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April 2, 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 7

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EPA appears to be clearing the way for partial approval of an ethanol industry request to raise the federal limit on ethanol in gasoline from 10 percent (E10) to 15 percent (E15) by announcing plans to develop a pump label to prevent misfueling of vehicles and engines not authorized to use E15 fuel, and to provide fuel manufacturers certification to sell E15.

The Agency posted a new labeling and certification rulemaking on its "action initiation" list, saying a rule "is urgently needed because of the speed that blender pumps are spreading and the possibility of the Agency rendering a decision on the E15 waiver as early as the summer of 2010."

The notice says the rule will "help prevent the misfueling of vehicles and engines not certified to operate on gasoline containing greater than 10 percent ethanol." EPA's announcement says that "vehicles or engines not certified or approved for E10+ may experience increased emissions of criteria pollutants and accelerated deterioration of emission control systems due to higher oxygen content from increased ethanol levels. These emissions increases will have an adverse effect on air quality and public health due to known relationships between regulated pollutants and the formation of ground level ozone. Furthermore, vehicles or engines operating on E10+ may experience operability issues leading to tampering of certified configurations designed to satisfy EPA emissions requirements."

EPA announced in December that it was delaying its decision on the Clean Air Act waiver sought by ethanol producer Growth Energy because the Agency lacked the necessary data, but added the data should be available by the summer.

EPA To Develop E15 Fueling Label

Registration Open for PEI Convention

Revision to PEI RP500 Underway


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The rule initiation comes as 41 organizationsranging from oil companies and engine makers to Friends of the Earth and the Association for Dressings and Saucesare asking EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to provide a second comment period on the new data EPA will use to decide the waiver request. In the letter, the groups argue that EPA's decision to permit E15 blends should be based on "a complete and sound scientific record and in accordance with the procedures of the Clean Air Act." The groups urge EPA to offer the public an opportunity to review and comment "to the extent that there are additions to this scientific record subsequent to July 20, 2009 on which EPA will base its ultimate decision."   

Online registration and housing are available for the PEI Convention at the NACS Show, scheduled October 5-8, 2010, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Go to to register for the convention and make your hotel reservations.

Full registration includes admission to all educational sessions, exposition for all three days, the PEI Industry Reception and the NACS Welcome Reception. The education sessions will address issues such as national legislative initiatives affecting PEI members, the future of petroleum motor fuels, ethanol, ultra low sulfur diesel, the use of social media in business, and trends in the economy.

Early registration fees are $275 for PEI members and $425 for all other attendees. This rate is available through August 13, 2010. Registration for a single day or the exposition only is also available.

The PEI headquarters hotel is the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (negotiated rates are $207 single/double). The 10-Group meetings and Young Executive functions will be held at the Westin Peachtree Plaza.

PEI's Fuel Dispensing Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Committee is soliciting comments to the 2005 edition of its Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel Dispensing Equipment (PEI/RP500-05).

The recommended practice applies to fueling equipment intended to dispense gasoline, diesel and related petroleum products into motor vehicles at commercial and retail fueling facilities. Equipment covered includes all aboveground, liquid- and vapor-handling components from the base of the dispenser cabinet to the tip of the nozzle spout.

Users of the recommended practice are encouraged to make suggestions or recommendations to revise RP500. Submit comments online at Instructions for completing the form are provided on the website. To be considered by the committee, comments must be received at PEI by May 7, 2010. For questions and/or further information, contact Bob Young at at 918-494-9696. 

OPW Fueling Components, a Dover Company
, has opened a manufacturing facility in Chennai, India. OPW's new facility is fully operational and will manufacture products relevant to the Indian market.
RDM Industrial Electronics Inc.
, headquartered in Nebo, North Carolina, purchased the assets of Nationwide Petroleum Rebuilders of Tucson earlier this year.

POS system manufacturer
. Speed Solutions S.A., Calle 1 Sur #75 DA-191, Medellin, Colombia, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Esteban Londoño is the project manager for the company, which was established in 2002. Speed Solutions manufactures POS systems, CRM systems, software and printer systems for pumps. This equipment is sold through PEI distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Rafael Toledo, Equipetrol, Medellin, Colombia.
Oklahoma environmental contractor. Enviro-Tec America, 4528 South Sheridan, Suite 211A, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135, has applied for affiliate division membership. Rashid Abdulla is the primary contact for the firm, which was established in 1992. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jerry Schmitz, PetMarCo, Oklahoma City, OK.

California installation and removal firm
. MJK Construction, Inc., 2766 Pomona Boulevard, Pomona, California 91768, has applied for service and construction division membership. Pamela Lawrence is CEO of the firm, which was established in 1989. The company offers fuel system design, consulting, general construction, equipment installation and removal, environmental construction and shoring services to its customers. Sponsored for PEI membership by B. A. Scowley, ShldsHarpr, Oakland, CA. 


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.