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August 12, 2010 | Vol. 60, No. 16

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Last month at its annual meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) discussed a number of issues that might affect our industry sometime down the road. One issue is now in the hands of the newly formed Retail Motor Fuel Dispenser Price Posting and Computing Capability National Workgroup.

The NCWM formed the workgroup to consider changes to weights and measures regulations that affect the manner in which fuel retailers are required to post prices and process fuel purchase discounts. The primary focus will be centered around rebates, discounts for cash, car wash purchases, loyalty cards and other discount scenarios.

When the current regulations in Handbook 44 were written, the discounting practices of retailers were relatively simple. However, current advancements in retail fuel marketing have led to conflicts with the regulations. The workgroup is charged with "preparing a proposal for consideration by the NCWM to address any needed changes to the handbook to ensure that the needs of all stakeholders continue to be met in the modern retail fuel marketplace."

To accomplish its goal, the workgroup is expected to take these immediate steps:

  • Meet in mid-August to begin development of its work plan;
  • Develop a timeline for completing its task and submit that to the Specifications and Tolerances Committee for approval;
  • Seek input from all stakeholders who should be part of this effort; and
  • Obtain examples of current marketing practices that may conflict with or not be covered by Handbook 44.

PEI will be part of this effort and will monitor the progress of the workgroup as it moves through the process.  

Runoff elections have been completed in PEI Distributor Districts 2 and 4, and in the Affiliate Division. The three newly-elected directors, together with four directors elected earlier, will join eight incumbent directors on the PEI Board of Directors. The seven new directors will be installed October 7 as members of the PEI board during the association's membership meeting and brunch at PEI's convention in Atlanta. The three members elected last week to the PEI Board of Directors are:

NCWM Price Posting Workgroup

PEI Election Results

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  • Scott L. Hafer, Hafer Petroleum Equipment Ltd., Reading, Pennsylvania. He will represent Distributor District 2 and succeeds Craig Smith, Francis Smith & Sons, Inc., Chinchilla, Pennsylvania.
  • Timothy K. Woofter, Stanwade Metal Products, Inc., Hartford, Ohio, who will represent Distributor District 4. He succeeds Monti Harris, Oil Equipment Supply Corp., Indianapolis, Indiana.
  • Brian Wiegert, Rounds & Associates, Urbandale, Iowa. Brian was elected to represent PEI's Affiliate Division and succeeds Erik T. Long, Walsh Long & Company, Inc., Naperville, Illinois.

The PEI Board of Directors has authorized staff to develop a new technical publication entitled Recommended Practices for the Design, Installation, Service, Repair, Maintenance and Decommissioning of Fixed Base Operator (FBO) Fueling Systems (RP1300). PEI is soliciting individuals who are qualified and would like to serve on the committee responsible for writing this new technical publication. The project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete. The scope of the document will extend to both general aviation and private fueling systems at airports. The publication will not cover hydrant systems.

All members of the committee will be expected to attend three two-day meetings over an 18-month period, beginning sometime next year. While committee members pay their own travel expenses, PEI pays for the meals during the meetings. Only individuals having relevant experience with FBO fuel system design, installation, repair, maintenance or decommissioning should apply. Members interested in serving on this committee should contact Bob Young at PEI to volunteer or learn more. All interested parties should include a brief statement describing why they are interested and their experience with this equipment. Deadline is August 31. All appointments to the committee will be made by 2010 PEI President Peter Ward.

Early Bird registration rates for the 2010 PEI Convention expire tomorrow, Friday, August 13. This year's convention (October 5-8 in Atlanta) celebrates the 60th Anniversary of PEI. If you plan to attend, register now and save up to $200. For more information on sessions or exhibitors, click here. Note: The Friday tradeshow hours (9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) were omitted from a recent email regarding convention registration. We apologize for the omission.  

Tanknology Inc.
, Austin, Texas, has licensed INTERPET, Istanbul, Turkey, to offer the company's testing services to customers throughout Turkey.
J.A. Bourque and Sons Company, Manchester, New Hampshire, has been ordered by a state court to drain its aboveground petroleum storage tanks until secondary containment is installed.
The United States has settled alleged violations of federal and state underground storage tank regulations at 17 gas stations in Delaware and Maryland formerly owned by Duncan Petroleum Corp., the Justice Department, Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware announced last week. Robert Duncan has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty in this settlement.

Tank manufacturer
. Meridian Manufacturing Group, 3125 - 24th Avenue, Lethbridge, Alberta T1H 5G2, has applied for manufacturing division membership. Ken Pierson is the business development manager for the firm, which was established in 1970. The company manufactures ULC- and UL-listed petroleum tanks which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Harvey Lloyd, MidWestPmp, Lethbridge, AB.
New York consulting firm
. Breslau Engineering, P.C., 138 South 1st Street, Suite 106, Lindenhurst, New York 11757, has applied for affiliate division membership in PEI. Alexander M. Santino is president of the firm, which was established in 2006. The company provides mechanical engineering services specializing in vehicle fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas McClain, HenrichEqp, West Babylon, NY.


  • Advantage Earth Products, Saint Augustine, FL (mfr)
  • Orchestra, LLC, Beaverton, OR (aff)
  • Progressive Builders, Inc., Greenville, SC (S&C)
  • C-Mark, Forest, VA (S&C)


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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.