DELAWARE PROPOSES CHANGES TO UST RULES
The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
(DNREC) has proposed extensive changes to its underground storage tank
regulations. Some of the most significant changes would include:
- Secondary containment of the entire UST system must be used at all new
- Release detection methods such as observation wells, monitoring wells
and vapor detection wells are prohibited five years after the regulations
- Equipment used for release detection must pass annual testing and
- USTs containing ethanol blends must be checked for water in the tank
- Operators must conduct a visual inspection of the entire facility at
least once every 30 days, including lifting all sump covers, removing
dispenser covers and lifting all manhole covers to check for evidence of
equipment deterioration, malfunction or a release;
- Emergency generator tanks must implement a method of release detection
by January 1, 2009; and
- Double elbow swing joints must be replaced with flexible connectors by
January 1, 2011.
The proposed regulation is available at the
DNREC website. A
public hearing is scheduled for October 30 in New Castle. Public comments
are due by that time. Contact Jill Hall at
Jill.Hall@state.de.us for more
TENNESSEE PROPOSES AMENDMENTS TO UST RULES
Under a rule proposed by the state Department of Environment and
Natural Resources, beginning January 1, 2009, specified monthly release
detection methods would be required for certain tanks that now are subject
to tightness testing. The proposed changes would also eliminate (beginning
in 2009) certain release detection and monitoring methods currently allowed
by the regulations. Written comments are due by November 19. Notice of the
proposed changes to the tank rules is available
INDUSTRY MEETINGS PLANNED BEFORE AND AFTER PEI CONVENTION IN ATLANTA
The National Institute for Storage Tank Management (NISTM) is holding
its Third Annual Underground Storage Tank Conference and Tradeshow on
November 5-6, 2007, at the Georgia International Convention Center in
College Park, Georgia. The speakers slated to make presentations at the
conference are outstanding and include regulators and many PEI members.
Information about the conference is available at
The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC),
American Petroleum Institute (API), and Association of State and Territorial
Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) are offering a two-day training
course on technical issues related to assessment and remediation of
oxygenates and other fuel components. Instructors will present a balanced
program offering both theoretical and field-based information covering site
characteristics, remedial technology selection, design and implementation.
The course will be offered November 15-16, 2007, at the DoubleTree Hotel,
Atlanta-Buckhead, in Atlanta. For registration information, call NEIWPCC at
EZ Fuel & Tank Solutions, Duluth, Georgia, was ranked 697 on Inc.
Magazine's first ever Inc. 5,000 list of the fastest growing private
companies in the country. EZ Fuel's sales growth for the three-year period
ending December 2006 was 478 percent.
Michigan's Court of Appeals has upheld fines totaling about $2.5
million against Bulk Petroleum Corp. for failing to comply with an
administrative order covering leaking underground storage tanks at a retail
gasoline station in the state.
A study conducted by the National Research Council (NRC) and published
by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) concludes that if ethanol
production increases as forecast, it will have a harmful impact on water
supplies at regional and local levels. The NRC found that increased
cultivation of corn and expansion of biofuel crops into regions not yet
suited for agriculture—like
drought-prone areas—would change
irrigation practices and "greatly increase" pressure on water resources. The
report also said that operations at biorefineries could "substantially"
impact water supplies.
Ethanol producer Agassiz Energy has delayed its initial public
offering and its plans to build a 55 million-gallon ethanol plant in
Minnesota because of weak prices for the fuel. Agassiz is the fourth company
to recently announce delays in new ethanol plant construction.
A new poll conducted by Harris Interactive shows that 78 percent of
Americans believe that using ethanol would reduce US dependence on foreign
"It is unrealistic to think that E85—a blend of 85% ethanol and 15%
gasoline—will become widely used in the US because of supply constraints and
the extra costs of making cars that can run on the fuel", Tom Stricker of
Toyota Motor North America said October 16.--Oil Daily, October 17,
PROMOTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS
Jones & Frank Corporation, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, has named
Tom Pera vice president of business development. Pera has relocated to
Raleigh, North Carolina, from Phoenix, Arizona, where he spent the past 20
years in the petroleum equipment distribution side of the industry. He can
be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
or via cell at 919-720-0640.
Guardian Fueling Technologies, Jacksonville, Florida, has appointed
David Freeborn corporate operations manager. He was formerly branch manager
of the company's Ft. Myers regional office.
Blackmer, Grand Rapids, Michigan, has appointed Jack Spoors to the
position of director, inventory and logistics. Mark Stubbs was named
director, customer care and applications engineering.
Morrison Bros. Co., Dubuque, Iowa, has hired Tim Weiss as its vice
president of business development. He has been working with Morrison for the
past year as a special projects consultant. Phone: 800-553-4840, ext. 248.
PetroClear, Albion, Illinois, has announced that Red Leonard and
Associates will now represent PetroClear in Illinois in addition to
Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, upstate and western New York, western
Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Canada. S&R Sales will now represent
PetroClear in Wisconsin in addition to Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota
and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
TEMPERATURE COMPENSATION NEWS
The North Eastern Weights and Measures Association (NEWMA) called on the
Laws and Regulations Committee of the National Conference on Weights and
Measures to provide supporting documentation that could be used in a
regulatory impact statement if a state chose to enact automatic temperature
compensation (ATC) at the retail level. In posing a number of specific
questions to the Laws and Regulations Committee, NEWMA reached the same
conclusion as the Central Weights and Measures Association by calling for
additional research and information before making a decision on ATC. The
Southern Weights and Measures Association is debating the ATC issue this
week in Little Rock.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB868 into law October 10 that
calls for a study to analyze the temperature compensation issue. The bill
requires a survey and cost-benefit analysis and recommendations be made to
the legislature about future legislation and regulations dealing with
temperature compensation. The information must be submitted by January 1,
Malaysia distributor. Titan Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd, 5 & 7, Lorong SS 13/6A,
Subang Jaya Industrial Estate, Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia, has applied
for distributor division membership. Meei Shyang Tan is the general manager
of the firm, which was established in 1993. Titan Oil & Gas represents
ELAFLEX, EmcoWheatn, Franklin, Gasboy, Gilbarco, Kraus, OPW-FC, Petrteknik,
PIUSI, PtrTechnik, RYKO and Wayne. Sponsored for PEI membership by John W.H.
Chan, TitanIntl, Hong Kong.
Aboveground fuel storage tank manufacturer. Northern Steel
Industries, Box 1718, Tisdale, Saskatchewan S0E 1T0, Canada, has applied for
manufacturer division membership. Doug S. Snider is operations manager for
the firm, which was established in 1994. Northern Steel Industries
manufactures stationary aboveground fuel storage tanks which are sold
through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ernie Martens, Westeel, Olds, AB.
Korea distributor. Dhehyun E&I Inc., #306 Han Do Bldg., 987-14,
Daechi 3-Dong, Kangnam-Gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea 135-849, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Il Sung Chung is CEO of the firm, which was
established in 1990. Sponsored for PEI membership by Wayne Geyer, STI, Lake
Car wash distributor. Integrated Cleaning Systems, P. O. Box 10209,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33419, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Kevin J. Collette is president of the firm, which was
established in 1997. Integrated Cleaning Systems distributes automatic car
wash systems, tunnels, water reclamation systems, and glass modular wash
enclosures. Sponsored for PEI membership by Carol Schram, Peco, Auburn
Brazil dispenser manufacturer. Stratema Industria e Comercio Ltda.,
Rua Armandina Braga de Almeida, 357, Guarulhos, Brazil 07141-003, has
applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Joseph Walton, Jr., is an
engineer for the firm, which was established in 2004. Stratema manufactures
gasoline, alcohol and diesel dispensers in Brazil. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Marcello Cyrino, Zeppini, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Florida petroleum contractor. CT Earle Corporation Tank & Piping
Division, 7001 Gibsonton Drive, Gibsonton, Florida 33534, has applied for
affiliate division membership. David J. Lennie is vice president of the
company, which was established in 1972. The firm installs and upgrades
tanks, piping, electrical and associated equipment. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Matt Cothren, UnivStruc, Plant City, FL.
Missouri installation and service firm. Rick's Petro Service, 1609 S.W.
20th Street, Blue Springs, Missouri 64015, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Rick Cherry is owner of the firm, which was established
in 1989. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard D. Dixon, Hoidale, Wichita,
Ontario installation and service company. Kardtech Inc., #30
Intermodel Unit #11, Brampton, Ontario L6T 5K1, Canada, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Mark Dikken is president of the firm, which
was established in 1999. Kardtech installs and repairs cardlock management
systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tiina McCombie, NatlEnergy,
Mississauga, ON, and Chris Vassos, WalecoInc, Mississauga, ON.
Tennessee service firm. Dynamis, Inc., P. O. Box 50636, Knoxville,
Tennessee 37950, has applied for affiliate division membership. Danny Jones
is president of the firm, which was established in 1998. Dynamis provides
petroleum and environmental services. Sponsored for PEI membership by W.
Douglas Bruce, RBMCo, Knoxville, TN.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Gary Douglas, Pilot Travel Centers LLC, Maryville, TN (O&E)
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFERS APPROVED
- Jorgensen Petroleum Maintenance, Inc., Evansville, Indiana,
from affiliate division to distributor division