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July 2, 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 15

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The federal EPA has been in the process of revising its underground storage tank (UST) regulations for a little more than a year (see June 2, 2008 and February 26, 2009 TLs). EPA solicited ideas from a variety of stakeholders, including PEI, and considered over 250 possible changes to the regulations.

What follows are the two dozen or so issues EPA plans to evaluate further this summer. This list of potential changes to the UST regulations is shown word for word from a document supplied to us by EPA. The Agency and PEI are interested in hearing your ideas about the issues on this list as well as any information you may have that may support going forward or not on an issue. Please direct your comments/suggestions to Bob Renkes at PEI and we'll see that they are forwarded on to EPA.


  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) – could include overfill functionality testing, walk through inspections, etc.  Will likely include spill bucket testing and integrity testing for interstitial areas.
  • Ball Floats - Consider ban on new and restrictions on existing flow restrictors.
  • Address Repairs
    • Repairs and secondary containment - If fix primary or secondary wall, must verify structural integrity of the interstitial space before returning tank/piping to service.
    • Explore tightening Repairs Section - Consider revising repairs section to include non-release repairs and include requirements/testing.  This will also require re-evaluating repair definition and disassociating repair from release.
  • Explore possible incentives for encouraging secondary containment and better leak detection –  examples include:
    • Less record keeping if better technology
    • Reduced cathodic protection monitoring requirement for certain types of interstitial monitoring
    • Additional or more frequent leak detection testing or O&M for single walled systems
    • No line leak detector requirement for double wall piping with certain types of interstitial monitoring

EPA Revising UST Regs

PEI Distributor Profitability Survey


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  • O&M – could include periodic operational checks and periodic testing (automatic tank gauge, probes, sensors, line leak detectors, and alarms) that goes beyond manufacturer's instructions.
  • High Throughput Facilities – consider whether additional/ different requirements are appropriate.
  • Incorporate new technologies (such as Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR) and Continuous In Tank Leak Detection System (CITLDS)).
  • Consider whether clarification is needed concerning catastrophic and monthly release detection.
  • Explore how to address interstitial alarms with regard to section 280.50 “Reporting of Suspected Releases.”
  • Leak Rates - Explore adjusting leak rates and/or probabilities and other performance criteria by method of release detection.


  • Consider adding alternative fuels to definition of motor fuels or regulated substance.
  • Update Regulations - Remove references to 1998 deadline.  Including removing upgrade options and/or internal lining from regulations (but keep inspection requirements for existing systems).
  • Update tank, piping sections for new technologies – include clad and jacketed tanks, flexpiping.
  • Notification of ownership changes - Explore requiring submitting revised notification forms when ownership changes at the facility.
  • Technical Corrections – such as update standards and correct typos.


Explore whether to regulate, exclude or continue to defer:

  • Release detection for Emergency Generator USTs
  • USTs containing Radioactive Substances
  • Emergency Generator USTs at Nuclear Facilities
  • Airport Hydrant Systems
  • Field-Constructed USTs
  • Wastewater Treatment Tanks

For 25 years, PEI has offered the Distributor Profitability Report to participating members of PEI's distributor division in North America. The Report takes a distributor's income statement and balance sheet and benchmarks the financial performance of the industry for participants. Suggestions to improve profits are also made. The deadline to participate is July 15. For further details or to participate download the profitability survey form.

Jones & Frank Corp.
, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, has announced that Tom Pera, vice president of business development for the company, has taken on the additional role of retail sales management for its retail field sales force. In addition to his current duties, Pera will focus on strategic products and services for the retail environment as well as overall sales growth for the company.
Guardian Fueling Technologies, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, has appointed Chuck Innes manager of its Tampa branch office. He has over 25 years experience in the petroleum industry.

The National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition
(NEVC) announced that it intends to unite with Growth Energy and become Growth Energy Market Development. A NEVC press release said that "the additional resources will bolster Growth Energy's aggressive goals to proliferate blender pumps across the country." NEVC had 1,600 members. Phil Lampert, who has been executive director of NEVC since 1997, is now vice president of market development for Growth Energy.
Poma Environmental Services
, a DBA of Inland Petroleum Equipment & Repair, Inc., is the new name for the Bloomington, California-based company formerly known as Inland Petroleum Equipment and Repair. The company combined its name to enhance the Poma Companies brand. Poma Environmental expects to expand its services in the environmental testing and compliance area.
Tanknology Inc., Austin, Texas, announced Tanknology SA (Pty) Ltd. as a new licensee for the company. The Cape Town, South Africa-based company was formed by Maintenance Technologies Solutions (Pty) Ltd (MTS) specifically to provide underground storage tank and line testing services.

Dave Rodrigues
, sales marketing manager for Titan-PME Equipment Sales, San Jose, California, has retired after 33 years in the industry. Dave opened Titan Rubber in San Jose in 1976 when the company he was working for in San Francisco closed its branch there. He sold Titan Rubber in June 2001 to PME of Placentia, California. Dave served one term on the PEI Board of Directors.
Dale White
. In 1962, Dale White joined his brother Bill and father Blake as an employee of White's Pump Service in Lubbock, Texas. Forty-five years later, Dale and Bill sold White's Pump Service & Supply in 2007 to D & H Petroleum & Environmental. Dale plans to retire at the end of this month.

Fuel system manufacturer
. Separation by Design, 921 Keck Avenue, Evansville, Indiana 47720, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Roy Jorgensen is president of the company, which was established in 2004. The company provides custom-design fuel systems for ethanol, biofuel, DEF and oil/water separators, which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Murray, MurrayEqp, Fort Wayne, IN.
Traffic and safety equipment manufacturer. Innoplast, Inc., P. O. Box 23681, Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Craig McConnell is vice president for the firm, which was established in 2005. The company produces bollard covers/sleeves, speed bumps, overhead clearance bars, and bumper wraps. This equipment is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Vassos, WalecoInc, Mississauga, Ontario.
California environmental consulting firm. Matriks Corporation, 321 Court Street, Woodland, California 95695, has applied for service and construction division membership. Tom Henderson is president of the firm, which was established in 2007. The company provides general and environmental construction, maintenance and design for fueling systems and stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gary Carson, CommPtrEqp, Sun Valley, CA.
Guatemala general contractor. Grupo Artec S.A., 7 Ave. 7-07 zona 9 Edif., Arrend 6to, Nivel, Guatemala, Guatemala, has applied for service and construction division membership. Otto Sanchez Overall is general manager for the firm, which was established in 2007. The company installs dispensers, piping, tanks, and lighting systems. It also designs and builds convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by Dan Quagliato, Petrorep, Jackson, NJ.
New Hampshire installation and repair firm. Tank Testing Services of New England, 52 Silkwood Avenue, D-2, Belmont, New Hampshire 03220, has applied for service and construction division membership. James Spiller is manager of the firm, which was established in 1998. The company provides compliance testing, installation and repair for the petroleum industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Austin, TX. 
North Carolina installation and service contractor. Wildcat Petroleum Inc., 326 Hawksnest Court, Matthews, North Carolina 28104, has applied for service and construction division membership. Jake Stroud is the primary contact for the company, which was established in 1994. The company installs and services petroleum equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Scott Jones, JonesFrank, Norfolk, VA.


  • Colder Products Company, St. Paul, MN (mfr)
  • TOPS, Salt Lake City, UT (mfr)
  • Hamilton Tanks, Columbus, OH (mfr)
  • Blue1USA, Duluth, GA (mfr)
  • Amor Pump Service LLC, Newington, CT (S&C)
  • Ultimate Petroleum Incorporated, Miami, FL (S&C)
  • Spark Contractors, Dorothy, NJ (S&C)
  • Richard T. Wimer Inc., Quarryville, PA (S&C)


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