November 19, 2009 | Vol. 59, No. 24
|Dear PEI Member:
The fourth edition of PEI's Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites (PEI/RP300-09) is now available from PEI. In addition to being completely revised and reorganized, the 54-page manual now includes a chapter on decommissioning Stage II vapor-recovery piping. The recommended practices also reference the most recent revisions by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to its vapor recovery testing procedures.
The 2009 edition of PEI/RP300 contains 28 illustrations and various photographs on all phases of proper vapor-recovery equipment installation and testing and a section related to definitions. Chapters covering Stage I and Stage II vapor- recovery systems, Stage II vapor-recovery system components, underground piping and fittings, testing (pressure decay, dynamic backpressure, and air-to-liquid volume ratio), electrical installation, testing and inspection, and documentation and training are included. There are appendices with pressure decay test tables and sample forms for recording pressure decay data, dynamic backpressure test data, and A/L test data when using an air volume meter. A decommissioning checklist and bibliography are also included.
The document focuses only on vapor-recovery systems located at vehicle-fueling facilities. This publication is produced by PEI as an industry service and supersedes the previous (2004) edition of PEI/RP300. The recommended practices are the consensus recommendations of the PEI Vapor-Recovery Committee. All comments solicited in 2009 and submitted by interested parties were considered by the committee.
The committee responsible for revising and rewriting PEI's Recommended
Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor-Recovery Systems at
Vehicle-Fueling Sites includes ten representatives from petroleum marketing
companies and service and installation contractor organizations. B. J.
Benton, United Pump and Controls, Inc., Suwanee, Georgia, is chairman.
Committee members include Victor Ayala, D & H Pump Service, Inc., El Paso,
Texas; Scott Boorse, Wawa Inc., Wawa, Pennsylvania; John Bracknell, CROMPCO,
LLC, Duluth, Georgia; Jason S. Carr, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.,
Portland, Maine; Pete Delderfield, Delta Petroleum & Industrial Inc., West
Palm Beach, Florida; Larry R. Gregory, ExxonMobil Fuels Marketing Co.,
Fairfax, Virginia; Stephen A. Purpora, Protanic, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin;
Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, California; and Jeffrey Underland,
Petroleum Services, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland. Marcel Moreau, Marcel Moreau
Associates, Portland, Maine, served as consultant to the committee.
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AMENDMENTS TO SPCC RULE FINALIZED
On December 5, 2008, EPA amended the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule to provide "increased clarity with respect to specific regulatory requirements, to tailor requirements to specific industry sectors, and to streamline certain rule requirements." The Agency subsequently delayed the effective date of these amendments to January 14, 2010, to give EPA time to make sure the amendments "properly reflect consideration of all relevant facts." Now EPA has issued a final rule that takes "no action" or provides "minor technical corrections" to the majority of the December 5, 2008, amendments. There are three provisions in the December 2008 amendments, however, that EPA decided to remove. One of those three provisions affects PEI members: EPA has removed the specific exclusion of oil production facilities and farms from the loading/unloading rack requirements of Section 112.7(h).
This rulemaking marks the completion of the SPCC action proposed as far back as October 15, 2007. Because of the changes (albeit very few) brought about by this rulemaking and the "uncertainty" surrounding these and other amendments, EPA believes that facilities may need additional time to comply with the SPCC amendments and served notice that it will propose to extend the SPCC compliance deadline beyond November 10, 2010. The announcement did not indicate how long the extension might be.
YOUNG EXECUTIVES CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 4-6 in PUERTO RICO
This year's Winter Conference will be led by Dr. Alan Zimmerman, who has conducted sessions at several PEI conventions and keynoted a recent PEI Service and Construction Manager's Conference. Dr. Zimmerman will be presenting "Peak Performance: How to Lead Yourself and Others to Achieve More."
The registration fee for members of the PEI Young Executives is $395 through December 15, 2009. The fee includes the conference, all meals and receptions. The non-member cost is $495 and includes one-year membership to YE. Spouses/guests are also invited to attend the social functions for $125, which covers meals and receptions. Registration and program information can be found at www.pei.org/ye. Questions regarding the Winter Conference registration should be directed to Sondra Sutton at (918) 494-9696 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WETLINES BACK IN THE NEWS
An investigation showed the impact of the collision that ruptured loading line 4 also sheared the rear vapor-recovery line and valve from the loading rack. The self-closing stop valve on the fourth compartment of the cargo tank functioned properly, and the 2,999 gallons of fuel contained in the compartment prior to the accident were safely offloaded after the fire was extinguished. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded in its report that the release of gasoline and the subsequent fire likely would not have occurred if the cargo tank's loading lines had been empty. The report is available on our website.
The NTSB is very concerned about this safety issue. This accident, according to the NTSB, "illustrates once again why the NTSB strongly believes that PHMSA (Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration) should prohibit the unsafe practice of transporting flammable materials in the external loading lines of cargo tanks." In a letter dated October 16, 2009, PHMSA stated that it was completing an in-depth, comprehensive review of incident reports and other safety data to determine whether rulemaking action regarding wetlines is necessary.
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