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November 2, 2007 | Vol. 57, No. 22

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The Southern Weights and Measures Association (SWMA) voted last week in Little Rock, Arkansas, to recommend to the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) that automatic temperature compensation (ATC) be mandated at retail locations where dispensers deliver fuel at or above 30 gallons per minute (gpm). The SWMA also recommended that the ATC issue at lower volume stations (i.e., under 30 gpm) be moved forward at the NCWM as developmental, not voting, and subject to further study.

The SWMA was the fourth of four regional weights and measures groups to meet prior to the January NCWM Interim Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After the recommendations from the four groups are presented in Albuquerque, NCWM delegates will attempt to develop language governing ATC that the Conference can act on at its annual meeting in Burlington, Vermont, next July.

The Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) has completed its "widespread use" analysis of Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery (ORVR) systems and has submitted a final report to EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. The report is available here.

The federal law that required Stage II vapor recovery also required ORVR, beginning with certain 1998 model gasoline-powered light duty motor vehicles, with a full phase in by model year 2006 for other classes of gasoline-powered motor vehicles. The decision by Congress to require new motor vehicles to be equipped with ORVR at some point also meant the end of Stage II at service stations. Since they are redundant systems, most Stage II programs will reach a point where the continually diminishing emissions benefit will no longer justify the cost of installing new systems or maintaining existing ones. The Clean Air Act recognizes this fact and authorizes the EPA Administrator to waive Stage II requirements for areas classified as serious, severe, or extreme when the Administrator determines that ORVR systems are in "widespread use" throughout the motor vehicle fleet. This report examines the issue and predicts when states are expected to be able to discontinue Stage II and rely on ORVR as the exclusive means for controlling gasoline refueling emissions.

SWMA Acts on Temperature Compensation

NESCAUM Issues Vapor Recovery Report

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According to data compiled in 2006 by EPA's Office of Transportation and Air Quality, there are 275 counties located in 27 states and the District of Columbia that have implemented Stage II vapor recovery programs. NESCAUM is an association that represents eight of those states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. 

The 2007 PEI Convention in Atlanta at the NACS Show kicks off in less than a week at the Georgia World Congress Center. You can still register online and save $100 off the on-site registration fee through November 5 at www.pei.org/show. Online registration will remain available after that date to accommodate late registrants.

The telephone number of the PEI Registration Desk in Atlanta is (404) 222-5910. PEI members can download an updated list of attendees by going here.

OPW Fluid Transfer Group
, Mason, Ohio, has appointed Mark Tippie to the position of vice president of Asia-Pacific & Latin America. Tippie can be reached at mtippie@opwftg.com or (513) 696-1795.
Total Control Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has named Mathieu Alarie its new Latin America salesman. His territory will include Mexico, Central America, and South America.

FLEX-ING, Sherman, Texas, has signed a letter of agreement to purchase the assets of Westover Corporation, Elkhart, Indiana.
Porter Associates Inc. has moved to 871 Frank Road, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380. Email: porterassociates@verizon.net. Phone: (610) 701-5463. Fax: (610) 436-4968.
Total Control Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana, has added 13,000 square feet of space for a new high-tech machining center.
can arguably out-volume you and out-price you on any number of things it retails, including gasoline. So can other hypermarketers. But their growth as the newest format has not translated to obsolescence or failure for most C-stores and stations. Their discount on the street, while formidable, has not manifested to the extremes fear-mongers had predicted."--Lundberg Letter, October 25, 2007.

Georgia distributor
. C & M Equipment, Inc., P. O. Box 1283, Watkinsville, Georgia 30677, has applied for distributor division membership. Dennis Manders is vice president of the firm, which was established in 1986. C & M Equipment represents CntmtSoltn, EmcoWheatn, Freedom, HoseMaster, IRPCOinc, RDMElec, Riverside, ServiceWld, Vaporless and VST. Sponsored for PEI membership by Betty West, EmcoWheatn, Wilson, NC, and F. Jeff Futrelle, MecoAgusta, Augusta, GA.
Texas installation and service company
. Titus Pump Service, P. O. Box 6140, Longview, Texas 75608, has applied for affiliate division membership. Stephen Scott is vice president of the firm, which was established in 1969. Sponsored for PEI membership by Fred Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX, and David Bandy, OnSiteMktg, San Antonio, TX.
Texas environmental consulting firm. StarCo EnviroServices, Inc., P. O. Box 2600, Bay City, Texas 77414, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tristan Couey is marketing manager for the firm, which was established in 1992. StarCo EnviroServices is a full-service environmental consulting company. Sponsored for PEI membership by Fred Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX.


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.