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.
USTS NOT REGULATED UNDER 40 CFR 280
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
NEW EVR PUBLICATION AVAILABLE FROM CARB
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments or
questions about the publication should be directed to James Cropper at (916)
323-0025 or at email@example.com.
PETROLEUM MARKETER BRIEFS
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.
PEI MEMBER NEWS
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
ALTERNATIVE FUEL NOTES
"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,
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.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- 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)