Dear PEI Member:
The 24th National Tanks Conference was held last week
in Denver. Here is what we heard and learned.
New federal underground
storage tank (UST) rule delayed until spring 2014. The new federal UST
rules are delayed again. EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST)
estimates it will take until next spring to review and respond to all of the
comments received on the rule it proposed November 18, 2011. Although we
heard several specific dates when the rule is expected to be finalized―April
15, May 1 and May 15―everyone we talked with at OUST thinks the "spring"
target date is reasonable and provides for unexpected delays in the process.
Release detection at high-throughput UST systems. UST owners and
operators typically encounter special challenges in complying with federal
release detection requirements for high-throughput systems. The primary
issue for release detection compliance at a high-throughput UST system is
the lack of quiet time, which is necessary for many release detection tests.
OUST has prepared draft guidance for release detection at high-throughput
UST systems entitled
Release Detection At High-Throughput UST Systems:
Practical Help and Guidance. OUST is seeking additional background
information, reports, studies and comments on any of the issues discussed in
the guide. Please provide that information to Tim Smith at
firstname.lastname@example.org by December 2.
Older UST systems may be nearing the end of their useful lives. Some
forward-thinking gasoline marketers have already initiated programs to close
or replace UST systems before they leak. These UST owners are using such
factors as age of equipment, warranties, type of construction (single-walled
or double-walled), site leak history, site ownership and profitability,
available funds and soil conditions to prioritize which UST systems will be
replaced and in what order. The marketers that we talked to are beginning
their voluntary replacement programs on UST systems installed in the 1970s
and early 1980s. What we heard from marketers in Denver was reminiscent of
the tank replacement programs undertaken by the major oil companies in the
New releases from regulated UST systems continue to decline.
EPA reports 2,974 new confirmed releases among the 581,097 active
USTs regulated by EPA's UST program in the first six months of the current
fiscal year. Compared to 9,000 new releases at mid fiscal year 2003 and
3,294 new releases at mid fiscal year 2008, the underground storage tank
program in the United States has made great strides in reducing the number
of releases into the environment. To view these numbers from another
perspective and to understand how far we have come as a nation, 510,733
releases have been reported since the beginning of the UST program.
PEI CONVENTION ADVANCE REGISTRATION CLOSES OCTOBER 4
Advance registration discounts expire next week for the PEI Convention at
the NACS Show, October 12-15 in Atlanta. At least 50 new product
announcements are anticipated in the sold-out trade show. And an outstanding
education program will offer technical sessions on CNG fueling stations
and OSHA compliance, as well as bottom-line business-oriented sessions
Mergers and Acquisitions
Who's Making Money Today...and How?
Getting Serious About Profits...Finally
The True Cost of Service Techs
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DOE PUBLISHES ETHANOL EQUIPMENT HANDBOOK
Handbook for Handling, Storing and Dispensing E85 and Other
Ethanol-Gasoline Blends is the title of a
39-page report prepared by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL), a national laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The document serves as a guide for
blenders, distributors, sellers, and users of E85 and other ethanol blends
above E10. It provides basic information on the proper and safe use of E85
and other ethanol blends, and includes supporting technical and policy
references. We read the handbook and believe it is a good reference document
for PEI members, as well.
PETROLEUM MARKETER NEWS
Albertson's LLC, Boise, Idaho, is acquiring United Supermarkets LLC
dba The United Family, Lubbock, Texas, which operates 50 retail stores,
including seven convenience stores and 26 fuel centers.
"We certainly see the role of natural gas in our energy future, and
we are looking forward to participating as it evolves as a viable
alternative transportation fuel. We plan to evaluate the results of our
pilot project in West Texas, and if it is successful, we expect to gradually
roll out CNG fueling capabilities in other Stripes markets."―Steven
DeSutter, president and CEO of Stripes LLC, at the company's convenience
store in Midland, Texas, where CNG is offered.
Lehigh Gas Partners LP and Lehigh Gas - Ohio LLC have
purchased 17 convenience stores in eastern Tennessee and southwestern
Virginia from Rogers Petroleum Inc.
APPOINTMENTS AND PROMOTIONS
Triangle Microsystems Inc. (TMS), Raleigh, North Carolina, has appointed
Bruce G. Gibson president of the company and Tommy Goodson director of
OPW, A Dover Company, Hamilton, Ohio, has named Ed Kammerer to
director of product management - OPW Retail Fueling. Kammerer was formerly
OPW's western regional manager.
Ryko Solutions Inc., Grimes, Iowa, recently announced that David
Wingert has joined the organization in the new role of senior vice president
of sales and marketing.
Fittings and valve manufacturer. SSP, 8250 Boyle Parkway, Twinsburg,
Ohio 44087, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Kristin Evans
is marketing specialist for the company, which was established in 1926. The
company manufactures stainless steel tube fittings, valves, tubing and
installation tools. This equipment is sold through distributors.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Annalloyd Thomason, NGVI, Las Vegas, NV.
Fuel management systems manufacturer. Coencorp, 3705 Place de Java,
Suite 190, Brossards, Quebec J4Y 0E4, has applied for manufacturer division
membership. Ali Tavassoli is president of the firm, which was established in
1991. The company designs, develops and manufactures fuel management
systems, which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership
by Victor J. Robinson, Robinson, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Lubrication equipment dealer. RAASM USA Inc., 1704 East Boulevard, Suite
101, Charlotte, North Carolina 28203, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Sylvie Thory is account manager for the firm, which was
established in 2008. The company provides fluid and lubrication equipment to
distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by William J. Mascott,
MascottEqp, Portland, OR. www.raasmusa.com
Security lock company. Lock America Inc., 9168 Stellar Court, Corona,
California 92883, has applied for affiliate division membership. Richard
Morahan is marketing consultant for the firm, which was established in 1981.
The company designs, develops, manufactures and markets security locks and
hardware for a wide range of industries. Sponsored for PEI membership by Al
Hillgren, Seneca, Des Moines, IA.
Arkansas contractor. Lonny M. Goodwin Co. Inc., 625 Highway 32W,
Saratoga, Arkansas 71859, has applied for service and construction division
membership. Lonny M. Goodwin is CEO of the firm, which was established in
2002. The company installs, maintains, manages and closes fuel systems.
Nominated for PEI membership by Alex Ralston, Petcon, Jackson, MS.
Tennessee installation and maintenance firm. M & D Electric and
Building Services Inc., P. O. Box 7, Bloomington Springs, Tennessee 38545,
has applied for service and construction division membership. Mark
Borch-Jensen is operations manager for the firm, which was established in
1996. The company installs and upgrades underground and aboveground
petroleum and DEF systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by W. Douglas Bruce,
RBMCo, Knoxville, TN. www.manddelectric.com
MEMBERSHIP TRANSFER REQUEST
PetroTech LLC, 1587 Road 814, Plantersville, Mississippi 38862, has
requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the service and
construction division to the distributor division. The company represents
ChampLabs, ESCO, Franklin, HallTank, HuskyCorp, ModernWeld, VeriFone and
Wayne. The transfer is sponsored by Forrest Rhemann, PtrEqCoMS, Richland,
Mississippi, and Thomas Brown, NatlPtrEqp, Attalla, Alabama.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- OCV Control Valves, Tulsa, OK (mfr)
- Stillwater Technologies, Orlando, FL (aff)
- Becker Aviation Specialists, Glen Ellen, IL (aff)
- C&N Petroleum Equipment, Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa (aff)
- Telpar, Crosby, NH (aff)
- Ernesto Oviedo, Ipiranga S.A. DE C.V., Durango, Mexico (O&E)
- Keith Spiker, QuikTrip Corporation, Tulsa, OK (O&E)