Dear PEI Member:
PEI is now soliciting comments on its recommended practice for the
Installation of Bulk Storage Plants (PEI/RP800).
A printed copy of the draft will be mailed to all PEI members in the
United States and Canada. However, anyone interested in reviewing and
commenting on the draft document before publication can download a copy and
submit comments online from PEI's web site at
www.pei.org/RP800. Comments are due
to PEI by Tuesday, January 15, 2008.
In recent years, factors such as the increased emphasis on environmental
protection, state and federal regulations, and safety considerations have
necessitated that bulk plants be carefully planned and constructed. Until
now, however, the lack of universal, uniform installation standards have
hampered that effort. It is anticipated that contractors following this
recommended practice will maximize bulk plant system efficiency, prevent
surface and groundwater contamination, minimize environmental hazards,
reduce safety hazards, and avoid practices that needlessly increase
The practices are the consensus recommendations of members of the PEI
Bulk Plant Installation Committee which include Terry D. Cooper (chairman),
Acterra Group; Georges Boyazis, Innovative Petroleum Products; A. Roy
Creley, Lakes Region Environmental Contractors; Wayne Geyer, Steel Tank
Institute; Doug L. Jones, Pump Masters Inc. of Texas; Mark Lipa, Neumayer
Equipment Company; Dave MacDonald, Prevent-A-Spill; Bill Morgan, Collins
Equipment Corporation; Charlene Numrych, Liquid Controls; Brian Savage,
Savage Associates, Inc.; John Steward, Blackmer - A Dover Company; and Rick
Zillig, Morrison Bros. Co.
Bulk Plant Installation RP Available for Comment
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COMPLIANCE REPORTS ON GOVERNMENT-OWNED USTs
The Energy Policy Act of 2005
required states and territories receiving certain federal funds to submit
reports regarding noncompliant underground storage tanks in their
jurisdiction that are owned or operated by federal, state, or local
governments. Reports from 54 states and territories can be found
the EPA web site. The reports
generally are not long and might be interesting to contractors performing
UST upgrade/decommissioning work.
Exxon Mobil is partnering with QuestAir Technologies, Plug Power, and
Israel's Ben Gurion University to commercialize on-vehicle hydrogen
production systems for use in a fuel cell-powered lift truck. Under the
arrangements, Plug Power will commercialize technologies developed by Exxon
Mobil, QuestAir and Ben Gurion University that take liquid fuelgasoline,
diesel, ethanol or biodieseland convert them into hydrogen onboard the
vehicle where it will be used in a fuel cell power train. "By developing a
system that converts liquid hydrocarbons into hydrogen directly on a vehicle
without the need for storage, we hope to demonstrate significant
infrastructure, logistics and cost advantages compared to other hydrogen
vehicle systems," said Emil Jacobs, vice president of Exxon Mobil Research
Honda said earlier this month that its new FCX Clarity fuel cell
vehicle will be available for lease to customers in Southern California in
mid-2008. The FCX Clarity will be available for lease for three years at a
price of $600/month. The vehicle has a fuel economy of 68 miles per gallon
and a range of 270 miles.
PENNSYLVANIA NEW TANK LAW NOW IN EFFECT
Amendments to Chapter 245 dealing with storage tanks took effect
November 10 when final rulemaking appeared in Volume 37, Number 45 of the
Pennsylvania Bulletin. An excellent summary of the changes is available
here. Some of the key
changes of interest to PEI members include:
- Re-regulating large aboveground heating oil tanks
(exempted in 1996) with greater than 30,000 gallons of capacity where the
product is consumed on the premises where stored.
- Regulating biodiesel, synthetic fuels and fluids
(motor oils), and ethanol intended for blending with motor fuel.
- Simplifying site-specific installation permit
processes for certain aboveground tanks.
- Requiring secondary containment for new or
replacement underground tank systems (tanks, product piping and/or
- Requiring routine monthly monitoring of sumps,
product piping and the interstice of double-wall tanks.
- Placing an increased emphasis on training and
standards of performance in the Installer, Inspector and Company
- Requiring line leak detectors with automatic pump
shutoff device for new and replacement underground pressurized piping.
- Precluding the internal lining of underground
- Requiring underground piping that is
tightness-tested after November 10, 2008, for routine release detection
monitoring be performed by a DEP certified UTT installer/tester.
- Requiring spill containment buckets and sumps on
underground storage tank systems be tested for liquid tightness at
installation, replacement or repair, and the test record be retained.
Husky Corporation, Pacific, Missouri, has announced the winners of
the company's annual sales awards. Winner of the President's Award is Red
Leonard Associates, Inc. The Organization of the Year Award goes to
S&R Sales, Inc. The award for Best Individual Performance was given to
Juan Vazquez of Rice Christ, Inc.
The Ohio Petroleum Contractors Association has recently elected John
Dzwonczyk of JGD Associates, Avon Lake, Ohio, to its board of directors.
PetroSun West LLC has purchased 95 of Time Oil's convenience
stores located in Washington, Oregon, California and Nevada. Time leased the
stores to independent operators.
SUMMARY OF PEI CONVENTION SURVEY
Many thanks to all those who attended our convention in
Atlanta and have taken the time to respond to our online survey sent
mid-November. The areas receiving the most positive feedback were the
exhibit hall set-up and separation from most of the convenience store
Also receiving high marks were the education sessions and the inclusion of
all session handouts in the convention program. Social networking events and
improved bussing made the list as well.
The two biggest negatives were the legibility of the badges and running
out of food at the membership lunch. Both are correctable. The convention
hotels also took a hit. There were mixed feelings about Atlanta
as a convention city. This, of course, is a decision that NACS makes, but we
will provide your feedback to them.
We will publish all survey results on our web site once we get them
tabulated and summarized. All responses to the survey will be reviewed by
the Convention and Exhibitor Advisory Committee when it meets in February.
Suggestions made for education sessions will be reviewed by the Education
Committee which also meets in February. Your candid feedback is very much
Georgia consulting engineering firm. Ridge Environmental Solutions,
Inc., 225 Creekstone Ridge, Woodstock, Georgia 30188, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Nathan Curry is vice president of business
development for the firm, which was established in 1997. Ridge not
only performs environmental assessment and remediation services, but also
implements environmental solutions for clients throughout the United States.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Joey D. Batchelor, GuardTech,
Georgia installation and service company. C & J Services of Augusta,
Inc., 2333 Old McDuffie Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906, has applied for
affiliate division membership. John R. Durst is secretary-treasurer of the
firm, which was established in 1990. Sponsored for PEI membership by F. Jeff
Futrelle, MecoAgusta, Augusta, GA.
Maryland service company. Service Station Repair LLC, 7881-C Beechcraft
Avenue, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20879, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Alex Daneshpour is the general manager of the firm, which was
established in 2005. Service Station Repair services petroleum equipment.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Mike Burgess, DurEquip, Fort Wayne, IN.
Oklahoma fiberglass tank repair firm. AAA Fiberglass Repair, 4311 SW
119th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73173, has applied for affiliate
division membership. James W. Kringlen is owner of the firm, which was
established in 1992. The company repairs and modifies underground and
aboveground fiberglass tanks and installs fiberglass piping. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Barry Broderson, DominoEqp, Clinton, OK.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Titan Oil & Gas Sdn Bhd, Selangor, Malaysia (dis)
- C & M Equipment, Inc., Watkinsville, GA (dis)
- Northern Steel Industries, Tisdale, SK (mfr)
- Dhehyun E&I Inc., Seoul, Republic of Korea (aff)
- Integrated Cleaning Systems, West Palm Beach, FL (aff)
- Stratema Industria e Comercio Ltda., Guarulhos, Brazil (aff)
- Rick's Petro Service, Blue Springs, MO (aff)
- Kardtech Inc., Brampton, ON (aff)
- Titus Pump Service, Longview, TX (aff)
- StarCo EnviroServices, Inc., Bay City, TX (aff)
- Dynamis, Inc., Knoxville, TN (aff)