Don Gilson from Gilson Environmental LLC is PEI's consultant on this
We have received several phone calls from members who were disappointed
that they could not attend the conference in Nashville and asked when PEI
would host another event. The short answer is that we will not hold
another conference this year. Three articles in the Third Quarter 2009 issue of the PEI
Journal will discuss the regulatory implications on metering,
storing, and site planning for DEF filling systems. That issue will be mailed
July 17. Then on October 21, two educational sessions at our convention in Las Vegas will review
the draft of PEI's recommended practice on the subject. And, of course, most
of the 30 exhibitors who displayed their equipment in Nashville will be on
hand in Las Vegas to show you the latest in DEF equipment. Visit
www.pei.org/show to register.
California. A booklet entitled In-Station Diagnostics (ISD): Vapor
Recovery Monitoring Systems has been developed to
help gasoline station managers operate the new ISD equipment and to
help air district enforcement officers educate gasoline station managers
about how to use this equipment. An electronic copy is posted at
www.arb.ca.gov/cap/handbooks/handbooks.htm. The publication can also be
ordered via email through the Compliance Assistance Program at
or questions about the publication should be directed to James Cropper at
Indiana. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management
(IDEM) has published a Second Notice of Comment Period for rulemaking
concerning the development of amendments to rules for Stage I vapor recovery
at gasoline dispensing facilities. The notice is available at
www.in.gov/legislative/register/irtoc.htm. Search for LSA #07-353.
The 30-day comment period will end July 6, 2010.
North Carolina. Comments to proposed changes to the state's UST
secondary containment rules concerning interstitial monitoring of
double-walled tanks is due by June 30, 2009. A copy of that proposal is
located here. Written comments should be submitted to Ruth Strauss at
Ohio. BUSTR (Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations) has
responded to a question posed by a PEI member regarding the compatibility
of equipment with higher concentrations of ethanol in this manner: "BUSTR
has always been concerned with compatibility issues as evidenced in
paragraph (D) of rule 1301:7-9-08 of the Administrative Code. As such, BUSTR
expects all new UST components to be fully compatible with the regulated
substances stored in the UST system. In cases where an existing UST system
is being used to store a regulated substance that may not be compatible with
existing UST components, the owner and/or operator must be able to
demonstrate (through a recognized third party) that the components are
compatible. If compatibility cannot be established, then the regulated
substance must be removed from the UST system, or the owner and/or operator
must obtain written approval from BUSTR for an alternative
arrangement."--Steven Krichbaum, Environmental Supervisor, BUSTR.
SPCC COMPLIANCE DEADLINE EXTENDED ONCE AGAIN
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has amended the dates by which
regulated facilities must prepare or amend their Spill Prevention, Control,
and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans, and implement those plans. The rule
provides that the owner or operator of a facility that was in operation on
or before August 16, 2002, must maintain his SPCC Plan, make any necessary
amendments to the Plan and fully implement it by November 10, 2010. The
owner or operator of a facility that came into operation after August 16,
2002, but before November 10, 2010, is required to prepare and implement an
SPCC Plan on or before November 10, 2010. This is the fifth time the
deadline has been deferred. EPA says this latest extension is warranted
"because it provides the owner or operator of a facility the opportunity to
fully understand all of the regulatory amendments offered by revisions to
the SPCC rule promulgated since July 2002."
INTERNATIONAL PETROLEUM MARKETING NOTES
Caltex, Australia's largest refiner, plans to buy Exxon Mobil's
remaining 302 retail stations in the country for A$300 million (US$234
million). Caltex plans to spend A$108 million upgrading the sites over the
next year. The deal is subject to approval from the Australian Competition
and Consumer Commission and the country's Foreign Investment Review Board.
Caltex is half-owned by Chevron.
Chevron has concluded the sale of its interests in Cameroon. The
Cameroon sale is part of a wider deal with Corlay Global, first announced
last September, that includes Chevron's fuels marketing affiliates in Benin,
Congo (Brazzaville), Cote d'Ivoire, and Togo. The value of the transaction
was not announced.
Royal Dutch Shell is blending a 10 percent blend of cellulosic ethanol
into its regular gasoline pool over the next month at one of its service
stations in Ottawa, Ontario. It is the first time the biofuel will
be used in commercial gasoline, said Shell spokeswoman Jana Masters. Shell
may run similar retail demonstrations across North America in the future.
Sugar cane-based ethanol fuel is expected to take over 75 percent
of Brazil's light vehicle fuel market, shrinking gasoline's stake to 17 percent by
2020, said Jose Sergio Gabrielli, chief executive of Petrobras, the head of
the state-run oil company. "Ethanol in Brazil is growing due to consumer
decisions. The flex-fuel car has changed the horizon . . .Gasoline stations
should eventually be called ethanol stations," said Gabrielli at an ethanol
summit earlier this month in Sao Paulo.
Lignol Energy said it has completed the first start-to-finish
production of cellulosic ethanol from its industrial-scale biorefinery pilot
plant in Burnaby, British Columbia. Lignol intends to operate the pilot
plant using various non-food feedstocks.
PEI MEMBER BRIEFS
R. W. Mercer Company, Jackson, Michigan, has been named the North
America 2008 Northern Region Distributor of the Year by Gilbarco/Veeder
Root. The annual award is given to companies that excel in areas such as
sales, service and overall performance.
Acts Construction, Inc., Orlando, Florida, celebrated its 20th year
in business last month. The company was founded by Lynn and Mary Coswell in
1989. Both continue to play major roles in the company today.
Zeppini Industrial & Commercial S.A., Sao Paulo, Brazil, has signed an
agreement with Petrobras to install the first electric vehicle
recharging station in the southern hemisphere. The unit, supplied by Energia
Z (a Zeppini Group company), uses sunlight to generate electricity and is
located in Rio de Janeiro. Zeppini also has acquired all the assets of
Joape that are related to the petrol station business, including
overfill prevention valves, and pressure and vacuum valves.
PROMOTIONS AND RETIREMENTS
Protanic Inc., Saukville, Wisconsin, has promoted Frank Grebas to
vice president. He will be in charge of the company's day-to-day operation.
Al Henager will retire from Champion Laboratories on June 30
after more than 29 years with the company. Al has held various positions
with Champion over the years, serving the past 12 years as director of sales
for the PetroClear Filtration Division. Tim Clarey is the new director of
sales; Dwight Rutledge will continue as sales manager.
James "Jim" Broyles, founder of Broyles Inc., Humboldt, Kansas, died May
25 at his home in Humboldt. He was 82. After serving in the U.S. Navy
during World War II, he joined Phillips Petroleum Company. After 20
years with Phillips, he founded Broyles Inc. in 1969 and worked there until
his retirement in 1992. Jim is survived by his wife Irene; a son, David, who
is currently president of Broyles; two daughters, Janet Rausch and Betty
Bartlett; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Doug Hurt, president of Neumayer Equipment Co., St. Louis, Missouri,
passed away June 10. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Doug started
working for Neumayer Equipment in 1969 and bought the company years later
when the Neumayer family elected to sell the business. He is survived by his
daughter, Susan Burkhardt, who now serves as company president, CEO, and
CFO. Other survivors include his son-in-law Todd Burkhardt, who has been
named Neumayer's general manager, and two grandsons. Mark Lipa will serve as
the company's sales manager.
DEF pumping system manufacturer. Benecor, Inc., P. O. Box 411, Fenton,
Michigan 48430, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Brendan J.
Foster is president of the firm, which was established in 2006. The company
manufactures pumping systems for the DEF market which are sold through
distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring
Lake, MI. www.benecor.net
DEF distributor. Brenntag, P. O. Box 13786, Reading, Pennsylvania 19612,
has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. David Garner is vice
president of operations for the company, which was established in 1890. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Roy W. Jorgensen, Jorgensen, Evansville, IN.
New York manufacturers representative. JL Hansen Associates, 309
Mohawk Drive, Rotterdam Junction, New York 12150, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Jim Hansen is the owner of the firm, which was
established in 1972. The company is both a manufacturers representative and consultant on
microbial influenced corrosion to petroleum marketing equipment distributors
in the Northeast. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ken Hayden, NEPtrTech,
California installation and maintenance firm. LeMesnager Engineering,
Inc., 9450 Mira Mesa Boulevard, Suite C, PMB 229, San Diego, California
92126, has applied for service and construction division membership. Rene
LeMesnager is president of the company, which was established in 1982. The
firm installs, services and maintains fueling systems and related
components. Sponsored for PEI membership by Raul R. Farfan, BajaPump,
Imperial Beach, CA. www.lemesnager.com
North Carolina environmental consultant. Total Environmental
Solutions, 3107 Hal Siler Drive, Sanford, North Carolina 27332, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Chris Britton is vice
president of operations for the firm, which was established in 2008. The
company is an environmental consultant, general contractor, equipment
installer, and tank remover and cleaner. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Scott Jones, JonesFrank, Norfolk, VA.
New Jersey environmental consultant. C-3 Technologies, LLC, 6
Lakeview Court, North Brunswick, New Jersey 08902, has applied for membership
in PEI's service and construction division. Brian Phelps is vice president
of the firm, which was established in 2005. The company provides underground
storage tank services, including compliance management and complete UST
system testing, ATG system installation and maintenance. Sponsored for
membership by Mark C. Towey, Whitemarsh, Middlesex, NJ.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- American Controls, Inc., Farmington Hills, MI (mfr)
- SW Maintenance Corp., Weed, CA (S&C)
- Jacobs Professional Services, Inc., Monon, IN (S&C)
- Caskey Petroleum Equipment Repair and Maintenance, Inc., Theodore, AL
- Terra Industries, Terra Environmental Technologies Inc., Sioux City,
- Ric Mayers, Midstates Petroleum Co., Vernon, AL (O&E)