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October 1, 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 21

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A draft of PEI's newest publication Recommended Practices for the Storage and Dispensing of Diesel Exhaust Fluid  (PEI/RP1100) is now available for comment.

The document was prepared at the request of the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Stakeholder Group, which was concerned that the industry needed such a document before DEF was dispensed into new heavy-duty, diesel-powered highway engines and vehicles produced after January 1, 2010. PEI is the first trade group to publish a document covering this particular subject. 

The document was written to provide recommended practices for the installation and operation of DEF storage and dispensing equipment that will preserve DEF quality and prevent releases into the environment. The recommended practices in this publication apply to the storage, handling and dispensing of DEF at motor-fuel-dispensing facilities and repair and maintenance garages. It is limited to storage containers that use a pump and/or meter to dispense DEF.

The draft document and comment form are available at PEI accepts comments to its draft recommended practices from anyone with an interest in the subject. Online comments offering changes to the document will be accepted until October 30, 2009, to be considered by the PEI DEF Committee. The Committee hopes to publish a final document by the end of the year. 

Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and three co-sponsors introduced a bill on September 14 requiring that "new gasoline fuel mixtures introduced into the marketplace be compatible with gasoline-fueled engines already in widespread use." It calls for EPA's Science Advisory Board (SAB) to study the compatibility of a new fuel blend with current engines before EPA certifies "an ethanol concentration above 10%." The bill, among other things, requires a written report that describes "the ability of wholesale and retail gasoline distribution infrastructure, including bulk storage, retail storage configurations, and retail equipment (including certification of equipment compatibility by independent organizations), to introduce the mid-level ethanol blend into commerce without widespread intentional or unintentional misfueling by consumers."


Comment on DEF Document

Ethanol Blends Bill

EPA Will Not Regulate DEF USTs

CD on EVR Available


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The bill comes as EPA is considering a waiver request submitted earlier this year by Growth Energy and other ethanol supporters to allow ethanol blends up to 15 percent. EPA has until December 1 to rule on the request.

If this bill passes, even if EPA approves Growth Energy's waiver for E15 in December, it would be more than a year before adequate testing on small engines could be carried out and the required reports could be prepared.
Not surprisingly, the bill has the support of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association, while the ethanol industry believes the legislation is unnecessary.

Most industry insiders think this bill is dead on arrival, as they believe ethanol proponents in the Senate will see to it that the bill goes nowhere. The bill was referred to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The federal EPA expects underground storage tanks containing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) will store, at the most, a minimal amount of ammonia in the DEF and thus meet the de minimis exclusion under section 280.10(b)(5). Accordingly, USTs containing DEF are not regulated as hazardous substance USTs under the federal UST regulations. It is important to note that some states may choose to be more stringent than federal regulations and require DEF USTs to fully comply with state UST regulations. For a copy of EPA's memo on the subject, click here.

A revised Gasoline Dispensing Facility Enhanced Vapor Recovery Interactive CD is now available through the California Air Resources Board's Compliance Assistance Program. The CD contains information on how the vapor recovery systems work, the new EVR requirements, how EVR systems are certified, how to inspect these facilities, and how these facilities are tested. To order the CD, email the Compliance Assistance Program at Comments or questions about the publication should be directed to James Cropper at (916) 323-0025 or at

Jennifer Rhoads
has been named as the new president and CEO of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. She succeeds Roger Dreyer, who retired earlier this month. Rhoads has served as the association's chief legal counsel since 1999.
Sunshine Gasoline Distributors, Doral, Florida, purchased 35 stations in Miami-Dade County, Florida, from Motiva Enterprises LLC.
Getty Realty Corp. announced September 25 it acquired 36 Exxon branded gasoline stations and convenience stores located primarily in Prince George's County, Maryland, for $49 million in a sale/leaseback transaction with White Oak Petroleum LLC.

Jones & Frank Corp.
is expanding its operation by opening a branch office in Richmond, Virginia. Telephone: (804) 412-0508.
S. Bravo Systems, Inc., Commerce, California, has appointed Walsh, Long & Company, Inc., Naperville, Illinois, to represent the company in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Charles A. (Pete) Markel, inside salesman for PWI Incorporated, New Oxford, Pennsylvania, is celebrating his 50th year with the company today. He began his career as an inside salesman with the Paul Wagner Co. (PWI's predecessor), moved to outside sales for almost 40 years, and has returned to inside sales.

"Higher ethanol-gasoline
blends are inevitable. Maybe not in December, but certainly within a year or so. Without them, the entire ethanol industry would come to a halt, including investments in advanced biofuels technologies that hold much promise of making ethanol from agricultural and forestry residues and trash."Kiplinger's Biofuels Market Alert, September 16, 2009.
Germany transport minister Wolfgang Tiefensee signed a memorandum of understanding last month with eight industrial partners to develop a nationwide hydrogen fuel network within five years, Reuters reports.

Overfill alarm manufacturer
. Meco, Inc., 8425 El Paso Street, La Mesa, California 91942, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Steve Powell is president of the firm, which was established in 1994. The company manufactures a battery-operated, intrinsically-safe overfill alarm which is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brian Shelton, ClawsonTnk, Clarkston, MI.
California used equipment buyer/seller. Gas Pump Exchange, 1697 Old Baldy Way, Upland, California 91784, has applied for affiliate division membership. Doug Paul is executive director for the firm, which was established in 2007. The company buys and sells used service station equipment and provides value engineering services to equipment owners and contractors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard H. Long, RDMElec, Nebo, NC.  
New Hampshire consulting and civil engineering firm
. MHF Design Consultants, Inc., 44 Stiles Road, Suite One, Salem, New Hampshire 03079, has applied for affiliate division membership. Frank C. Monteiro is president of the firm, which was established in 1991. The company provides civil engineering, land surveying and consulting engineering for its clients. Sponsored for PEI membership by Amy Gaff, Gaftek, Epsom, NH.
Texas consulting engineer
. PST Compliance Services, 708 Newport Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76120, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tim Way is a consultant for the firm, which was established in 1996. PST Compliance Services provides consulting engineering and general fuel system consulting services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Suzi Hill, GeneHillEq, Fort Worth, TX.
Turkey consulting firm
. ORAK Project Management, Training and Consultant, Barbaros Cad. Miras Sok., Yukari Dudullu, No:22, K.2, Ümraniy, Istanbul, Turkey, has applied for affiliate division membership. The company provides consulting engineering, project management and training. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ertum Tufekci, ToraPetrol, Istanbul, Turkey.
United Kingdom consultant
. Eurotank Environmental Limited, Unit 10, Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom SO14 5QF, has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Edward Wheeler is managing director of the firm, which was established in 2003. The company specializes in fuel system cleaning and fuel quality testing. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ven Cote, ZCL, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Mississippi environmental firm. Cobb Environmental & Technical Services, Inc., P. O. Box 1602, Tupelo, Mississippi 38802, has applied for service and construction division membership. Brian Cobb is president of the firm, which was established in 1997. The company is a fueling systems specialty contractor and environmental consulting firm. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring Lake, MI.   
Montana installation and service company
. Big Bear Repair, 24 South Ohio, Butte, Montana 59701, has applied for service and construction division membership. William Hanley is owner of the firm, which was established in 2000. The company installs and services tanks, piping and pumps, and tests cathodic protection systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Cliff Corkill, GPER, Wheatridge, CO.


  • Alltech Petro Inc., Sonora, CA (S&C)
  • Shawn Brooke, Tetco Stores, San Antonio, TX (O&E)
  • Bryan Chambers, Kent Distributing Inc., Midland, TX (O&E)
  • Maroun Chammas, Medco, Beirut, Lebanon (O&E)
  • Andrew Cullen, Penske Truck Leasing, Reading, PA (O&E)
  • Chuck Looper, Penske Truck Leasing, Reading, PA (O&E)
  • Al Parrott, Hackney Petroleum Inc., Knoxville, TN (O&E)
  • Clark Rudy, Fikes Wholesale, Inc., Temple, TX (O&E)
  • Gordon Wheaton, Trius Inc., Fredericton, NB, Canada (O&E)


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