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November 7, 2008 | Vol. 58, No. 19

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The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) has just published four specifications on biodiesel.

The ASTM specifications define biodiesel as a "fuel comprised of mono-alkyl esters of long chain fatty acids derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, designated B100." Those fats can come from a variety of sources and still meet the standards. "The ASTM standards set the specifications on a performance basis for a diesel engine, not on a feedstock that you begin with or the process that you use," says Steve Howell, chair of the ASTM biodiesel task force.

Three of the standards were revised; one standard is completely new. The new and revised ASTM standards include the following:

  • ASTM D7467-08, Specification for Diesel Fuel Oil, Biodiesel Blend (B6 to 20), is the new specification that covers finished fuel blends of between 6 (B6) and 20 (B20) percent biodiesel for on- and off-road diesel engine use.
  • ASTM D975-08a, Specification for Diesel Fuel Oils, used for on- and off-road diesel applications, was revised to include an allowance for up to 5 percent biodiesel.
  • ASTM D396-08(b), Specification for Fuel Oils, used for home heating and boiler applications, was revised to include an allowance for up to 5 percent biodiesel.
  • ASTM D6751-08, Specification for Biodiesel Fuel Blend Stock (B100) for Middle Distillate Fuels, used to control pure biodiesel (B100) quality prior to blending with conventional diesel-type fuels, was revised to include a requirement that controls minor compounds using a new cold soak filterability test. The U.S. EPA requires that all biodiesel intended for use as a fuel meet D6751.

Now that ASTM has a specification for biodiesel blends between 6 and 20 percent biodiesel, it may be that standards for equipment that transport, store, meter, and dispense those products will be written along those same lines. In other words, we wouldn't be surprised if Underwriters Laboratories began listing equipment for use with B100 (ASTM D6751-08 fuel) and with blends of up to 20 percent biodiesel (ASTM D7467-08 fuel). We don't have any inside information on the subject; let's just call it a hunch.

ASTM Biodiesel Specifications

Retail Margins

Regulatory Briefs

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PEI members continue to report that their retail customers are benefiting from relatively high gasoline margins. Gross margins of 30 cents to 40 cents a gallon are commonly reported. One equipment distributor's customer told him last week that he had three straight days of margins in the mid-80-cents range.

The national press confirms what we have been hearing now for the last several months. The October 27 issue of the Oil Express reported that "gasoline retailers in many parts of the country are seeing a profit rebound unlike any they have seen in the last 25 years." And the CSP Daily News on October 24 explained that "retailers are seeing some of the best gasoline margins since post Hurricane Katrina."

For much of this year, retailers found it difficult to make a penny. Now they can make some money, because demand is up a little, and the cost of product and credit card fees are lower. Nobody expects these margins to last, but it's good news for marketers and PEI members serving the retail side of the industry.       

. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the California Air Pollution Control Officer's Association agreed to conduct an 18-month in-use, in-station diagnostic (ISD) field study on the first ISD system certified by CARB. The Healy Phase II enhanced vapor recovery system, including Veeder-Root ISD, was the first system certified. The Draft In-Station Diagnostic Evaluation Field Study Report is available for comment through December 1, 2008, at
Florida. A direct final rule that would have approved revisions to the Florida SIP concerning the removal of Stage II vapor control requirements for new and upgraded dispensing facilities in the southeast Florida area (Broward, Dade and Palm Beach Counties), and to phase out Stage II requirements for existing facilities in those counties, has been withdrawn due to the receipt of adverse comments. The rule also would have approved the SIP revision that requires new and upgraded gasoline dispensing facilities and new bulk gasoline plants statewide to use Stage I vapor control systems and to phase in Stage I vapor control requirements statewide for existing gasoline dispensing facilities.
Wisconsin. The state has updated and revised its tank closure guidance handbook. The publication specifies technical procedures and prescribes a report form that are acceptable to the Commerce Department for complying with assessment and release reporting requirements in chapter Comm 10 and chapter NR 706. 

Ameron International
, Houston, Texas, has named Eastern States Associates, headquartered in Palmer, Massachusetts, as its Manufacturer's Representative of the Year for the second straight year.
Franklin Fueling Systems, Madison, Wisconsin, announced that Spence Wike has joined its organization as regional sales manager, Southeast. Wike, formerly Dresser Wayne's global account manager for Exxon Mobil, is responsible for all FFS sales in the southeastern U.S.
OPW Fueling Containment Systems, Smithfield, North Carolina, has named Jonathan Stong its global accounts manager. Stong will be based in Smithfield.
NUPI SpA and GECO SYSTEM SpA have merged to form NUPIGECO SpA. Luigi Genoni, who founded the two companies over 30 years ago, was appointed president; Marco Genoni was appointed CEO. NUPIGECO's headquarters will be located in Busto Arsizio, Italy. 

Chevron has sold its marketing businesses in Kenya and Uganda that are currently owned by Chevron Africa Holdings to France's Total. The assets include 165 Caltex-branded service stations, one terminal, seven fuel depots, six aviation facilities, one lubricants blending plant, and a commercial and industrial fuels business.
The European Union has given Portugal's Galp the go-ahead to take over Exxon Mobil's retail and supply businesses in Spain and Portugal. The deal gives Galp Exxon's retail network of 130 service stations in the Iberian Peninsula, as well as its LPG and aviation fuels businesses and most of its lubricants.
Titan Global Holdings Inc., Richardson, Texas, has purchased all of the stock of Crescent Fuels Inc., Independence, Kansas. Crescent, through subsidiaries, owns 24 retail locations in 5 states (Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri and Louisiana) and distributes petroleum in 6 states.
Atlas Oil Co., Taylor, Michigan, has reached agreement with BP Products North America Inc. to purchase and supply 57 BP locations in the southeastern Chicago suburbs.
Luke Oil Co., Hobart, Indiana, has completed the purchase of 12 Shell locations in Lake County, Indiana, from RM Petroleum Inc.

Colombia distributor
. Equi Comb, Calle 15A No.10A-20, Cartago, Valle de Cauca, Colombia, has applied for distributor division membership. Jose Alonso Mosquesa Ayala is president of the firm, which was established in 2005. The company provides equipment and accessories for service stations in Colombia and represents AileOilEqp, BetaLight, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing, Harco and Seraphin. The company was sponsored for PEI membership by David Fiala, SalesForce, Maitland, FL.


  • Petroleum Solutions, Inc., Springfield, MA (dis)
  • Superior Petroleum Equipment, LLC, Grove City, OH (dis)
  • Franklin Equipment Services Corp., College Point, NY (dis)
  • Securant Inc., Clearwater, FL (mfr)
  • TDE Construction & Consulting Services, Inc., Rancho Cucamonga, CA (S&C)
  • R. Fuessel Pump & Tank, Inc., Trenton, NJ (S&C)
  • Madison Industries, Los Angeles, CA (aff)
  • Tank Management Services Inc., Topeka, KS (aff)
  • Capital Partners, LLC, Sioux Falls, SD (aff)
  • Total Projex Corporation, Rialto, CA (aff)


  • Evans Pump Company, Inc., Denton, Texas, from the Service & Construction Division to the Distributor Division



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