NCWM MEETING IN DENVER
The 101st meeting of the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)
was held recently in Denver. Regulators voted on three issues that might be
of interest to PEI members.
- Retail sales of natural gas sold as a vehicle fuel. In the
retail marketplace, compressed natural gas (CNG) is sold as an alternative
fuel to gasoline and diesel fuel. Liquified natural gas (LNG) is also sold
as an alternative fuel to diesel. Handbooks 130 and 44 were changed by
delegates at the Denver meeting to allow fuel retailers to sell CNG and LNG
in diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) units. The change, effective January 1,
2017, will allow consumers to more readily compare cost and fuel economy.
- Credit card authorizations. New, nonretroactive language was
added to Handbook 44 that governs pay-at-the-pump retail motor fuel devices.
It provides: “Once a device has been authorized, it must de-authorize within
two minutes if not activated. Re-authorization of a device must be performed
before any product can be dispensed. If the time limit to de-authorize the
device is programmable, it shall not accept an entry greater than two
- Filters on dispensers selling diesel fuel at retail. Another
proposal to require all (with limited exceptions) diesel dispensers be
equipped with a 10-micron or smaller nominal pore size filter was not
passed. The vote does not preclude the issue being brought up in the
A new proposal to reduce the amount of water allowed in
all tanks storing fuel for retail sale to ¼ inch was discussed and is on the
agenda for next year.
IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE FOR 2015 UST REQUIREMENTS IN
There is some confusion among members regarding the implementation time
frames for states without program approval (non-SPA states) to comply with
EPA’s UST requirements. In particular, members and the regulated community
want to understand when UST owners in non-SPA states will be required to
conduct the first test or inspection of the following:
- Spill prevention equipment (test)
- Overfill prevention equipment (inspection)
- Containment sump testing for sumps used for piping interstitial
- Release detection equipment (test)
- Walkthrough (inspection)
The deadline for UST owners and operators in non-SPA
states to conduct their first test or inspection of the equipment mentioned
above is October 13, 2018. The non-SPA states include AZ, CA, FL, IL, KY,
MI, NJ, NY, OH, RI, WI, and WY. EPA has published a
brochure that highlights the
implementation time frames to meet the 2015 federal UST requirements.
STI-SPFA OFFERS BROCHURE ON UST SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
The Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI-SPFA)
has produced a
new educational brochure for owners
and operators of UST systems. The brochure encourages owners and operators
to monitor and inspect their fuel storage systems frequently for water to
maintain quality product and reduce business risk. The brochure features
easy-to-understand text, an illustration of where water enters USTs, and a
list of additional resources.
Earl Gerald “Jerry” Galvin, owner and president of Jemko Petroleum
Equipment Inc. from 1975 until his retirement in 1996, died July 23. He was
88. Jerry continued to serve on the Jemko board until his passing. Survivors
include his wife, Ella R. (Tropper) Galvin, who he married in 1954; a
daughter, Linda L. Maslar; a son, Daniel G. Galvin, who serves as vice
president of Jemko; and four grandchildren.
PEI MEMBER NOTES
RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc., Nebo, North Carolina, has acquired the
assets of the 3M™ Wired Communication Systems business. This includes the
existing inventory for Performance and Classic Series intercoms and their
accessories. The wired intercom products and systems manufactured by RDM
will be sold under the RDM brand.
Ace Tank & Fueling Equipment, a division of Source North America,
moved August 1 to a new location in the Seattle-Tacoma area of Washington.
The address is 19111 Des Moines Memorial Drive, Suite H, SeaTac, WA 98148.
Ace Tank’s phone number (800-426-2880) remains the same.
Samson Corporation, Swannanoa, North Carolina, has contracted with
Impact Solutions Rep Group LLC to represent Samson lubrication equipment
products in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana and eastern Idaho.
DOE ANNOUNCES $7 MILLION TO ACCELERATE CO-OPTIMA
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced up to $7 million in funding
for the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative. The
first-of-its-kind initiative is a collaboration between DOE’s Office of
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies
Office and Vehicle Technologies Office. It brings together DOE national
laboratories and industry stakeholders to simultaneously conduct tandem fuel
and engine research, development and deployment assets. Reuben Sarkar, DOE’s
deputy assistant secretary for transportation, will speak about the
Co-Optima initiative October 19 at PEI’s convention in Atlanta.
Georgia engineering firm. civilogistix, 1995 North Park Place SE, Suite
430, Atlanta, Georgia 30339, has applied for affiliate division membership.
David White is an engineer with the firm, which was established in 2015. The
company provides civil engineering and petroleum fueling design for retail
fueling centers, trucking facilities and convenience stores. Sponsored for
PEI membership by James E. Young, YoungGroup, Johns Creek, GA.
Lift manufacturer. Stertil-Koni, 200 Long Canoe Circle, Stevensville,
Maryland 21666, has applied for affiliate division membership. Stephanie
Smith is a marketing associate for the firm, which was established in 1997.
The company provides in-ground lifts and heavy-duty vehicle lifts. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Stephen E. Dixon, Hoidale, Wichita, KS, and Mark
Barron, PtrSolutns, McAllen, TX.
Ohio environmental consulting firm. Emerald Environmental Services
Inc., 1621 St. Clair, Kent, Ohio 44240, has applied for affiliate division
membership in PEI. Andrew Hershberger is a project manager and the primary
contact for the firm, which was established in 1998. The firm provides
environmental, waste management and industrial hygiene services to its
customers. Sponsored for PEI membership by David R. Spochart, BolgerBros,
Philippines service company. VSanJuan Enterprises, 224 Bermudez
Compound, JP Rizal Street, Cabuyao, Laguna 4025, Philippines, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Luis F. San Juan is
operations manager for the firm, which was established in 1998. The company
installs signage for fueling stations and other establishments in the
Philippines. Sponsored for PEI membership by Reuben M. Valerio, ACCorp,
Makati City, Philippines.
ADMITTED TO PEI
- EY Engineering Plc., Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (aff)
- CPI dba Quick Seal Tire Repair, Wilder, ID (aff)
- MAES Inc., St. Michael, Barbados (S&C)
- Interstate Construction, Roseville, CA (S&C)