|Dear PEI Member:
PEI members in the United States have been telling us since 2007 that
unexpected corrosion of metal components has been occurring in systems storing and
dispensing ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD). Reports and pictures received
from members show corrosion coating the majority of metallic equipment in
both the wetted and unwetted portions of underground storage tanks (USTs)
To investigate the problem in an objective manner, eight
stakeholders in the industry, including PEI, funded a research project
through the Clean Diesel Fuel Alliance (CDFA). That project, undertaken by
Battelle Memorial Institute, now has been completed, and a
PDF report discussing the findings
has been posted on the PEI website.
The report concludes that corrosion in systems storing and dispensing
ULSD is likely due to the dispersal of acetic acid throughout tank
systems. The acetic acid is likely produced by Acetobacter bacteria feeding
on low levels of ethanol contamination. The cross-contamination could be due
to switch loading or manifolded vent systems, although the report urges
further study to establish the "causal link." The acetic acid is
deposited throughout the system when it is dispersed into the humid
vapor space (ranging
from 72 percent to 95 percent) by the
higher vapor pressure and by disturbances during fuel deliveries. This results in a cycle of wetting
and drying of the equipment concentrating the acetic acid on the metallic
equipment and corrodes "it quite severely and rapidly."
Battelle recommends further research on this issue. For example, Battelle
suggests that a larger and more diverse sample set, with the sites sampled multiple times over a period of time. In particular, Battelle proposes that steel USTs and tanks without corrosion problems be
investigated. Furthermore, Battelle advises that the source and magnitude of
the ethanol contamination should be determined.
The author of the report, Anne Marie Gregg, will discuss Battelle's
findings in greater detail during an educational session October 8 at 10:30
a.m. at the 2012 PEI Convention in Las Vegas.
She will then be joined by Prentiss Searles, general manager of the CDFA, at
noon on the same day at PEI 1-on-1 to discuss where the industry goes from
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STAKEHOLDER GROUP BEING FORMED TO PROVIDE INPUT ON EPA LD PROTOCOLS
Battelle is in the process of setting up a Stakeholder Committee to
provide input on forthcoming revisions to the EPA Leak Detection (LD)
Protocols. Originally developed in the 1990s, the present-day protocols
address neither current fuel formations nor newer leak detection technologies. Battelle envisions that the Stakeholder Committee will serve as a sounding
board for the protocol revision process to help ensure that the final
products are accurate, complete, useful and useable.
Battelle is working
with the U.S. EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks to develop an
initial list of interested parties to participate on the Stakeholder
Committee and has asked PEI to help it identify possible participants.
Stakeholder Committee participants should have knowledge in one of the
- Leak detection equipment manufacture
- Laboratory-based equipment testing procedures
- Emerging fuels
The protocol revision process will begin with an in-person workshop
October 24 in Columbus, Ohio. The workshop is being coordinated with the
National Work Group on Leak Detection Evaluation (NWGLDE) meeting scheduled
for Monday, October 23. More information is posted on the
NWGLDE website under AGENDA Meeting Fall 2012 and
VENDOR INVITATION MEMO along the right side of the page.
Battelle hopes to finalize the Stakeholder Committee roster by
September 13. If you are interested in either becoming a member of the
Stakeholder Committee or in receiving periodic progress
updates but not available to actively participate on the committee,
contact Anne Marie Gregg
of Battelle by September 13.
U.S. FINALIZES AMBITIOUS AUTO FUEL ECONOMY TARGET
The federal government has finalized a long-term average fuel economy
target for cars and light trucks of 54.5 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2025,
almost double what they get today. The goal is in line with a deal reached
last summer between the Obama administration, automakers and environmental
groups. If it survives the tinkering of future administrations, the new
standard is expected to contribute to a flattening of U.S. oil consumption
or even reduce it in the long run. A fuel economy target of 35.5 mpg is
already in effect.
A press release from The White House calls attention to specific
incentives to encourage early adoption and introduction into the marketplace
of advanced technologies to improve vehicle performance, including:
- Incentives for electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and
fuel cell vehicles;
- Incentives for hybrid technologies for large pickup trucks and for
other technologies that achieve high fuel economy levels on large pickups;
- Incentives for natural gas vehicles; and
- Credits for technologies with potential to achieve real-world
greenhouse gas reductions and fuel economy improvements that are not
captured by the standard test procedures.
Margaret Montgomery, who served on PEI's administrative staff from 1974
until her retirement in 2004, died September 3. She was 74. We knew Margaret
from her work at a printing company that we used in the 1970s. So impressed
were we with her work that Howard Upton hired her to be in charge of
printing and publications at PEI. Being part of a small office, Margaret
also was called on to help with the convention, the PEI Directory and other
tasks―like typing and retyping the
TulsaLetter―which she did day in and day out, year
after year without the aid of a computer. Our small staff was blessed to
have had the pleasure to work alongside such a wonderful colleague and you,
our members, could not have asked for a more dedicated employee.
Barbara J. Mendenhall, one of the first employees of Samson Corporation
and wife of Samson co-founder Roy Mendenhall, died August 21. She was 72.
Barbara seemed to do everything in the early years of Samson, from pulling
orders and packing boxes to keeping the books and writing the paychecks. Roy
and Barbara worked at Samson from 1993 through October 2006. Roy can be
reached at 539 Old Field Road, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576.
OPW Fueling Components, a Dover Company, has appointed Lewis Bell as
director of training. Lewis joins OPW from Gilbarco Veeder-Root.
DeanHouston Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, has been included in the 2012
Inc. 500l5000 list of the nation's fastest growing private companies,
ranking No. 3120.
Workers in the private sector whose job benefits include paid sick leave
are less likely to be injured on the job than employees without the benefit,
according to a report by researchers at the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health. Employees with paid sick leave were injured
on the job 28 percent less often than other workers, the researchers found
after analyzing survey data from 2005 through 2008.
ROMNEY'S VIEWS ON RFS AND ALTERNATIVE FUELS
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released a plan that promises
to dramatically increase domestic energy production and achieve North
American energy independence by 2020. Romney's energy plan calls for the
government to facilitate private-sector-led development of new technologies
and "support increased market penetration and competition among energy
sources by maintaining the Reformulated Fuel Standard (RFS) and eliminating regulatory barriers to a
diversification of the electrical grid, fuel system or vehicle fleet."
Romney's plan also would strengthen and streamline regulations and permitting
processes to "encourage the use of a diverse range of fuels including
natural gas in transportation."
EPA OPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON RFS WAIVERS
The U.S. EPA is requesting public comments on the RFS waiver requests that were filed by Arkansas Governor Mike
Beebe and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue in mid-August. The request
was published in the Federal Register on August 30. Comments will be
accepted for 30 days, unless an extension is sought and granted. Publication in the Federal Register
begins the clock on the 90-day period in which EPA must rule on the petition
request. That makes a decision likely in mid-November, after the November 6
MISSOURI PSTIF PROPOSES RULE CHANGES
The Missouri Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund (PSTIF) has recently
drafted several changes to its
participation laws. They include new Department of Natural Resources
leak detection requirements for high-throughput underground storage tanks (USTs),
modifications for rules insuring aboveground storage tanks, and more
flexibility for owners who buy or build a new facility or who put a
previously-empty tank back into service. The proposed rule changes will be
published in the September 17 issue of the Missouri Register. Public
comments will be accepted through October 17, 2012.
FIND RED IN LAS VEGAS
We can still use a little help in greeting and assisting PEI convention
goers in finding their way to PEI events and sessions at the Las Vegas
Convention Center. Find Red volunteers contribute between 1 and 2 hours
during the middle days (October 8 and 9) of the convention. It's a great way to meet people
and help PEI at the same time. Contact Carletta Denison at
email@example.com for further
information. Our thanks to the individuals and organizations that have already signed up to help:
- Jim Beam, Monroe & Monroe Insurance
- Scott Boorse, Wawa Inc.
- Julie Carpenter, Lakeland Graphics, Inc.
- Brian Durge, Tanknology
- Chris Farrell, Double Check Company, Inc.
- Shannon Geurink, Northwest Petroleum Service Inc.
- Duane Grippe, O'Day Equipment, LLC
- Brad Hoffman, Tanknology Inc.
- Jim Howard, Hess Corporation
- David Jacobs, Flint Loc LLC
- Brenda Johnstone, Convenience & Carwash Canada
- David Lawson, 1st Choice Compliance Inc.
- Mark Lipa, Neumayer Equipment Co.
- Ryan Lipert, Balch Petroleum Contractors & Builders Inc.
- Susan Maples, RBM Company
- Marcel Moreau, Marcel Moreau Associates
- Jeanne Murphy Murck, Core Engineered Solutions, Inc.
- David Piercey, JD2 Environmental, Inc.
- Ryan Shadburn, Western Pump, Inc.
- Art Sodermark, Platinum Engineering & Safety, Inc.
- Ben Stallings, Fatboy Electric, Inc.
- Steve Tretter, Priority Sales Associates, Inc.
- Jeffrey Wilson, Stantec
Industrial equipment manufacturer. FG Industrial, 109 Baishui West Road
Oubei, Yongjia, Wenzhou, China 325102, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Friendship Ge is general manager of the firm, which was
established in 2007. The company manufactures tank truck products,
lubrication equipment, composite hose, quick couplings, pumps, valves and
flanges. The products are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Rafael Toledo, Equipetrol, Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia.
Florida procurement/sourcing service company. Latin American Trading
Services, 2227 NW 79th Avenue, T1034, Miami, Florida 33122, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Jose Molina is general manager of the firm,
which was established in 2006. The company provides procurement/sourcing
services to companies in Latin America. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Oscar Ramirez, BolivarFL, Miramar, FL.
Illinois consulting firm. Tetra Tech, Inc., 1634 Eastport Plaza
Drive, Collinsville, Illinois 62234, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Caleb Kline is a civil and structural engineer with the firm,
which was established in 1966. The company provides consulting, design and
specialized construction services for petroleum receipt, storage and
distribution systems and facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by Susan
Burkhardt, Neumayer, St. Louis, MO.
Point-of-sale refurbisher. ReSource Point of Sale, 1525 West Homer
Street, Suite 302, Chicago, Illinois 60642, has applied for affiliate
division membership. Christy Muscarello is the primary contact for the
company, which was established in 2003. The company sells and services new
and refurbished point-of-sale and barcode scanning hardware. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Andrew J. Adams, AdamsTank, Clearwater, FL.
Florida petroleum contractor. Great Dane Petroleum Contractors Inc.,
1330 South Andrews Avenue, Pompano Beach, Florida 33069, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Mike Balan is vice president
sales and service for the firm, which was established in 1998. The company
is a full-service petroleum contractor with maintenance and service
departments. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL,
Addison, IL. www.greatdanepetroleum.com
Malaysia service company. Flofuel Sdn Bhd, 2G, Jalan LJ5, Kawasan
Industrial, Lembah Jaya Selatan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia 68000, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Lakhbir Singh is
director for the firm, which was established in 2009. The company maintains
service stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas C. L. Tan, Polyflo,
Selangor, Malaysia. www.flofuel.com
ADMITTED TO PEI
- Allied-Ott Petroleum Equipment, Noblesville, IN (dis)
- Sur-Fit Corporation, Crystal Lake, IL (mfr)
- Old World Industries, Northbrook, IL (aff)
- ITW Sexton, Martinsburg, WV (aff)
- Petroelectric LLC, Searcy, AR (S&C)
- Lui Technical Services, Inc., Sunrise, FL (S&C)