Dear PEI Member:
PEI’s mission is to be the leading authority and source
of information for the petroleum equipment handling industry. We are pleased
that the vast majority of PEI members—94 percent—tell us we are achieving
our mission. This percentage has improved over time, and we believe that’s
due, in part, to the acceptance our recommended practices have had over the
last two decades.
PEI has been producing recommended practices since
1986. Our first one, Recommended Practices for the Installation of
Underground Liquid Storage Systems, was written at the request of the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and is referenced in the federal
underground storage tank law. It is the most requested document ever
produced by PEI.
Five years later, we wrote two more documents because
the industry needed comprehensive, yet concise, uniform guidance on the
installation of ASTs and installation and testing of vapor recovery systems.
Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for
Motor-Vehicle Fueling (RP200) and Recommended Practices for the
Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle Fueling Sites
(RP300) were written to fill that void.
A rash of refueling fires in 2000 and 2001 caused end-user customers and
contractors to become increasingly interested in procedures used in testing
electrical continuity in dispenser hose assemblies. At that time, there were
no procedures that were universally accepted by contractors, customers,
manufacturers and regulators. PEI formed a committee of end-users,
regulators and service contractors who responded to the need by writing the
Recommended Procedure for Testing Electrical Continuity for
Fuel-Dispensing Hanging Hardware (RP400), which was published in 2002.
In 2004, equipment manufacturers, installers,
maintenance companies and end-user customers sorely needed a document that
described how to inspect and maintain fuel-dispensing equipment. Too many
accidents were occurring simply because equipment on the dispensing island
was not inspected and maintained on a regular basis, and the petroleum
marketing community asked for our help. A committee was appointed that year
and we published the requested recommended practices (RP500) in 2005.
Two years ago, the Board of Directors recognized that
the association’s recommended practices were fulfilling an important role in
the industry by providing information on subjects that no other group chose
to cover. As a result, an ambitious plan to publish four new recommended
practices was launched. After nearly two years, we are getting close to
finalizing most of the documents. This is where we stand today on PEI’s four
new recommended practices:
Overfill Prevention for Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks (RP600) will be
printed and available by the end of this month.
Selection, Sizing and Installation of Pneumatic and Hydraulic Transmission
Systems for the Lubrication Industry (RP700) is in rough draft form. This
document should be available for public comment in late 2008.
Installation of Bulk Storage Plants (RP800) will be available for public
comment sometime next month.
Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems (RP900) is available for public
comment through September 26 at
One initiative from PEI’s 2007 Strategic Long Range
Plan is to identify topics that might provide subject matter for other
recommended practices. Future recommended practices should include all of
the following elements:
- The subject matter
involves practices and/or procedures used in the petroleum equipment
industry and serves the greater good of the industry,
- The topic has not been
adequately covered in documents produced by others, and
- The expertise exists
among PEI members to write the document.
If there is a topic that you believe PEI should consider
developing as a recommended practice, we would like to hear from you. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions. We will compile the responses and
forward them on to our board of directors for consideration at their next
meeting. The current recommended practices are available for purchase at
www.pei.org/shopping. Member price is $40.
NCWM STEERING COMMITTEE MEETS ON ATC ISSUE
technical and equity questions were brought up at the 2007 annual meeting of
the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) in Salt Lake City to
pass the Laws and Regulations Committee’s proposal for permissive automatic
temperature compensation (ATC). As a result, the NCWM Board of Directors
appointed an ATC Steering Committee to quickly research and address these
The Steering Committee met in late August in Chicago to
consider what technical and training requirements weights and measures
officials might require in the event the NCWM, Congress or state
legislatures permit or require ATC at the retail level. This committee will
prepare a report for NCWM members to reference and debate at their four fall
regional meetings that begin September 9 in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The Steering
Committee’s report is expected to appear soon on the NCWM website at
RP Topics Requested
NCWM Meets on ATC Issue
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PEI MEMBER NEWS
PWI, Incorporated, New Oxford, Pennsylvania, and PIM/UEG,
Sewickley, Pennsylvania, have established a joint venture that will operate
as PWI West. Formed to better serve the Pittsburgh market, PWI West will
operate from PIM/UEG’s facility located at 241 McAleer Road, Sewickley,
Pennsylvania 15143. Phone: 412-367-0515.
J-8 Equipment Company, Denver, Colorado, is currently
celebrating its 50th year in business.
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, has added Mayflower Oil and Gas Co.,
Lagos, Nigeria, and Tekcellent Private Limited, Karachi, Pakistan, to its
group of international licensees.
INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM MARKETING NOTES
has put its Argentine assets (branded Esso) up for sale, according to the
daily newspaper Clarin. The assets include a refinery and a chain of
service stations. According to the newspaper, Esso controls 12 percent of
the Argentine market.Brazil’s Petrobras said August 28 it expects to
reach large scale cellulosic ethanol production in 2015, with the first
plant entering operations as early as 2011.
Guardian Fueling Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville,
Florida, has named Blake Bammer director of construction operations for
Guardian’s company-wide construction activities. The company’s construction
division is now completely independent of all branch operations.
Lori Stevens, in-house counsel for Ohio’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank
Regulations (BUSTR), has been named acting BUSTR chief. She replaces
Pete Chace, who served as BUSTR chief since 1999.
NORTH AMERICAN PETROLEUM MARKETING NOTES
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, plans to renovate each of its 1,600
convenience store sites over the next 3 years. The changes include a new
look for the canopies, pumps and signs. In addition, most sites will
receive new paint, new lighting and digital signage. The company also
plans to add 500 more stores over the next 4 years.—CSP Daily News,
August 30, 2007. Tri Star Energy LLC, Nashville, Tennessee, has
purchased 57 Scot Markets in Tennessee and Kentucky from Consumers
Gasoline Stations Inc., Nashville. Tri Star Energy is a joint
venture of Kimbro Oil Co., The Parman Corp. and Motiva Enterprises LLC.
Most of the 57 sites will be converted to the Shell brand.
The Kroger Co. and VeraSun Energy Corp. announced that 20
Kroger convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky will offer VeraSun’s VE85
Motiva Enterprises LLC,
Houston, Texas, has sold its interest in 18 retail gas station sites and
assigned Shell-branded supply agreements to an additional 35 sites in
the Hartford/New Haven, Connecticut, area to CPD Parent Properties
LLC, a subsidiary of Chestnut Petroleum Distributors Inc.,
New Paltz, New York.
GTEC PLANS SEMINARS AND COURSES
The Georgia Tank & Environmental Contractors Association (GTEC) is
sponsoring three tank seminars and courses this fall in Atlanta:
Underground Storage Tank
Closures/Removals Seminar (September 27). The morning
session covers the physical and safety aspects of removing and closing a
UST. The afternoon session covers sampling, closure reports and corrective
action for leaks. Participants may attend either or both sessions.
UST Leak Remediation Seminar
(October 25). This seminar is designed for UST owners who may have leaking
USTs and for environmental consultants and contractors who remediate UST
UST Cathodic Protection Testers Course
(October 31 - November 2). This course qualifies technicians to perform
cathodic protection testing of both galvanic and impressed current
systems. The course includes field training and a certification exam.
PEI members receive a discount on the courses. Vendor
tables are available. Contact
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUESTED
Jorgensen Petroleum Maintenance, Inc.,
1709A North Fares Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47711, has requested its
membership division in PEI be transferred from the affiliate division to the
distributor division. The company represents BetaLight, Catlow, Cim-Tek,
ClayBailey, CntmtSoltn, Flex-Ing, FuelMaster, Gasboy, IRPCOinc, ModernWeld,
Moormann, PMPCorp, Pneumrcatr, PtrParts, RDMElec, RedJacket, Robertshaw,
SoTnk&Mfg, SuprCanopy and TotlConSys. The transfer is sponsored by Steve
Murray, MurrayEqp, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and W. Douglas Bruce, RBMCo,
ADMITTED TO PEI
- TIPCO Technologies,
Owings Mills, MD (dis)
- Petrotec, Assistencia
Tecnica as Ramo Petrolifero, S.A., Guimaraes, Portugal (mfr)
- Fatboy Electric, Inc.,
Kansas City, MO (aff).
- Solenoid Solutions
Inc., Erie, PA (aff)
- Channakorn Engineering
Co., Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand (aff)