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April 13, 2017 | Vol. 67, No. 8

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Dear PEI Member:

The 2017 edition of RP100: Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (PEI/RP100-17) has been finalized and is available for purchase at www.pei.org/rp100. The price is $40 for members and $95 for nonmembers. The 2017 edition supersedes the 2011 edition of the document (PEI/RP100-11).

Federal regulations (40 CFR 280.20) require that underground storage tanks (USTs) and piping be installed in accordance with a code of practice developed by a nationally recognized association or independent testing laboratory. Of the two comprehensive installation codes of practice mentioned in the regulations, only PEI/RP100 has been regularly updated and revised for the past 30 years. The 2017 edition is the ninth revision of PEI/RP100 since the document’s debut in 1986.

The PEI Tank Installation Committee reviewed and dealt with more than 30 public comments submitted by installers, industry consultants, manufacturers and regulators. In addition to numerous revisions to increase the clarity and readability of the document, the new edition contains significant substantive changes, including the following:

  • Vent restriction devices (ball float valves) are no longer included as an option for installation.
  • References to important new resources on corrosion in USTs storing diesel and ethanol fuel blends have been added to Appendix C.
  • Double-walled spill buckets are now listed as an option that should be considered for installation.
  • Procedures, measurements and time requirements for the testing of containment sumps have been substantially revised.
  • The “Release Detection” chapter in the 2011 edition has been rewritten, reorganized and expanded into a new chapter on “Leak Detection” that, among other things, contains detailed practices for double-walled tanks and piping.
  • The illustrations and accompanying captions in the 2011 edition have been updated. New graphics on suction pumping, piping layouts and flexible connectors also have been added.

New Edition of RP100 Published

7-Eleven Acquires Sunoco Stores

2017 NACS Consumer Fuels Survey

CARB Affirms Fuel Efficiency Standards



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The PEI Tank Installation Committee, which is responsible for the 2017 edition of PEI/RP100, is composed of the following expert installers, environmental engineering consultants, and state and federal regulators:

  • Leland M. Freemen, Petroleum Solutions, Inc. (chair)
  • Blake Bammer, Jones & Frank
  • Carl E. Bayliss, II, B C & C LLC
  • Joey Cheek, Guardian Fueling Technologies
  • Ryan Haerer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Gina Jaimes, Sunoco LP
  • Michael Mizicko, Western Pump, Inc.
  • David J. Piercey, JD2 Environmental, Inc.
  • Peter Rollo, DNREC–Tank Management Branch
  • Greg Thomas, C. E. Thomas Co.
  • Bill R White, D&H United Fueling Solutions, Inc.

Kevin Henderson of Kevin Henderson Consulting served as consultant to the committee.

Seven & i Holdings, the parent company of 7-Eleven, signed an agreement on April 6 to purchase 1,110 of Sunoco’s 1,350 convenience stores for $3.3 billion in cash. The stores, which are concentrated in Texas and along the Eastern Seaboard, operate under the Stripes and APlus brands. As part of the agreement, 7-Eleven agreed to buy 2.2 billion gallons of fuel annually from Sunoco for the next 15 years. In a company press release, Sunoco also stated its intention to sell another 200 stores by the fourth quarter of 2017.

The recently released 2017 NACS Consumer Fuels Survey includes several findings of particular interest to PEI members. Among the biggest are:

  • Convenience stores, which sell more than 80 percent of all U.S. motor vehicle fuel, reported a 9.2 percent decline in fuel revenue in 2016. The decline was the result of low gas prices, which dropped from $2.44 per gallon in 2015 to $2.17 in 2016.
  • Fuel margins fell from 23.4 cents per gallon in 2015 to 23.1 cents in 2016; however, fuel volume rose 2.6 percent. As a result, gross profit on fuel sales increased 1.6 percent.
  • Convenience store customers, on average, said that gas prices would have to increase to $3.37 per gallon (more than one dollar above present levels) before they would drive fewer miles.
  • Price remains the top factor influencing U.S. drivers’ decisions on where to fuel. However, the number who put price first (51 percent) has fallen 6 percent in the past two years. Convenience store food and beverage options are becoming more important in the decision-making process.
  • More fuel purchasers are taking the time to walk into the store—some 42 percent in 2016, a 7-point jump from two years ago. Improved food and beverage offerings also are driving this trend.

On March 24, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) unanimously affirmed fuel efficiency standards of 54.5 mpg for model year 2025 vehicles in the state. The decision comes less than two weeks after President Trump ordered a review of the federal Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for model year 2022-2025 vehicles.

Twelve states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington) and the District of Columbia have pledged to follow the California standards. Collectively, these states account for approximately one-third of U.S. new car sales.

CARB also reiterated its support of zero-emission vehicles and its intent to pave the way for “new regulations to rapidly increase the number of zero-emission vehicles required to be sold in California after 2025."

Recent conversations with PEI distributors and manufacturers reveal lots of optimism about the U.S. economy. Two new studies show that the country as a whole is equally encouraged about the nation’s economic future. The highly respected Consumer Confidence Index produced by the Conference Board rose in March to its highest level since 2000, with consumers strongly optimistic about business conditions, jobs and personal income. The 2017 First Quarter Manufacturers’ Outlook produced by the National Association of Manufacturers showed 93.3 percent of manufacturers are somewhat or very positive about their companies’ prospects. That number—a 20-year high—is up from 56.6 percent one year ago.

Guardian Fueling Technologies
has acquired Alliance Petroleum Services of Greensboro, North Carolina. The new branch will be the 11th location for Jacksonville-based Guardian. Alliance founder and managing partner Stuart Bowen will stay with the company as branch manager.
Seneca Companies named JC Risewick as its new president. Risewick joined Seneca as a field services representative in 2006, was promoted to general manager of Seneca’s industrial division in 2009, was named vice president of sales in 2013, and became chief operating officer in 2016. He succeeds Murray Nelson, who stepped down March 31, after 16 years as president.
Petroleum Solutions, Inc. (PSI) has promoted Luke Clements to regional sales manager for the Houston/Beaumont region. In his new role, Clements will oversee sales strategies, sales targets and the sales staff for this region.

“The [global] gas station equipment market will grow at an annual rate of 5%
during the next 5 years, according to a report from MarketResearchReports.biz. … One of the key trends identified by the report is the growing presence of technologically advanced fuel dispensers, while the customization of these as per retailers’ requirements is expected to also boost the market.”—PetrolPlaza, March 31, 2017
“The Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (ICC) today announced that publicly-accessible fuel retail stations in Indiana can begin applying for a share of $122,687.29 through the fourth round of applications for the Hoosier Homegrown Fuels (HHF) Blender Pump Program. The first three rounds provided more than $1,358,800 in grant funding.”—AgriMarketing, April 6, 2017
“Wyoming reported the nation's highest operational compliance rates for underground storage tanks (USTs) in fiscal year 2016, according to a January 4 announcement from the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).”―Underground Storage Tank Guide, April 2017
“Mexico's retail sector is underdeveloped and fragmented, with 80 percent of fuel retailers owning from one to three stations, according to data from Onexpo. The country counts less than 12,000 stations nationwide, or one station for every 10,500 inhabitants, four times less than the one per 2,600 inhabitants ratio in the US, according to energy regulator CRE.”—Argus Media, March 30, 2017
“Gasoline demand jumped 2.2% in 2016 and is now up 5.1% over the past two years. This marks the fourth straight year of increase. Demand per driver edged up last year even though the vehicle fleet became more fuel efficient.”—Lundberg Letter, March 16, 2017
“The economy is nearing ‘full employment,’ when further decreases in the jobless rate would hike wages enough to spur a wave of inflation.”—The Kiplinger Letter, March 3, 2017

Texas distributor.
GasDevs.com, 550 N. Central Expressway, #2685, McKinney, TX 75070, has applied for distributor division membership. Jaime Del Angel is managing member of the firm, which was established in 2015. The company offers sales and distribution of petroleum parts and equipment and represents Cim-Tek, ContiTech, EmcoWheatn, Freedom, IRPCOinc and OPW-FC. Sponsored for PEI membership by John Register, PerformInk, Columbia, South Carolina.
California payments and technology provider.
MagTek, 1710 Apollo Court, Seal Beach, CA 90740, has applied for affiliate division membership. Rebecca Robinson is marketing manager for the firm, which was established in 1972. The company’s solutions include authenticating transaction data across the retail, financial and OEM industries. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett, Spring Lake, Michigan.
California gasoline dispenser display provider. L&M International Inc., 25 Deergrass, Irvine, CA 92618, has applied for affiliate division membership. Lulu Huang is vice president of the firm, which was established in 2015. The company sells multimedia displays for gasoline dispensers. Sponsored for PEI membership by Zhao Miao, Accugauge, Qingdao, China. 

Michigan service company. Capital Business Control, 6067 N. Vernon St., Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, has applied for service and construction division membership. Sal Mehdi is vice president of the firm, which was established in 2009. The firm provides line testing and meter calibration. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ken Neeley, ESCO, Tampa, Florida.
Ontario installation and service company. G.V. Mitchell Maintenance Ltd., 8744 Minifie Road, RR #6, Cobourg, Ontario, K9A 4J9 Canada, has applied for service and construction division membership. Gerry Mitchell is president of the firm, which was established in 1983. The company installs and upgrades equipment, repairs dispensers and provides tank removal services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Vassos, WalecoInc, Mississauga, Ontario.  

Unified Contracting Services Inc.
, 2425 N.E. 46th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50317, has requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the service and construction division to the distributor division. Unified Contracting Services represents Bennett, BravoInc, ClayBailey, Cree, EmcoWheatn, FuelMaster, OPW-FC, Wayne and Xerxes. The transfer is sponsored by Mike Sprague, DicksPtrCo, Tripoli, Iowa, and Arthur Wentworth, Pipeco, Bettendorf, Iowa.


  • Brett Vignali, Cumberland Farms, Westborough, MA (O&E)


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