August 29, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 17

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Dear PEI Member:

Our elected leaders in Congress seem to be taking an increasingly active role in our industry of late.

Bipartisan groups of senators and representatives have sent letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) expressing concerns about the compliance costs of EPA's proposed underground storage tank (UST) rule.

Eleven senators, led by Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Jim Risch (R-Idaho), asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in a letter dated July 23 to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) panel to analyze the effect of the regulation on small businesses prior to finalizing the rule.

A July 24 House letter, spearheaded by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and John Barrow (D-Ga.) and signed by 56 other representatives went further, asking McCarthy to withdraw the proposed rule and convene a SBAR panel to examine the "significant economic impact" the regulation would have on small business.

EPA offered the proposed UST rule in November 2011. EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) told us earlier this month that a final rule is not expected until the second quarter of 2014. We are not certain if and how the letters will affect the timing and substance of the final rule. The National Tanks Conference will be held September 16-18 in Denver. We will talk to EPA at that meeting and see what we can find out.

Earlier this month, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote a letter asking that the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigate large oil companies that may have blocked sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol (E15) at retail stations operated by their franchise holders. Grassley is the top Republican on the Senate's Judiciary Committee while Klobuchar chairs the panel's antitrust committee.

The FTC said last week that it is looking into the matter. It did not indicate it was opening a formal investigation. The Justice Department has not responded to the lawmakers' request, according to Mr. Grassley's staff.

PEI members will consider and vote on two amendments to the PEI Constitution and Bylaws at its annual membership meeting October 14 in Atlanta. The first amendment has to do with the way PEI conducts elections for board positions. From 1966 through this year, PEI has conducted board elections by mail, as that is what PEI's rules provide. The amendment would permit electronic voting. Casting ballots in this manner should save time, save money, make the process more efficient and increase participation.

The second change would increase from 9 to 10 the number of votes it takes to expel a member from association membership. When the board was enlarged several years ago, the association neglected to increase the number of votes it took to expel a member. By making this change, PEI would once again require a simple majority (10 of 18) of directors to cast votes to expel a member.

Click here to view the PEI Constitution and Bylaws with the proposed changes.

EPA Asked To Analyze Effect of Proposed UST Rule on Small Businesses

FTC To Look Into Issues Surrounding E15 Sales

Membership To Vote to Amend PEI's Constitution/Bylaws

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The runoff elections for three positions on the PEI Board of Directors have been completed. Winners include Susan Maples, RBM Company, Knoxville, Tennessee (District 5); Kendra Barzak, Hamilton Tanks, Columbus, Ohio (District 11); and Ron Kingsbury, UST Services Corporation, Owings, Maryland (Service and Construction Division).

Bahamas installation and service company
. Quick Welding Company Ltd., Harold Road, P. O. Box CR-55618, Nassau, Bahamas 55618, has applied for service and construction division membership. Delon Kemp is CEO of the firm, which was established in 1983. The company upgrades marinas, installs signs, pressure tests lines, installs and removes tanks, and installs canopies. Sponsored for PEI membership by Freeman Deveaux, AFDMgmt, Nassau, Bahamas.
California installation and service company
. RSSE Inc., 1515 Charles Drive, Redding, California 96003, has applied for service and construction division membership. Mark B. Fry is president of the firm, which was established in 1946. The company installs and services air compressors, lube equipment and lifts. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ann Thomas, PtrMktgEqp, Placentia, CA.
Illinois investment firm. Range Light LLC, 118 North Clinton Street, Unit 202, Chicago, Illinois 60126, has applied for affiliate division membership. Steve Groya is a managing partner for the firm, which was established in 2012. The company is a financial capital investment firm. Sponsored for PEI membership by Rod Smith, Freedom, Kennesaw, GA. www.rangelightllc.com


  • Petroleum Materials, Houston, TX (dis)
  • JMD3, LLC dba 4thRight Technologies, Olathe, KS (aff)
  • Mill City Petroleum Services, Fridley, MN (S&C)
  • Hermes Energy Engineering & Construction, Istanbul, Turkey (S&C)
  • Abdul Hamid Al-Qallaf, KNPC, Safat, Kuwait (O&E)
  • Thomas Ruszin, Two Farms, Inc. dba Royal Farms, Baltimore, MD (O&E)
  • Jennifer Sosin, BP Oil, Chicago, IL (O&E)


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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.