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November 24, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 23

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Dear PEI Member:

There are relatively few advantages to getting older. I have firsthand knowledge of some of them. You get more frugal. (I always ask for the senior discount.) You become more open and say what’s really on your mind (It’s as if you kept it in, all these years, under the guise of being courteous, but your inhibitions melt away as you age.) And you wear comfortable clothes. (As long as I leave the house with comfortable shoes and matching socks on my feet, I’m happy.)

Another advantage of getting older is having great long-term memory—just don’t ask me what I did with my car keys an hour ago. For example, I can remember exactly where I was 30 years ago this month when I received word that President Reagan signed amendments to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Subtitle I of those amendments specifically provided for regulation of underground storage tank (UST) systems. The Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) was created the following year (1985) to carry out the Congressional mandate to develop and implement a new regulatory program for USTs. It resulted in the most comprehensive regulatory program PEI members have ever participated in.

Leaking tanks became a problem before 1984. PEI predicted in 1975 that state and federal controls related to tank and piping leaks would proliferate. At about the same time, the American Petroleum Institute’s (API’s) Operations and Engineering Committee recognized that UST leaks presented a growing industry problem and formed a task force to recommend procedures for detecting and dealing with them. By 1981, less than 10 percent of all USTs in the ground were protected from corrosion.

Emphasis shifted in the early 1980s from tank regulations for safety reasons (i.e., fire codes) to regulations for protecting the environment and public health. Pressure to deal with the impact of leaking USTs on groundwater mounted when 60 Minutes aired a disturbing segment on leaking underground service station tanks. Shortly after that, Congress stepped in with the 1984 Subtitle I RCRA amendments.

UST Program's 30th Anniversary

PEI's Young Executives Conference

Oklahoma's Proposed Tank Regulations




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There were over two million USTs in 1984. Many of them were bare steel that were corroding and leaking fuel into the ground. When President Reagan signed the law, more than 85 percent of the USTs were still made of unprotected steel. By 1988, somewhere from 10 to 48 percent of existing tanks failed a tank tightness test, depending on which study you believed. And when you consider that from 8 to 20 percent of all USTs had releases, UST regulators back then had their hands full.

The U.S. EPA’s UST program has made significant contributions to the environment during the last 30 years. The program’s accomplishments are real, and there is much that regulators and the regulated community can point to with pride.

Part of the reason this governmental program works so well after three decades is because Ron Brand and other founders of the UST program involved everyone in the process of protecting our environment from UST releases. States, territories, tribes, industry, owners/operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers and trade associations were called partners. PEI and its members were treated that way back then and continue to feel that way today. This is a unique program with unique relationships that has produced quantifiable results.

I think successful managers and leaders should continuously focus on what can be, rather than what is. And I also believe that the best leaders are always focused on improving. From the equipment and contractor side of this unique partnership—and in that spirit—this is what I see still needs to be addressed to make a great UST program even greater:

  • Let’s figure out what is causing the metal components of our UST systems to corrode in the presence of ultra low sulfur diesel fuel.
  • Let’s get that last 25 percent of underground tank systems in the U.S. into compliance with release prevention and leak detection requirements. That will reduce the number of newly confirmed releases.
  • Let’s work together to determine why equipment is deteriorating in sumps containing ethanol and/or ethanol vapors.
  • Let’s find ways to clean up the releases in the backlog before state cleanup funds sunset or are diverted.
  • And let’s kick off an inspection and testing program that will identify equipment that no longer works as it was supposed to work.

Here’s to another 30 years. Let’s continue the good work.

Registration is now open for the 2015 PEI Young Executives Winter Conference, which is scheduled for February 4-6, 2015. The event will be held at the Andaz San Diego Hotel in San Diego, California. The conference begins with a dinner February 4.

The keynote speaker for the conference is Bruce Wilkinson, a leadership and communications implementation specialist.

The Winter Conference early registration fee is $395 for PEI Young Executives members and $495 for nonmembers (nonmember fee includes a one year Young Executives membership). Spouses or guests also are invited to attend for a fee of $125, which includes all meals and receptions. These registration fees are valid until December 13, 2014. To register for the event or to view a detailed schedule for the conference, click here. Questions regarding Young Executives Winter Conference registration should be directed to Sondra Sutton at 918-236-3967 or ssutton@pei.org.

The conference rate for the Andaz San Diego Hotel is $179 per night, excluding taxes and resort fees. This special block is available from February 2-8, 2015. The housing deadline is January 6, 2015. Reservations can be made via phone at 619-849-1234. Please make hotel reservations early, as only a limited number of rooms are available in the PEI room block. All rooms must be reserved with a valid credit card.

PEI Young Executives Program is open to full-time employees of any PEI member company who are between the ages of 21 and 45. The cost for membership in the program is $100 per year. 

An informal survey
of those attending the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America’s (SIGMA) annual meeting last week revealed that the fear of experiencing a data breach—and the resulting legal exposure—was among marketers’ top concerns.—Oil Express News Alert, November 12, 2014.
OPW China and Tanknology, Inc. are jointly developing a service organization to perform underground storage tank and associated piping testing, as well as internal UST inspections. OPW China is OPW’s Asia Pacific Business Unit.
LSI Industries Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, has named Dennis W. Wells as its new chief executive officer and president. Wells has more than 30 years’ experience in lighting, graphics and lighting controls, which is a natural complement to LSI’s business segments. He can be reached at dennis.wells@lsi-industries.com

. Notices of Proposed Rulemaking for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s changes to its petroleum storage tank regulations are available for review and comment. These include changes to Chapter 15 (Fuel Inspection), Chapter 25 (USTs), Chapter 26 (ASTs), Chapter 27 (Indemnity Fund) and Chapter 29 (Remediation of Releases). The proposed rules will be discussed at public technical conferences scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, 2014, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in Courtroom 301, Third Floor, Jim Thorpe Office Building, 2101 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The proposed rules are accessible on the Commission’s website at www.occeweb.com.

New York consulting engineer
. Blackacre Development Inc., 9 Wedgewood Lane, East Northport, New York 11731, has applied for affiliate division membership. George Kavrakis is an engineer with the firm, which was established in 2004. The company designs, obtains permits for and builds service stations and convenience stores. Sponsored for PEI membership by Frank DiAndrea, Island, East Northport, NY.
Nicaragua service provider. Global Supply de Nicaragua S.A., Semáforo Lozelsa 2 Cuadras al Norte, 1/2 c al Oeste #762, Edificio Global Supply, Managua, Nicaragua, has applied for affiliate division membership. Emilio Ortega is general manager of the firm, which was established in 2010. Global Supply specializes in providing comprehensive solutions to the industrial sector in general by representing and distributing many manufacturers for industrial applications. Sponsored for PEI membership by Estevano Londono, SpeedSol, Medlellin, Colombia. www.gsnicaragua.com
Florida construction and maintenance firm. Octane One, 2207 W. North A Street, Tampa, Florida 33606, has applied for service and construction division membership. Rebekah Russell is director of advertising and marketing for the firm, which was established in 2012. The company builds and maintains refueling facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, SourceIL, Addison, IL. www.octaneone.com
Illinois service contractor. Petroleum Technologies Equipment, 8447 44th Place, Lyons, Illinois 60534, has applied for service and construction division membership. Thomas Doherty, Jr., is owner of the firm, which was established in 1995. The company is a full service petroleum equipment contractor. Sponsored for PEI membership by Steve Trabilsy, Accurate, North Aurora, Il.
Nebraska testing firm. Leak Specialists, Inc., P. O. Box 45227, Omaha, Nebraska 68145, has applied for service and construction division membership. John Dilsaver is president of the firm, which was established in 1983. The company provides tank and line testing, Stage 1 vapor recovery testing and operator training. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mike A. Cooper, CooperEqCo, Omaha, NE. www.lsi.us.com.
New York tank and pipe testing firm. Seneca Maintenance & Construction LLC, P. O. Box 123, Dresden, New York 14441, has applied for service and construction division membership. Theodore A. Ginther is president of the firm, which was established in 2013. The company is a petrochemical tank and piping firm serving central and western New York. Sponsored for PEI membership by Brad R. Estabrook, Estabrook, Essexville, MI. www.senecamac.com


  • Anthony Congram, Suncor Energy (USA) Inc., Commerce City, CO (O&E)
  • Mike Tierney, Cumberland Gulf Group of Companies, Framingham, MA (O&E)
  • Matthew Cheney, Jaco Oil Company, Bakersfield, CA (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.