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January 22, 2008 | Vol. 58, No. 2

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Dear PEI Member:

The Petroleum Equipment Institute has published a new document entitled Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems (PEI/RP900). This document provides guidance for facility owners and contractors on how to properly inspect and maintain underground storage tank systems. PEI members can order the document for $40 at www.pei.org/rp900.

Properly installed and maintained underground storage system equipment is durable and reliable. However, daily wear and tear can degrade or damage storage system components, resulting in equipment failure and/or product releases. So can exposure to the corrosive effects of soil, water, and stored product and seasonal extremes of heat and cold. This new publication recommends very specific periodic inspections to help protect the public, fueling facility employees, and the environment from the hazards posed by the release of flammable or combustible liquids and exposure to toxic motor fuels. RP900 is the only document currently available on a nationwide basis that covers those inspection procedures with such a high degree of specificity.

The practices are the consensus recommendations of the members of the PEI Underground Storage Tank Inspection and Maintenance Committee which include: Brad Hoffman (chairman), Tanknology, Inc.; Scott C. Boorse, Wawa; John Burwell, Xerxes Corporation; Laura Chaddock, California SWRCB; Peter J. Cochefski, OPW Fuel Management Systems; Glenn E. Farmer, D & H Petroleum and Environmental; Duane Grippe, O'Day Equipment Company, LLC; Ann Hines, Arkansas Oil Marketers Association; Jim Howard, Hess Corporation; David J. Piercey, JD2 Environmental, Inc.; Ed Rachins, Mutual Oil Company; Steven J. Radvak, Compliance Management Inc.; John C. Scandurra, Conklin Services and Construction Inc.; Sonny Underwood, Mid-South Steel Products, Inc.; and Brian Weigert, Rounds and Associates. Marcel Moreau served as consultant to the committee.

If you manufacture, distribute, install, maintain, own, manage or regulate underground storage tank equipment, you should have a copy of this publication. We urge you not to use the draft mailed in August since public comments to that draft resulted in significant changes to the recommended practice. PEI/RP900 is copyrighted and may not be photocopied or otherwise reproduced. Order online ($40 for members; $95 for nonmembers) at www.pei.org/rp900 or request an order form by calling PEI at 918-494-9696. The order form and daily, monthly and annual inspection checklists can also be downloaded from the same site.

The Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA) has issued an interim guidance note on system design details required for the storage and dispensing of high blend ethanol fuels (HBEF). APEA defines HBEF as gasoline/ethanol blends containing 30% to 90% ethanol. It is APEA's intent to amalgamate the document into the APEA/IP "Blue Book," otherwise known as Design, Construction, Modification, Maintenance and Decommissioning of Filling Stations. The document, available here, is used in the United Kingdom.

PEI Publishes UST Inspection Document

UK Ethanol Document

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February 7-9
Young Executive Winter Conference  Register Now
Cancun, Mexico

February 19-21
Las Vegas, NV

February 19
Education Committee
Mirage Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

February 20
Safety Committee
Mirage Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

February 21
Exhibitor & Convention Advisory Committee
Mirage Hotel
Las Vegas, NV

February 29-March 1
Strategic Long Range Planning Committee
Firesky Resort
Scottsdale, AZ

March 28-29
Board of Directors Meeting
Savannah, GA


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Making an out-of-service dispenser safe.
A PEI member is looking for proper procedures for liquid-freeing and/or vapor-freeing a gasoline or diesel dispenser that has been removed from service. If you have a procedure that you would like to share with the company (not for publication here), please email Bob Young at PEI: byoung@pei.org.
Ultra low sulfur diesel fuel. We have received a few reports that service calls related to ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel have doubled or tripled since the product was introduced last year. We are told that diesel filters are becoming clogged with greater frequency and meters are "gummed up." Fungus, or at least what is described as "white furry stuff," is reported in the dispensers. If you have experience with ultra-low sulfur diesel that you would be willing to share with TulsaLetter readers (without attribution if you wish), contact Bob Renkes at PEI (rrenkes@pei.org).

The deadline for distributors to submit information for The 2008 Distributor Employee Compensation Survey has been extended until January 31. Conducted by the Profit Planning Group (PPG) on behalf of PEI, this survey is done every two years and is consistently ranked as one of the top two surveys conducted by PEI. To date, roughly 50 percent of the companies who responded two years ago have submitted their data to PPG. Participating PEI members like this survey because it gives them both industry-specific and cross-industry (35 distributor commodity line) information that they can't receive anywhere else. We understand that the survey form asks for a lot of information, but the results are worth it. As a participant, you receive the report free of charge. Non-participants have the option of purchasing the results for $295.

We have provided links to the survey in two different formats:
Abode Acrobat PDF format to print and fax:

the Excel format that can be completed and emailed to PPG:

. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) has proposed changes to its aboveground storage tank rules to meet a statute passed last year. Among other things, the statute allows underground storage tanks to be used aboveground at retail, marina, fleet and commercial fueling facilities as long as they are used with secondary containment. The problem is that the OCC has to somehow write a rule providing something that the Oklahoma Fire Code and PEI RP200 expressly prohibits, namely, underground tanks used for aboveground storage. The current language proposed by the OCC to meet the statute simply says that "the material and construction of the tank must be compatible with the material stored and the conditions of storage such as pressure and temperature." The express prohibition about not using underground tanks in aboveground applications has been removed. All of the OCC's proposed changes to Chapter 26, Aboveground Storage Tanks, can be found at www.occeweb.com under the "Proposed Rules" link. Written comments will be accepted through February 1, 2008. Questions can be addressed to Terri Roberts, Environmental Compliance Analyst, at (405) 522-4810 or t.roberts@occemail.com.

OPW Fueling Components
, Cincinnati, Ohio, has named Rahul Deshmukh vice president and general manager of its OPW Dispensing Products Division. Prior to joining OPW, Deshmukh was director of marketing and strategic planning for Daniel Measurement & Control. OPW-FC
 promoted Brandon Grote to product manager of the Dispensing Products Division.
RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc. of Nebo, North Carolina, and Lakewood, Colorado, has appointed Jack Patriarche of Strategic Marketing Services International, Newmarket, Ontario, as its representative in Ontario and Quebec.

U.S. retail gasoline margins were robust in 2007, exceeding 11 cents per gallon on average nationally for regular gasoline. That is virtually the same as it was in 2005 and 2006--Lundberg Letter, January 8, 2008.
Central Illinois Manufacturing Company, Inc., Bement, Illinois, has named Frontier Sales Inc., Sandy, Utah, the Cim-Tek® Manufacturers Representative of the Year.
BP's U.S. Convenience Retail
unit has listed 48 Atlanta-area retail sites for sale. The offering is part of BP's two-year plan to sell its 700 company-owned and -operated convenience stores.
Brazil's National Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) has mandated a 2 percent biodiesel blend for all diesel sold domestically. The new blend mandate, which took effect January 1, will trigger higher demand, necessitating production of some 800 million liters annually, according to a local media report. By 2013, Brazil plans to increase the biodiesel blend to 5 percent, which will require 2.4 billion liters annually.
requires, effective January 1, that all gasoline sold in the state to be a 10 percent ethanol blend (E10). 
Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Michigan, has acquired five convenience stores in the Battle Creek, Michigan-area, from R & J Inc.

Tennessee distributor
. Estes Petroleum Equipment Company, Inc., dba Performance Fueling Specialists, 6816 Central Avenue Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee 37918, has applied for distributor division membership. Jim Grant is president of the firm, which was established in 1980. The company represents Ameron, AmFab, Franklin, Gasboy, Morrison, OPW, RedJacket, Smithpipe, Universal, VeederR, Verifone and Wayne. Estes Petroleum Equipment sells, installs and repairs retail and commercial fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gary E. Estes, EstesEqpCo, Chattanooga, TN.
Tank manufacturer
. Tanques Especializados de Chihuahua S.A. de C.V., 1650 Sioux Drive, El Paso, Texas 79925, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Humberto L. Guglielmina is the president of the firm, which was established in 1994. The company manufactures underground and aboveground storage tanks, both single- and double-wall, which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Calvin Bishop, D&HPumpSer, El Paso, TX.
Mexico dispenser manufacturer. Dispensarios Supramax, Av. Tchaikovsky #566, Col. Arcos de GPE, Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico 45030, has applied for affiliate division membership. Mario Meza is vice president of sales for the company, which was established in 1995. The company manufactures gasoline and diesel dispensers and provides software development solutions. Sponsored for PEI membership by Al Eichorn, PMPCorp, Avon, CT.
Jamaica installation and service company
. Hose Assembly and Supply Ltd., 2 Charlesberth Crescent, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, has applied for service and  construction division membership. Vivian Grant is director for the firm, which was established in 1987. The company installs service station and lubrication equipment, and repairs service station equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bill Parker, Lincoln, St. Louis, MO.
Power conditioner provider
. Gryphon, Inc., 750 West Lake Cook Road, Suite 165, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tim Marienau is a sales engineer for the firm, which was established in 1985. Gryphon distributes power conditioners and battery back-up systems for use with POS store/retail systems. 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.