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February 25, 2016 | Vol. 66, No. 4

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Dear PEI Member:

PEI’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) System Inspection and Maintenance Committee met earlier this month and acted on 98 public comments offered to update PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems (PEI/RP900). Many of the comments were accepted in one form or another. A few suggestions that were not incorporated into RP900 are also of some significance to users of the document. Here is a summary:

  • The scope of the recommended practice was NOT expanded to include UST systems and associated equipment other than that used to store and dispense gasoline, diesel and related petroleum products at vehicle fueling facilities. In other words, the document is not intended to apply to marinas, aviation-fueling facilities, farms, emergency generators, etc. The committee did broaden the scope to include the shear valve.
  • The Committee recognized that, in many instances, the new federal inspection requirements that became effective October 13, 2015, were less comprehensive than the inspection practices contained in the 2008 edition of RP900. After reviewing all the inspection requirements of the federal rule, the Committee revised the document to meet or exceed the walkthrough inspection requirements and frequencies contained in the federal regulations. In a few instances, the Committee included recommended procedures for walkthrough inspections in the document that were not included in the federal rule. The Committee also rejected several proposals to increase the frequency of some inspections (e.g., spill bucket drain valves, interstitial space of drain valves).
  • A number of comments dealt with water and the quality of fuel in the UST. The Committee made a few tweaks to Section that now requires the owner to check to see if water is present and, if found, to notify the appropriate person in the company. Section also will direct the owner to a new appendix that will discuss water issues and suggest strategies to keep water out of the tank. The appendix will be available for public review and comment before it is included in the 2016 edition of RP900.

PEI/RP900 Revised

Oklahoma Tank Rules Revised

Oregon Relaxes Self Service Rules


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  • All of the testing requirements contained in RP900 were removed from the document and will be considered for inclusion in PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities (PEI/RP1200). By this action, the Committee opted to provide one document to use for walkthrough inspections of UST systems (RP900) and another to test the equipment and verify it is working properly (RP1200). As a result of this decision, both RP900 and RP1200 will be released simultaneously, probably sometime this summer.

Proposed rules governing fuel inspection, underground storage tanks, aboveground storage tanks, tank indemnity funds and corrective action were adopted February 3 by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission en banc. The proposed rules and related documents pertaining to the rulemakings may be downloaded from the Commission’s website.
Oregon. Beginning this year, gas stations in Oregon counties with populations less than 40,000 people are allowed to provide self-serve dispensers, but only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. The population threshold included in the new law is set at a level that includes half of all Oregon counties, including most of the counties east of the Cascades. No counties along Interstate 5 are small enough to qualify. Oregon lawmakers approved the measure after hearing from gas station owners in rural areas who said they couldn’t find enough employees to staff their stations overnight. New Jersey is the only other state to ban self-service dispensing of motor fuel.

Double Check Company
, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, celebrated its 50th anniversary on February 6. The company serves the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa from six locations.
ZCL Composites Inc. announced that it has appointed Rene Aldana as chief operating officer, effective January 19, 2016. He was formerly managing director and president of Yokogawa Canada, a Calgary-based subsidiary of Yokogawa Electric Corporation.
Tim Woofter, owner and president of Stanwade Metal Products, Fowler, Ohio, was presented with the STI-SPFA Hall of fame Award at the organization’s annual meeting in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii, on February 4. STI-SPFA is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.   
“The Auto Channel received confirmation today from Urban Air Initiative and RFA (Renewable Fuels Association) that the latest model MINI hard top is approved by MINI and BMW to run on E25 fuel.”—Auto Central, February 1, 2016.
“After a couple of really good years for sales and profit growth, single-store owners are surprisingly cautious about their 2016 business prospects despite a slowly improving national economy.”—Single Store Owner, January/February 2016.
EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) has moved from its Arlington, Virginia location to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The new address: Office of Underground Storage Tanks, US EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code 5401R, Washington, D.C. 20460. The email addresses of the OUST staff and UST website www.epa.gov/ust, remain the same. You can access OUST employee’s phone numbers through the headquarters contact section on the OUST website.

Peter “Pete” Turner
, co-owner (with his wife Margaret) of Anniston Pump Shop, Anniston, Alabama, died January 30 at the age of 72. Margaret Turner will assume Pete’s duties in the company. In addition to Margaret, survivors include his daughter, Pamela Turner; his mother, Else Turner; and his brother, Bud Turner.
Raymond J. Rieseck,
former president of Morgan Brothers Metal Fabrication, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, died February 17 of lymphoma of the brain.  He was 74. Ray worked 42 years at Morgan Brothers, retiring in 2000 as president of the company. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Regina; his mother, Mildred Rieseck; a daughter, Meredith Terracio; a stepson, Rex Bohrer; and a granddaughter, Amanda Terracio.

Alabama distributor
. Petro-Serve LLC, 8596 Highway 18W, Vernon, Alabama 35592, has applied for distributor division membership. Matt White is the official contact for the company, which was established in 2008. Petro-Serve LLC is an equipment and service company that represents Catlow, CentralIL, EmcoWheatn, ESCO, FairfldInd, RDMElec and Sloan. Sponsored for PEI membership by Betty West, EmcoWheatn, Wilson, NC.
Texas distributor
. Tesco Equipment & Supply Co., 1024 Walnut Street, Abilene, Texas 79601, has applied for distributor division membership. Stacy D. Long is president of the firm, which was established in 1938. The company represents Franklin, HuskyCorp, IRPCOinc, OPW-FC, Tuthill and Wayne. Tesco services the equipment it sells. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Monroe, Monroe, Arlington, TX.  
Illinois tank manufacturer. Certified Tank & Manufacturing, LLC, 2500 Richards Lane, Springfield, Illinois 62702, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Max Bumgardner is an administrator in the firm, which was established in 2001. Certified Tank manufactures carbon and stainless steel tanks for the petroleum industry. The tanks are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Andy Svedarsky, UFUEL, Elk Mound, WI. www.certifiedtank.com
Brazil station automation solutions provider. EZTech Tecnologia e Automacao Ltda., Praia do Flamengo, 66, Bloco B, Sala 1101, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil 22210-030, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Ricardo Spinelli is commercial director for the firm, which was established in 2009. The company specializes in automated solutions for gas stations including forecourt controllers and attendant identifiers, which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ricardo Britto, ExcelTire, Warwick, RI. www.eztech.ind.br
Kentucky installation and maintenance firm. KPS Services, 1225 Early Drive, Winchester, Kentucky 40392, has applied for service and construction division membership. Rodney Polly is compliance manager for the firm, which was established in 2012. The company installs, services and maintains equipment related to petroleum sales. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mark Sweet, ShieldEnv, Lexington, KY. www.kpsservices.net


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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.