June 11, 2013 | Vol. 64, No. 12

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The SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) Stakeholder Group met June 6 to discuss recent trends in the field of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). Group members represent industries, organizations and companies interested in urea for mobile source applications. Members include the federal government, oil companies, automotive and heavy-duty engine and truck manufacturers, trade associations, truck stop owners/operators, and petroleum equipment companies. Since 2003, the primary emphasis of the Group has been on DEF. This is what the Group discussed last week.

Aftermarket audit. There are currently 38 marketers of DEF licensed in the United States by the American Petroleum Institute (API). As part of the licensing program, DEF samples are collected and analyzed by API in the United States, Canada and Mexico to make certain the DEF solution meets diesel engine manufacturer requirements. Eighty samples (75 percent packaged; 25 percent bulk) have been evaluated to date and, in the words of an API representative, "It's looking good so far." Only one non-conforming sample (low urea content; high calcium) was found, and API is working with that marketer to resolve the issue.         

API's DEF Task Force. API is in the process of establishing a DEF Task Force. Although its exact mission and charter has not yet been finalized, areas expected to be addressed by the Task Force include:

  • API's DEF Certification Program
  • DEF Aftermarket Audit Program
  • DEF quality and associated laboratory testing
  • DEF distribution

Representatives from API commented that the proposed DEF Task Force will NOT be involved with issues concerning the equipment used in the storage, metering and dispensing of DEF.

Proactive involvement with the National Conference on Weights and Measures. One of the initial topics that the API DEF Task Force intends to address is to add DEF labeling requirements to NIST Handbook 130 - Uniform Laws and Regulations in the Areas of Legal Metrology and Engine Fuel Quality. Comments made during the meeting suggest that weights and measures officials want and need to understand more about DEF now that the product is available for sale from dispensers at truck stops in every state.

Installation and operation of DEF storage and dispensing equipment. No unfavorable comments about the installation and operation of equipment at DEF dispensing facilities were voiced at the meeting. PEI's Recommended Practices for the Storage and Dispensing of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) (PEI/RP1100-10) continues to be the reference document used by companies installing and operating that equipment. Those wishing to offer comments or corrections to the recommended practice can do so at www.pei.org/rp1100. The next revision of PEI/RP1100 is scheduled for publication in early 2015. 

DEF Stakeholders Meeting Summary

Fuel NY Program

Regulatory Briefs: Connecticut and Florida

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on June 3 announced the launch of "Fuel NY," an initiative to improve access to gasoline during a severe storm or other major weather event. Fuel NY will make up to $17 million in funding available to help gasoline stations improve their back-up power capacity so they can remain open during major storms. Approximately half of all downstate gasoline stations in New York City, Long Island and Westchester and Rockland counties are now required to have back-up power in the event of an emergency.

The program will be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). Station owners/operators can apply for up to $10,000 per station to help install a transfer switch that will accept a portable emergency generator and up to $13,000 per station if they elect to install a transfer switch and a permanent back-up generator. Stations that are part of a chain, as defined in the program, and that are not located within a half-mile of highway exits and evacuation routes can only receive up to $10,000.

Funding will be paid only for actual eligible expenses upon receipt by NYSERDA of proper documentation that the installation is complete. The Department of Agriculture and Markets and the local Weights and Measures divisions will inspect pertinent station documents to ensure compliance with this law and confirm designated stations are ready to operate during a declared energy emergency.

. Legislation passed May 29 repeals the requirement for Stage II vapor recovery in the state. The legislation has been sent to Governor Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign the bill. The law prohibits Stage II from being installed in new stations and requires the decommissioning of all Stage II systems in the state by July 1, 2015. The new statute requires that Stage II systems be decommissioned according to Section 14 of the 2009 edition of PEI's Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle Refueling Sites (PEI/RP300). The legislation also requires annual pressure decay testing of Stage I vapor recovery systems.
. Governor Rick Scott signed H.B.4001 into law, repealing the state's 10 percent ethanol mandate. The bill does not impact federal ethanol blending obligations stemming from the Renewable Fuel Standard, and is not expected to change the fuel mix for Florida drivers. 

IRPCO, LLC Subsidiary of Lewis-Goetz & Co.
, Poca, West Virginia, has named two manufacturers' agents to represent the company. Petro Energy, Inc., Houston, Texas, will represent IRPCO in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. P&G Marketing and Associates, Clinton, Illinois, will represent the company in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

OPW Fueling Components and sister company OPW Fluid Transfer Group have combined leadership structures to form one group that includes such brands as OPW, Civacon, Petro Vend and Midland. David Crouse has been named president of the group. Tim Warning, previously president of the OPW Fluid Transfer Group, has been named president of a company within the Dover Engineered Systems segment. Three internal promotions were also announced as part of this move. Susan Hathaway was named CFO for the OPW Group. Ann Miller was named vice president, human relations for the OPW Group. And Steve Van Pee was named vice president and general manager of the group's Chemical and Industrial business unit.

OmegaFlex, Inc., Exton, Pennsylvania, has added new representation in three sections of the United States. Walsh, Long & Company, Inc., Naperville, Illinois, will represent OmegaFlex in the Midwest. Eastern States Associates, Inc., Palmer, Massachusetts, was named to represent the company in the Northeast. Lucas Ford Associates, St. Petersburg, Florida, will represent OmegaFlex in the Southeast.

Bruce Larson
, president of The Oscar W. Larson Company and former president of PEI, received the MPA/MACS Pioneer Award from the Michigan Petroleum Association/Michigan Association of Convenience Stores. Larson received the award at the association's 2013 Michigan Spring Convention and Trade Show. 
OPW's AVANCE Fueling Nozzles and Swivel Breakaways and PDQ Manufacturing's LaserWash® 360 In-Bay Automatic Vehicle Wash System were selected as a "Product of the Year 2013" in different categories at the recent 2013 International Petrol Station Trade Fair in Warsaw, Poland. The judging was done by a committee appointed by the Polish Chamber of Liquid Fuels.

"More and more businesses and local governments are turning to propane
to power commercial and municipal vehicle fleets, off-road equipment, etc. To meet demand, public propane filling stations are spreading around the country."The Kiplinger Letter, May 24, 2013.
Royal Farms, Baltimore, Maryland, has agreed to pay a $600,000 penalty for fuel leaks at two of its Maryland outlets and to check dozens more for possible problems, the Maryland Department of the Environment said. Royal Farms pledged to conduct a "comprehensive audit" over the next two years of underground tanks and piping at 70 other stores and take prompt action if groundwater contamination is suspected or found. The company has 151 stores in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
GPM Investments LLC, Richmond, Virginia, has entered into an agreement with Wilmington, Delaware-based VPS Convenience Store Group to purchase VPS's Southeast division. The VPS Southest division consists of 263 company-operated convenience stores, 33 dealer locations and a fuel transportation business. Upon completion of the transaction later this month, GPM will operate 467 stores and supply 143 dealer locations.  

Ed Peiker
, co-founder of Peiker-Piatchek Assoc. Inc., passed away June 9. Ed and his partner Dick Piatchek have been members of PEI since 1970. Ed had a distinguished career as a division engineer for Texaco, Inc. before forming Peiker-Piatchek in 1969.

A man was arrested earlier this month at a Shell station in Sarasota, Florida, and charged with three counts of attempted robbery. The three victims say that the man approached them at a gasoline dispenser, grabbed the nozzle out of the dispenser boot and aimed it at them, telling them to "give me everything you have" and threatened to injure them. The victims refused to give the man anything and he walked away toward a nearby apartment building. He was later taken into custody. 

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted last month to approve broad energy efficiency legislation after adopting an amendment that would add an incentive program for natural gas and electric vehicle charging stations. The committee's approval of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 761) paves the way for consideration by the full Senate.

Florida distributor
. HosePower USA, 50 Industrial Loop North, Orange Park, Florida 32073, has applied for distributor division membership. Courtney Colvin provides inside sales and marketing support for the firm, which was established in 1991. The company is a hydraulic, industrial and specialty hose distributor, and represents Balcrank, Goodyear, HoseMaster, Kuriyama, PTCoupling and Thermoid. Sponsored for PEI membership by James R. Parrish, PTCoupling, Enid, OK. www.hosepower.com
Lighting products manufacturer. Lektron LED Lighting Technologies, 7450 East 46th Place, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74145, has applied for manufacturer division membership. John Fitzwilson is sales manager for the firm, which was established in 1979. The company provides lighting products to the retail petroleum industry. The products are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Randy Stockton, ArningInd, Cassville, MO. www.lektroninc.com
Australia service company. Best Western Petroleum Services Pty Ltd., P. O. Box 2050, Bathurst, N.S.W., Australia 2795, has applied for service and construction division membership. Kevin Brennan is director for the firm, which was established in 1990. The company maintains fuel systems, and installs and removes underground and aboveground storage tanks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jay Walsh, Franklin, Madison, WI. www.bestwesternpetroleumservices.com.au
California general contractor. R D Builders, Inc., 4075 East Leaverton Court, Anaheim, California 92807, has applied for service and construction division membership. Gary Redfern is the primary contact for the company, which was established in 1984. The company provides ground-up construction of underground fueling facilities and also provides remodeling and maintenance services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL. www.rdbuilders.com
California service and testing firm. Paradise Services, 2047 South Lassen Drive, Santa Maria, California 93454, has applied for service and construction division membership. Tom Prichard is owner of the firm, which was established in 2008. The company services, sells and tests petroleum equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by John W. Moore, Banks&Co, Fresno, CA.


  • Lenny Campbell Service Co., New Market, VA (dis)
  • Roth Industries, Syracuse, NY (mfr)
  • Summit Commercial Finance Company, Scottsdale, AZ (aff)
  • Lakeside Petroleum Service LLC, North Syracuse, NY (aff)
  • Raymond Harris & Associates, Dallas, TX (aff)


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