
  • SERVNORTHWEST Sales, Seattle, WA (aff)

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