|Dear PEI Member:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the first
applications for registration of ethanol for use in making E15. The
approvals were granted to 20 companies, including ethanol giant Archer
Daniels Midland Company, in 12 states. The registration of manufacturers of
E15 brings the country another step closer toward the production, sale and
use of E15 in gasoline-fueled cars and light trucks model year 2001 and
The EPA registration approvals announced April 2 follow an
extensive technical review required by law. While EPA is facilitating the
use of E15, the agency is not requiring the use or sale of the fuel. EPA's
press release states that "registration is a prerequisite to introducing E15
into the marketplace. Before it can be sold, manufacturers must first take
additional measures to help ensure that retail stations and other gasoline
distributors understand and implement labeling rules and other E15-related
Under current law, gasoline retailers may be held liable for customer
misfueling. In addition, retailers that sell E15 must have the necessary
equipment (tanks, piping, dispensers, hose, nozzles, etc.) that has been
certified as compatible with E15.
To help remove the technical barriers to the widespread use of E15, on
March 29 Senators John Hoeven, Roy Blunt, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Johanns and Mike Crapo
introduced the Domestic Fuels Act of 2012 in the Senate. The proposed
bipartisan legislation would provide misfueling protection for retailers who
abide by EPA's E15 labeling requirements. The proposed legislation also would require the EPA Administrator to "promulgate, or if applicable revise,
regulations setting standards for determining whether any underground
storage tank, underground storage tank system, and associated dispensing
equipment is compatible with any fuel or fuel additive that is authorized
and registered...." The Senate bill goes on to provide that those regulations
"shall include minimum standards and processes for certification by the
Administrator, owner, operator, manufacturer, or any other entity identified
by the Administrator to ensure compatibility." The bill provides that any
equipment listed by a nationally recognized testing laboratory as compatible
with a fuel is deemed compatible under the regulations.
Nine trade associations have sent letters to key members in the House and
Senate in support of the proposed legislation. The bill enjoys a
cross-section of support from the following groups: American Fuel &
Petrochemical Manufacturers, American Petroleum Institute, Growth Energy,
National Association of Convenience Stores, NATSO, OPEI, Petroleum Marketers
Association of America, Renewable Fuels Association and SIGMA.
PEI CONVENTION AT THE NACS SHOW: REGISTRATION/HOUSING OPEN
Registration and housing are now open for the 2012 PEI Convention
at the NACS Show. This year's convention is scheduled for October 7-10,
2012, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trade show will be held October 8-10 at the
Las Vegas Convention Center. Exhibitor booth space is sold out (waiting list
has been established),
ensuring another year of exciting new products and technologies on display
that you don't want to miss.
EPA Registers E15 Manufacturers
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registration includes admission
to all educational sessions, all three days of the trade show, the PEI
Industry Reception and the NACS Welcome Reception. The cost for early-bird
registration is $295 for PEI and NACS members and $495 for nonmembers.
Companies registering five or more for full registration qualify for an
additional group registration discount. Spouses also qualify for group
The PEI headquarters hotel is LVH―the Las Vegas
Hotel & Casino (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton). PEI also has room blocks at Harrah's
and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
Book early to take advantage of
the greatest selection of rooms.
www.pei.org/convention for full details on events, registration and
JohnDow Industries, Barberton, Ohio, has recently completed the asset
purchase of Austin Engineering Inc., also of Barberton. The
company acquired the Zip-Boot™ and Flex Protectors™
lines of products. JohnDow Industries is a manufacturer of automotive shop
equipment and supplies.
Jerry Specht, construction manager at Northwest Petroleum Service,
Inc., Wausau, Wisconsin, retired March 13 after 17 years with the company
and 44 years in the petroleum industry.
CONVENIENCE STORE SALES TOPPED $680 BILLION IN 2011
Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set
new records in 2011, according to data released April 4 by NACS. While motor
fuels revenues jumped 27.1 percent to $486.9 billion, gallons sold per store
declined 0.4 percent compared to 2010. Motor fuels gross margins increased
from 15.8 cents to 18.4 cents per gallon before expenses, but dipped on a
percentage basis, falling from 5.64 percent to 5.23 percent. Overall, 71.4
percent of total sales were motor fuels, but motor fuels only accounted for
35.9 percent of profit dollars.
TRUCK STOP OPERATOR TO PAY $950,000 TO SETTLE ALLEGED UST VIOLATIONS
TravelCenters of America will pay $950,000 to resolve alleged violations
of underground storage tank (UST) and hazardous waste laws at a truck stop
in Coachella, California, under a settlement announced last month. Riverside
County and state prosecutors had accused TravelCenters of multiple
violations of UST laws, including failing to have adequate containment and
detection equipment on the tanks, and tampering with or disabling sensors.
Prosecutors also accused the company of not labeling and covering hazardous
wastes as required by law and failing to train employees on safety
procedures. TravelCenters did not admit any wrongdoing in the agreement.
John P. Hartmann, who served as president of PEI in 1979, died April 2
in Evanston, Illinois. He was 76. John was an accomplished educator and
publisher in our industry. Hartmann Management Services published the
acclaimed independent study course Technology of Underground Liquid
Storage Systems in 1992 and the quarterly magazine Petroleum
Equipment & Technology (PE&T) from 1996 to 2004. John served as a
consultant in the '80s and '90s on three recommended practices published by
PEI. He was also an active member of several NFPA committees
where he was known as a man who stood by his convictions. Survivors
include four sons (Steve, Tom, Joe and Frank), a daughter (Jeanne) and nine
Industrial hose coupling manufacturer.
Anco International Inc., 19851 Cajon Boulevard, San Bernardino,
California 92407, has applied for manufacturer division membership in PEI.
Bill Hosier is vice president of the firm, which was established in 1978.
The company manufactures industrial hose couplings used in the petroleum and
mining industries. The couplings are sold through distributors. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Jeff Berger, DaycoParkr, Springfield, MO.
Portable fuel transfer and storage products manufacturer.
JohnDow Industries, 151 Snyder Avenue, Barberton, Ohio 44203, has
applied for manufacturer division membership. Mark Pfleeger is vice
president sales and new business development for the firm, which was
established in 1981. The company manufactures portable fuel transfer and
storage products which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Jeffrey D. Badgley, Reliable, Dayton, OH.
Car wash chemical manufacturer.
Ecolab, 370 Wabasha Street North, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102, has applied
for affiliate division membership in PEI. Chad Barlett is senior marketing
communications specialist for the company, which was established in 1960.
The company provides car wash chemicals to support convenience stores with
car wash operations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Gary Hirsh, NewWave,
North Highlands, CA. www.ecolab.com
Microcomputer controller manufacturer for fuel dispensers.
Wenzhou Blue Sky Electronic, No. 22 Juxin Road, JuGuang Yuan, Wenzhou,
China 325029, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tim Zheng is in
sales for the company,
which was established in 1984. The company develops and manufactures
microcomputer controllers for fuel and LPG dispensers. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Betty Bao, AileOilEqp, Shanghai, China.
Colorado installation firm. Platt Rogers, 7076 South Alton Way G1,
Centennial, Colorado 80112, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Jason Grubb is president of the company, which was
established in 2007. Platt Rogers installs petroleum equipment. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Fred Seymour, J8EqpCo, Denver, CO.
Missouri service and installation company. H&E Group of
Services, 751 Shadow Pine Drive, Fenton, Missouri 63026, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Daniel D. Hanson is the
primary contact for the company, which was established in 2004. The firm
installs and services petroleum dispensing systems and total facility
management for convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by Scott
Jones, JonesFrank, Raleigh, NC.
Oregon installation and service company. Pump Pipe & Tank Service, P.
O. Box 146, Phoenix, Oregon 97540, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Dean-A Croy is office assistant for the firm, which was
established in 1986. The company cleans up contaminated soil, decommissions
storage systems, installs and retrofits equipment, and performs cathodic
protection and tightness testing. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mickey
Meyer, MMSerEqp, Silver Grove, KY.
Puerto Rico compliance firm. T & T Environmental Solutions LLC, PMB
274 Western Auto Plaza, Suite 101, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico 00976, has
applied for service and construction division membership in PEI. Jose A.
Rosado is president of the firm, which was established in 2010. The company
provides EPA compliance testing. Sponsored for PEI membership by Reed
Leighton, Leighton, Colorado Springs, CO.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- E.H. Wolf & Sons Inc., Slinger, WI (dis)
- Phillips Fuel Systems Inc., Bridgeport, CT (mfr)
- DainLevel Co., Ltd., Seoul, Korea (mfr)
- Express Equipment, Inc., Conroe, TX (aff)
- SoCal Compliance Services, Rancho Cucamonga, CA (S&C)
- Absolute Tank Cleaning, St. Petersburg, FL (S&C)
- PCE Petroleum Contractors Enterprise, Land O Lakes, FL (S&C)
- Cox's Service Station Maintenance, Franklin, OH (S&C)