September 25, 2013 | Vol. 63, No. 19

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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 OUST has prepared draft guidance for release detection at high-throughput UST systems entitled Release Detection At High-Throughput UST Systems: Practical Help and Guidance.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 smith.timr@epa.gov 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 1980s.

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.

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 including:

  • Mergers and Acquisitions

  • Who's Making Money Today...and How?

  • Getting Serious About Profits...Finally

  • Health-Care Reform

  • The True Cost of Service Techs

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But the Convention isn't just about learning. It's also about networking. With more than 300 first-time attendees signed up for this year's show, you will have an exceptional opportunity to connect with new prospects and peers. Take a look at the complete attendee list (so far).

Register today to save $100 per attendee--and check here for convenient hotel options near the convention center.

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.

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.

Triangle Microsystems Inc.
(TMS), Raleigh, North Carolina, has appointed Bruce G. Gibson president of the company and Tommy Goodson director of sales.
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. www.mysspusa.com
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. www.coencorp.com
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. www.laigroup.com 
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

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.


  • 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)


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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.