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May 10, 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 10

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There soon may be an amendment to the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages (NFPA 30A) that would make it easierand legal―for service station owners to dispense mid-level ethanol blends (E15) using equipment that is not listed for E15 by a nationally-recognized testing organization like Underwriters Laboratories. If approved, this action may remove an impediment to the introduction and use of E15, a higher-blend ethanol fuel that the federal government is expected to allow at least in some vehicles this summer.

The new language is proposed as a Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA). It was published in the May 6, 2010, issue of NFPA News and creates a new section 6.2.3 and with accompanying annex text. In essence, the proposed TIA provides the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) with the ability to approve for use with mid-level alcohol blended motor fuels (i.e., E15) dispensing devices and related dispensing equipment currently listed for use with E10. Approval by the AHJ requires that the dispensing device and related dispensing equipment be listed for use with E10 and that periodic inspections be conducted to verify that the equipment is functioning properly. Hanging hardware is required to be inspected at least weekly and the interior of the dispenser to be inspected at least monthly. The TIA requires that documentation be available for review by the AHJ upon request. The annex refers the code user to the inspection forms found in PEI/RP500-05, Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of Motor Fuel Dispensing Equipment, and available at

The proposed amendment is available for public comment through June 18, 2010. Concurrent with the public review period, the NFPA 30A technical committee is voting on both the technical merits of the amendment and whether the amendment involves an issue of an emergency nature. Public comments inconsistent with the vote of any technical committee member are circulated to the committee to allow votes to be changed.

Amendment to Fire Code May Make Move to E15 Easier

EPA Urged to Define Widespread Use

Charles D. Kemp Golf Tournament


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Provided the requisite number of votes are received at the technical committee level, the NFPA Standards Council will then consider issuing of the TIA at its August 3-5, 2010, meeting. TIAs usually become effective 20 days after the Standards Council approves the amendment.

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a resolution in March calling on EPA to define "widespread use" of onboard vapor recovery (ORVR) systems on automobiles. The Independent Oil Marketers Association of New England has forwarded that resolution to Congressman Ed Markey, seeking his assistance in urging EPA to define the term. Federal regulations state that once ORVR is in widespread use, Stage II vapor recovery may no longer be required, and state and local air quality control agencies may begin a process to permit gasoline-dispensing facilities to discontinue the use of Stage II systems.   

The inaugural PEI Foundation Golf Tournament was held April 29, 2010, in Houston, Texas. Sixty-three golfers and 43 corporate sponsors enjoyed the scramble-format tournament, a casual lunch and barbeque dinner. The tournament and accompanying auction netted more than $25,000 to help fund the Foundation's Charles D. Kemp scholarshipsawarded to deserving dependents of PEI member company employees. Auction items included golfing memorabilia autographed by Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Payne Stewart, Gene Sarazen and Byron Nelson; Southwest Airlines "fly-anywhere" tickets; hunting and fishing trips; and registrations to the 2010 PEI Convention at the NACS Show. Members of the winning tournament foursome were: Joey Batchelor, Guardian Fueling Technologies; Mike Frisk, Franklin Fueling Systems; Luke Clements, Petroleum Solutions, Inc.; and Steve Moore, CROMPCO. Recipients of the Charles D. Kemp Scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year will be announced May 15.  

Shields, Harper & Co., Inc.
has moved its headquarters to a new location at 4591 Pacheco Blvd., Martinez, CA 94553. The new office provides more office and warehouse space for the company. All phone numbers remain the same.
Daimler Trucks North America
has already received 10,000 orders for vehicles equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, which requires diesel exhaust fluid to reduce NOx emissions.
Caltex Australia will scrap plans to buy 302 Mobil service stations after weighing its options following opposition from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) last December. The ACCC had said the purchase would reduce competition in the wholesale supply and distribution of gasoline in New South Wales and Queensland, and lead to higher prices.
The Pantry, Cary, North Carolina, plans to sell off about 80 convenience stores in nine states in the coming months to independent operators.
Jones & Frank, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, has assigned the duties of service director to Scott Jones, who will also remain as executive vice president of the company.

Edgar (Ed) M. Beaver
died April 16 at home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 91. Following his service in the Army in World War II, Ed went into business with his brother-in-law and brother at Southern Pump & Tank Company in Charlotte. In 1956 he became president of Southern Pump & Tank and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1984. He was one of the founders of six different companies during his lifetime, including Bendel Corp., Equipment Associates and Shannon & Associates. Ed also served many years as treasurer of PEI. He was predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Doris. Survivors include his present wife, Elizabeth; a son, William; a daughter, Patty Rocklage; and five grandchildren.

Florida consulting and contracting firm
. American Compliance Technologies, 1875 West Main Street, Bartow, Florida 33830, has applied for service and construction division membership. Robert Kincart is a principal with the firm, which was established in 1987. The company is an engineering and environmental consultant, and provides installation and service to its customers. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL.
Florida pollutant storage system specialty contractor. Kinetik Industrial Group LLC, 2929 SW 3rd Avenue, Suite 310, Miami, Florida 33129, has applied for service and construction division membership. Eileen V. Giordano is the primary contact for the company, which was established in 2009. The company is involved in the construction, development, project management, compliance, remediation and financing of storage systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by David D. Russell, TankTech, Blodgett, MO. 


  • Speed Solutions S.A., Medellin, Colombia (mfr)
  • Enviro-Tec America, Tulsa, OK (aff)
  • MJK Construction, Inc., Pomona, CA (S&C)
  • Vivek Srivastava, Reliance Industries Limited, Navi Mambai, India (O&E)



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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.