August 22, 2012 | Vol. 62, No. 19

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Dear PEI Member:

The Petroleum Equipment Institute has published a new document entitled Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities (PEI/RP1200-12).

Spill, overfill, leak detection and secondary containment equipment has been used at underground storage tank (UST) facilities for well over two decades. Back in 2010, the PEI Board of Directors recognized that this equipment must be maintained, inspected and tested on an ongoing basis to be operated effectively and safely. The board asked 2010 PEI President Peter Ward to appoint a committee to write a document to provide the industry with general guidelines for the verification and testing of this equipment. The committee later expanded the scope of the document to include the inspection and testing of shear valves and emergency stops.

In November 2011, EPA proposed new UST rules requiring that spill, overfill prevention, secondary containment and leak detection equipment be maintained and periodically tested to ensure integrity and adequate performance over the life of these systems. To test this equipment, EPA proposed that owners and operators of UST systems use manufacturer's requirements or a code of practice developed by a nationally recognized association or independent testing laboratory. EPA is currently reviewing PEI/RP1200 and will decide whether to include it in its final UST regulation, expected to be released sometime next year.

The document was written by the PEI Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee: Edward S. Kubinsky, Jr. (chair), CROMPCO, LLC; Scott C. Boorse, Wawa Inc.; Danny Brevard, AC'CENT Environmental Services Inc.; Jim Brown, Belshire Environmental Services, Inc.; Brian Derge, Tanknology; Lorri Grainawi, Steel Tank Institute; Brian Harmon, Tait Environmental Services, Inc.; Kevin Henderson, Kevin Henderson Consulting LLC; Jim Howard, Hess Corporation; Ron Kingsbury, UST Services Corporation; Paul Miller, U.S. EPA OUST; and Steve Purpora, Purpora Engineering, Inc. Don Gilson of Gilson Environmental served as consultant to the committee.

If you test or inspect this equipment, you should have a copy of this document. We urge you not to use the draft submitted to the industry for review since public comments to that draft resulted in changes―in one way or another―to nearly 70 percent of the sections that make up the recommended practice. PEI/RP1200-12 is copyrighted and may not be photocopied or otherwise reproduced. Order online ($40 for members; $95 for nonmembers) at www.pei.org/rp1200.   

Two additional points regarding this new document:

  • A 70-question online test designed to evaluate knowledge gained from this recommended practice is available at www.pei.org/tests. If you have an annual subscription to the complete set of online tests, your employees can now take the PEI/RP1200 test at no additional charge. Individual tests are $25 each.
  • Committee member Kevin Henderson will present sessions describing the key takeaways from RP1200 on two occasions during the PEI convention in Las Vegas: October 8 at 9:15 a.m. and October 9 at 10:15 a.m.

PEI's RP1200 Released

PEI Board Elections Completed

RP1400 Committee Members Named

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William C. Morgan, Collins Equipment Corp., Cleveland, Ohio, has won the runoff election in PEI District 4. He will succeed Timothy Woofter, Stanwade Metal Products, Inc., Hartford, Ohio. Morgan will join six other directors elected last month and eight incumbent directors on the 2012-2013 PEI Board of Directors. The seven newly elected directors will be installed October 9 as members of the PEI Board during the association's annual membership meeting and breakfast at PEI's convention in Las Vegas.

PEI President Joey Cheek has appointed a committee to write a Recommended Practices for the Installation of Emergency Generator and Fuel Oil Supplied Boiler Systems (PEI/RP1400). Members of the committee include:

  • Roy Creley, Lakes Region Environmental Contractors (chair)
  • Charlie Allsopp, First Petroleum Services, Inc.
  • David Chrien, Service Station Equipment Co.
  • John V. Cignatta, Datanet Engineering, Inc.
  • Chris Collura, JMP Solutions
  • Bill Duree, SunWest Engineering Constructors, Inc.
  • Les Gray, Les Gray & Company, Inc.
  • Arthur Hoffmann, A H Hoffman, LLC
  • Steve Latimer, Mascott Equipment Company Inc.
  • JD Martin, Southern Integrated Services, Inc.
  • Darren Painter, Oscar W. Larson Co.
  • Billy Pierce, Vital Fuel Systems
  • Marshall Ryan, Unified Services of Texas, Inc.
  • Tom Wyper, Wayne Perry, Inc.

The E15 Misfueling Mitigation Plans (MMPs) that EPA has recently approved (see June 21, 2012 TL) include several requirements meant to address concerns from motorcyclists and all-terrain vehicle users. These vehicle owners may inadvertently misfuel due to residual E15 left in a blender pump hose used to dispense both E15 and a gasoline-ethanol blended fuel containing no more than E10. Byron Bunker, Acting Director of EPA's Compliance Division, provided this explanation to the American Motorcyclist Association in an August 1 letter: "EPA requires that retail stations that own or operate blender pumps either dispense E15 from a dedicated hose and nozzle if able or, in the case of E15 and E10 being dispensed from the same hose, require that at least four gallons of fuel be purchased to prevent vehicles and engines with smaller fuel tanks from being exposed to gasoline-ethanol blended fuels containing greater than 10 vol% ethanol. Additionally, EPA is requiring that retail stations that offer E10 and E15 from the same hose and nozzle use additional labeling to inform consumers about the minimum purchase requirement."      

A U.S. federal appeals court
has rejected an industry complaint filed by trade associations representing automakers, refiners and other industries that disputed an EPA decision allowing the optional sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol for passenger vehicles built in the last decade. The suit was dismissed because those bringing the action did not have legal standing since they did not prove that E15 would cause injury or immediate harm to their operations.
The director general for the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization
suggested that a temporary halt to the 10 percent blending of ethanol with gasoline may be needed because of the severe drought, which has hit the corn harvest and pushed up food prices. "The worst drought for 50 years is inflicting huge damage on the US maize crop, with serious consequences for the overall international food supply," wrote Jose Graziano de Silva in an op-ed piece in the Financial Times earlier this month.
Argentina ordered a tax hike on biodiesel exports
from 20 percent to 32 percent―effective August 11. The move was intended to make domestic fuel prices more affordable. The country is the world's biggest exporter of biodiesel.
Citing the severe drought in the U.S. this summer, four state governors (North Carolina, Arkansas, Maryland and Delaware) have asked EPA to temporarily waive the renewable fuel rule requiring ethanol to be blended with gasoline. Several state governors made a similar appeal during a drought in 2008 that EPA rejected.

Tesoro has signed an agreement with BP to purchase the company's Carson, California, refinery and about 800 ARCO-branded dealer-operated retail stations in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. The deal includes about 60 company-owned, dealer-operated sites, which Tesoro intends to sell post-closing.
7-Eleven, Inc. is selling 30 of the gasoline stations and convenience stores in upstate and western New York that it acquired from the Wilson Farms chain in 2011. Six of the sites are convenience stores only (no fuel) and 24 are c-stores with gasoline.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., through its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Circle K Stores Inc., has agreed to purchase 29 convenience stores in Orlando, Florida, from Florida Oil Holdings LLC.
7-Eleven Inc. has signed an agreement with TETCO Inc. to acquire the retail and wholesale assets of the San Antonio-based company. The assets include about 200 company-operated convenience stores in Utah and the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio areas of Texas, plus fuel distribution to TETCO's wholesale distributors. 7-Eleven plans to remodel and rebrand most of the stores.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will not require that Stage II vapor recovery systems be installed in new gasoline stations in southeast and southwest Pennsylvania, according to an August 15 announcement. The announcement does not affect stations currently with Stage II systems. "These so-called Stage II vapor recovery systems must still be operated and maintained at existing facilities until further notice," DEP Secretary Mike Krancer said. "We will, however, use our discretion to not enforce these requirements for any new gas station in the greater Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas because the diminishing benefits do not justify the cost of installing new systems." Stage II vapor recovery systems are required for about 1,600 gasoline dispensing facilities in Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Fayette, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Louisiana distributor
. STT Services, LLC, P. O. Box 278, Breaux Bridge, Louisiana 70517, has applied for distributor division membership. Charlene Indest Guidry is CEO of the company, which was established in 2010. STT Services installs and services equipment and represents Ameron, CentralIL, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing, GPI, LSI, Newberry, PtrCntmt, RDMElec, Vaporless, VeriFone and Wayne. Sponsored for PEI membership by Russ Lange, GPI, Wichita, KS.
South Carolina distributor
. Quality Air Tool, Inc., 1910-A North Cashua Drive, Florence, South Carolina 29501, has applied for distributor division membership. Shawn Hilley is general manager for the firm, which was established in 1978. The company represents Balcrank, Catlow, ChampLabs, GPI, HuskyCorp, Morrison, RobertShaw and Tuthill. Quality Air Tool sells, installs and services aboveground tanks, petroleum and lubrication equipment, air compressors, lifts and car wash equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kelly A. Mulligan, Morrison, Dubuque, IA. www.teamqat.com
Cleaning card manufacturer. CleanTech Company, 3400 SW 26th Terrace, Building A9, Dania Beach, Florida 33312, has applied for affiliate division membership. Stan Eyler is president of the firm, which was established in 2011. The company manufactures cleaning cards for credit card readers, thermal printers and currency validators. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring Lake, MI. www.cleantechcorp.com
Egypt import/export firm. Egyptian Company for Import & Export, 8 Al Amal Street, Aghakhan, Shoubra, Cairo, Egypt 11241, has applied for affiliate division membership. Maged Maher Ghattas is general manager of the firm, which was established in 2002. The company imports and exports petroleum piping. Sponsored for PEI membership by Staffan Helleday, KPS, Kungsor, Sweden.
New Jersey engineering firm. Oxford Engineering Company, 336 Point Street, Camden, New Jersey 08102, has applied for service and construction division membership. Julian T. Canuso, Jr., is president of the firm, which was established in 1991. The company offers consulting and construction services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Frank B. Evans, CoreEng, Herndon, VA. www.oxfordengineering.com 


  • GEMRIKUSA, LLC, Fort Worth, TX (mfr)
  • Zyntech Systems, Ltd., Raleigh, NC (mfr)
  • M. Carder Industries, Inc., Fenton, MO (mfr)
  • Grana Industria Publicitaria, Santa Fe, Argentina (aff)
  • MBM Engineering, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil (aff)
  • BLJC, North York, Ontario, Canada (aff)
  • Fluid Control Systems, Inc., Jeffersonville, IN (S&C)
  • Joe Coulee Enterprises, Ltd., Blair, WI (S&C)
  • Steve Albers, BP Products North America Inc., Oviedo, FL (O&E)
  • Robert T. Bond, Sr., U.S. Navy, Meridian, MS (O&E)
  • Perry Dodge, Hess Corporation, Woodbridge, NJ (O&E)
  • Terrell Fields, Alabama Power Co., Birmingham, AL (O&E)
  • Tim Harbison, Alabama Power Co., Birmingham, AL (O&E)
  • David Sims, Alabama Power Co., Birmingham, AL (O&E)


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