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February 15, 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 4

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Applications are now being accepted from deserving dependents of PEI member company employees for PEI's Charles D. Kemp Scholarships.

The scholarships are made possible through a generous gift from the White-Tucker Company, Houston, Texas, to the PEI Foundation. The scholarships are named in honor and memory of Charles D. Kemp, longtime president of White-Tucker Company and president of the Petroleum Equipment Institute in 1972.

Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, need and the applicant's intent to contribute to the future of the petroleum and energy handling equipment industry. Applicants must:

  • Be 23 years of age or younger.
  • Be a high school graduate by August 15, 2010.
  • Plan to enroll as an entering full-time freshman for the 2010-2011 academic year at an accredited four-year college or university.
  • Intend to declare a major in business, engineering, distribution studies or a similar degree program.
  • Enroll in a college or university of his or her own choice for the 2010-2011 academic year.

The full scholarship guidelines, together with an application form that must be received by March 31, 2010, are available at

The Charles D. Kemp Golf Tournament will be held April 29, 2010, at the Cypress Lakes Golf Club, Cypress (Houston), Texas. All net proceeds will go toward the PEI Foundation and its mission of awarding scholarships to deserving students.


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April 29, 2010

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To register or obtain more information on fees, format, hotels and available sponsorships for this worthwhile event, see or contact Sondra Sutton at Current sponsors include:

  • B & E Equipment Company
  • Coeur d'Alene Service Station Equipment
  • DNB Enterprises Inc.
  • Facet International
  • Farmer Co.
  • Guardian Fueling Technologies
  • Leak Technologies Solutions Ltd.
  • Mid-South Steel Products
  • Morrison Bros. Co.
  • OPW Fueling Containment Systems
  • PWI, Incorporated
  • UST Services Corporation
  • Valley Tank Testing
  • White-Tucker Company
  • Xerxes Corporation

PEI's Recommended Practices for the Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (PEI/RP100-05) is currently available for public comment through March 1, 2010, at Instructions for completing the comment form are available on the website. 

PEI members attending the WPMA convention in Las Vegas will want to attend the special PEI seminar featuring Jean Jones Wilkinson speaking on Dealing with Difficult People. The session, free and open to all members, will be held Wednesday, February 17, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in Grand Ballroom G-H at The Mirage in Las Vegas. We all know someone who is "difficult", and Jean does an excellent job in suggesting ways to deal effectively and positively with these people. Join other PEI members for a few hours and learn some useful lessons, presented in an entertaining and instructive way.

The February 10, 2010, issue of the CSP Daily News asked its readers this question: With the July 2010 PCI (payment-card industry) deadlines coming up, will you upgrade your pumps in time?

  • 24%  Yes, we have already upgraded.
  • 32%  Yes
  • 18%  No
  • 26%  No, we plan to stop accepting debit at the pump.

The results of the unscientific survey were based on 145 responses. We wonder if these figures are in line with what you are hearing in the field. Let us know your opinion by writing to

Eight national trade associations (representing the manufacturers of motorcycles and non-road engines, equipment, vehicles, recreational boats and gasoline/fuel retail stations) are asking EPA to conduct a new rulemaking before raising the federal limit on ethanol in gasoline by partially granting a request by Growth Energy to allow 15 percent ethanol (E15) in newer model vehicles. In a January 20 letter to EPA transportation and air quality director Margo Oge, the groups assert that EPA must initiate a separate rulemaking process and develop a well-supported, specific proposal and administrative record on possible controls to prevent misfueling. The letter also asks EPA to hold a public workshop this winter to address potential misfueling controls, their practicality and their effectiveness.

Besides asking for a separate rulemaking and public workshop, the letter to Oge also urges EPA to deny the E15 waiver application, "unless and until EPA receives all the required test data that demonstrates that neither on-road or non-road products (or their emission controls or air quality) will be adversely impacted."

The trade associations' requests, if granted, could significantly slow EPA's approval for the expanded use of ethanol.  

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America
(PMAA) reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will include a one-year extension of the one dollar per gallon biodiesel tax credit in the $80 billion jobs package. PMAA says that the credit will be available retroactively for biodiesel produced during the credit's lapse. The biodiesel tax credit expired December 31, 2009.
The Southern California Association of Governments turned down nearly $11 million of federal stimulus money targeted to build 55 ethanol fueling stations across Southern California, saying it had policy concerns about ethanol as an alternative to gasoline.Los Angeles Times, February 5, 2010.
The California State Water Resources Control Board announced a $6.2 million agreement January 26 with the City of Long Beach that resolves an enforcement action alleging multiple violations of underground storage tank laws and regulations. State officials alleged that since 2003 the city failed to install leak prevention equipment on 40 underground tanks and never tested or monitored the tanks for leaks.
The Range Fuels Inc. facility near Soperton, Georgia, will become the nation's first commercial scale cellulosic plant when it becomes mechanically complete later this month. Fuel production will begin in the second quarter and will be capable of producing 10 million gallons per year (Mgy) in its initial phase, ramping up eventually to 100 Mgy. 

PDQ Manufacturing, Inc.
, De Pere, Wisconsin, announced that Gerry Hanrahan has joined the company as its new senior vice president of sales. Hanrahan joins PDQ after spending the last six-and-a-half years at OPW Fuel Management Systems (Petro Vend) as its national sales and marketing manager.
JGD Associates, Inc., Avon Lake, Ohio, has hired John G. Damrath, III, PE as engineering manager. "JD" began his career at Sunoco before founding TechExpress, Inc., another architectural and engineering firm, which he operated for 13 years.
Cortland Pump & Equipment Inc. will have a grand opening February 18 for its new, fully-stocked branch at 45 Mushroom Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14623.
Morrison Bros. Co. has moved its corporate offices to 570 East 7th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001. The company's post office box, email addresses and phone/fax numbers will stay the same.
O'Day Equipment, LLC, headquartered in Fargo, North Dakota, has opened a new regional office at 1790 Radisson Road in Blaine, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. O'Day Equipment will service portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa from this new office, which Dan O'Day will manage. The company is celebrating its 75th year of serving customers in the retail, commercial and industrial markets.
Leighton O'Brien Inc., Annapolis, Maryland and Colorado Springs, Colorado, has acquired Holbrook Environmental, Whitehall, Maryland. Steve Holbrook, president of Holbrook Environmental, will continue to run the Maryland-based office under Leighton O'Brien.

C.K. Smith
, a regional fuel supplier, has closed 23 Irving gasoline stations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire because of financial problems.Amesbury News, January 29, 2010.
Lykins Enterprises, Maysville, Kentucky, owner of 14 Gasoline Alley convenience stores in Ohio and Kentucky, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.The Lexington Herald-Leader, February 10, 2010.
BP said February 4 that it has received an offer from Israeli refiner and marketer Delek to buy its 416 filling stations and three fuel depots in France for $251 million in cash. 

Fuel tank management hardware and software manufacturer
. Simmons, 106 East Main Street, Richardson, Texas 75081, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Amy Nichols works in the accounting department of the firm, which was established in 1991. Simmons provides necessary hardware and software for EPA compliance, inventory management and dispatch management, which is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kyle Sale, eFuelTech, Austin, TX.
DEF producer. Aucterus, LLC, P. O. Box 1027, Arroyo Grande, California 93421, has applied for affiliate division membership. Megan Brownell is responsible for corporate communications for the firm, which was established in 2009. The company produces environmentally sound products that reduce greenhouse gas and emissions. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Murray, MurrayEqp, Ft. Wayne, IN.  
Electronic equipment service provider
. Solvport, 12441 NE Marx Street, Portland, Oregon 97230, has applied for affiliate division membership. Wayne Vanderkraak is executive vice president of business development for the firm, which was established in 2004. Solvport is a national technical service provider of electronic equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Scott Jones, JonesFrank, Raleigh, NC.
Integrated software solution provider. RMS Solutions, 723 South Casino Center Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101, has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Tom Viccars is president of the firm, which was established in 1993. RMS develops integrated business software solutions. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ted Warn, ProgrsElec, Knightdale, NC.
Tank truck equipment and accessory manufacturer. Equiptank Engineering, Poligono Industrial La Serra, Parcelas 11 a 14, Anglesola, Spain 25320, has applied for affiliate division membership. Xavier Sole is the manager for the firm, which was established in 1992. The company designs and manufactures equipment and accessories for fuel tank trucks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mario Garrido, Talleres, Savilla, Spain. 
Sales and service solution provider. Industrial Gas Technology, Inc., P. O. Box 51124, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42122, has applied for service and construction division membership. Tim Zuccarell is sales/marketing manager for the firm, which was established in 1997. The company offers a variety of compressor and pump packages. Sponsored for PEI membership by F. Scott Jackson, Blackmer, GrandRapids, MI.


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