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May 25, 2017 | Vol. 67, No. 11

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Dear PEI Member:

The latest edition of PEI’s RP1200: Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities (PEI/RP1200-17), is now available for purchase.

Since its 2012 debut, RP1200 has become one of the most widely used of all PEI recommended practices. And now, with the 2015 addition of testing, operating and maintenance requirements to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations, the document is more important than ever. The revised federal rule recognizes the procedures in RP1200 as sufficient to meet federal testing requirements in three areas:

  1. Secondary Containment: Tightness testing of repairs to secondary containment areas of tanks and piping used for interstitial monitoring and to containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring (40 CFR 280.33(d)).
  2. Spill Prevention: Periodic testing of spill prevention equipment and containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring of piping and periodic inspection of overfill prevention equipment (40 CFR 280.35).
  3. Release Detection: Annual testing of electronic and mechanical release detection components, including automatic tank gauges and other controllers, probes and sensors, automatic line leak detectors, vacuum pumps and pressure gauges (40 CFR 280.40).

The PEI Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee, which drafted PEI/RP1200-17, developed its consensus recommendations after reviewing nearly 60 public comments from regulators, distributors, installers, manufacturers and other PEI committees. Among the important decisions, revisions and enhancements in the new edition are the following:

  • More than 20 testing and verification matters previously included in RP900, Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of Underground Storage Systems have been incorporated into RP1200.
  • Vacuum testing standards for double-walled tanks have been adjusted to bring greater consistency to the procedures for fiberglass and steel tanks (Section 4).
  • The committee reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that in hydrostatic testing of sumps, the test water should be a minimum of 4 inches above the uppermost sump penetration or sump sidewall seam, whichever is higher (Section 6.5.6).
  • The committee reaffirmed its 2012 recommendation that ball float valves be removed and replaced with another type of overfill prevention device (Section 7.2).
  • Many of the 28 definitions in Section 2 were reworded to match language used in other PEI recommended practices.

RP1200-17 Now Available

Registration Opens for 2017 PEI Convention

Arizona Allows Isobutanol in Gasoline

OSHA Delays Injury Filing Deadline


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Owners and operators in 16 states and territories without state program approval (SPA) status must meet the federal requirements in 40 CFR 280. Jurisdictions with approved SPA plans (38 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) must revise their regulations and submit a new SPA application that is “no less restrictive” than the federal rule by Oct. 13, 2018.

To help state regulators and PEI members better understand the rationale behind the key provisions of PEI/RP1200-17, PEI will conduct a free informational webinar Wednesday, July 12, at 11:00 a.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. CDT. Presenters are three members of the Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee: Ed Kubinsky, Crompco LLC (chair); Mike Frank, Maryland Department of the Environment and ASTSWMO EPA Region 3 UST Task Force member; and Scott Boorse, Wawa Inc. Webinar attendees also will be able to ask questions of the panelists. Registration for the webinar will open in June.

Members of the PEI Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee are:

  • Edward S. Kubinsky, Jr., Crompco LLC (chair)
  • Matt Bjornson, Bjornson Oil Co
  • Scott C. Boorse, Wawa Inc.
  • Danny Brevard, Accent Environmental Services Inc.
  • Jim Brown, Belshire Environmental Services Inc.
  • Sullivan D. Curran, Fiberglass Tank & Pipe Institute
  • Brian Derge, Tanknology
  • Michael T. Frank, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Lorri Grainawi, Steel Tank Institute
  • Brian Harmon, Tait Environmental Services, Inc.
  • Kevin Henderson, Kevin Henderson Consulting LLC
  • Jim Howard, Speedway LLC
  • Ron Kingsbury, UST Services Corporation
  • Steve Purpora, Purpora Engineering Inc.

David J. Piercey of JD2 Environmental served as consultant to the committee.

OPW, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has expanded its voluntary hose swivel connector recall to include model OPW 20S swivels. This is in addition to the recall of models OPW 241TPS and OPW 36S announced on March 27. For the model 20S, only swivels with a stamped MFG date of January 2013 through August 2017 are affected. The model number is printed on the body of the swivel connector. Visit OPW’s website for more details.

Early-bird attendee registration and housing are now open for the 2017 PEI Convention at the NACS Show, Oct. 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago. The PEI headquarters hotel is the Hyatt McCormick Place. PEI also has room blocks at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, the Palmer House Hilton and the W Chicago Lakeshore.

Registration by July 11 is $295 for PEI members and $495 for nonmembers. After July 11, the rates increase to $445 for PEI members and $645 for nonmembers. On-site registration is $595 for PEI members and $795 for nonmembers.

To view the tentative convention schedule or reserve housing, visit If you'd like to register now click here.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation May 10 authorizing the use of isobutanol as an oxygenate in gasoline sold for on-road vehicles. Isobutanol is already in use in the state for off-road applications including boats, all terrain vehicles, motorcycles and lawn equipment. The legislation takes effect in August.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) announced May 17 that it was delaying a July 1 deadline for an estimated 466,000 employers with 20 or more employees to electronically file details on recordable injury and illness cases with the agency. Some business groups have opposed the requirement, which would allow OSHA to publicly post employers’ injury and illness data online. OSHA did not announce the reason for its delay. However, several news outlets have reported that the agency is attempting to negotiate settlements of two federal court challenges to the reporting requirements.

Jay Walsh
has been named president of Franklin Fueling Systems. Walsh has been with Franklin for 22 years, serving in a variety of technical service, sales, product management and leadership positions. Most recently, he was executive vice president of the company. Franklin also announced that John Adrian has been promoted to senior vice president of sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Tony Hsu has been named vice president of sales for Asia.
Dave Masterson has joined Dixon Pumps, a Shaw Development Company, as general manager. Masterson has more than 20 years of experience leading business development and operations for domestic and international businesses.
Daniel J. Aular has joined S. Bravo Systems, Inc., as senior manager of engineering. In his new position, Aular will oversee the development, testing and fabrication of new Bravo designs, products and components.
Marty and Cathy Meyer retired May 1, exactly 28 years after opening M & M Service Station Equipment Specialists, Inc. The company, which the Meyers initially ran out of their home, expanded in 2001 with the purchase of Mid-Valley Supply. Today, M & M operates in multiple states and employs more than 60 people. The company has been purchased and will be operated by Mickey Meyer, president and chief executive officer, and Sherrie Keller, vice president and chief financial officer.


“The operator of a convenience store and gas station in Yazoo City, Mississippi, has pleaded guilty to a violation of the federal Clean Water Act. Acting U.S. Attorney Harold Brittain says [the operator] admitted discharging the contents of an underground fuel storage tank into a sewage line connected to the city's wastewater treatment system, which created a fire or explosion hazard and risked contaminating water supplies.”—U.S. News & World Report, May 6, 2017

“State pollution regulators have issued a major fine against the owner of a Goodhue County (Minnesota) trucking and excavating firm for illegally installing an aging, corroded underground fuel storage tank and camouflaging it in an attempt to fool inspectors. Fitzgerald Excavating and Trucking has agreed to pay $80,000—one of the largest penalties ever issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) against a small business.”―Star Tribune, May 1, 2017

“ExxonMobil (XOM) said today that it will invest $300 million over the next 10 years into Mexico's fuel market
and open its first Mobil filling station in the country in the latter part of 2017, the Financial Times reports. ... ExxonMobil joins BP, which opened its first Mexican station in March, as the second foreign firm entering the filling station sector.”—The Street, May 17, 2017
“The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday launched a review of its policy related to third-party electric vehicle charging stations, saying the lack of consistent rules governing the way fees can be assessed may inhibit the build-out of EV infrastructure.”—, May 17, 2017
“U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer sent letters to the four top congressional trade leaders announcing that his office wants to start negotiations with the other two NAFTA countries after a 90-day consultation period, the statutory timeline required by the fast-track trade law Congress passed in 2015. That consultation period will expire Aug. 16.”—Morning Consult, May 18, 2017
“ExxonMobil’s Speedpass+ app has added support for Apple Watch payments, letting you charge your gas bill with a tap on your wrist. The update, added to the Speedpass+ app this morning, will let any Apple Watch owner authorize a payment using whatever stored option they choose, be that a manually inputted credit card or via Apple Pay.”—The Verge, May 4, 2017


U.K. forecourt equipment manufacturer. Berrys Technologies, 141 Lichfield Road, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B6 5SP United Kingdom, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Martin Berry is CEO of the firm, which was established in 1966. Berrys Technologies manufactures fill and vent pipe and sumps, which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Naylor, Durapipe, Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom.

Canada point-of-sale software provider. Bulloch Technologies, 6305 Northam Drive, Unit 15, Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1W9, has applied for affiliate division membership. Brad Bossert is a partner in the firm, which was established in 1986. The company provides petroleum station point-of-sale software. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Vassos, WalecoInc, Mississauga, Ontario.

Colorado service and construction company. Tbone Construction, 1310 Ford Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80915, has applied for service and construction division membership. Jeff Pyle is fuel division manager for the firm, which was established in 1986. The company is a full-service general contractor and offers installation, service and repairs for fuel systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mickey Meyer, MMSerEqp, Newport, Kentucky. 


  •, McKinney, Texas (dist)
  • MagTek, Seal Beach, Calif. (aff)
  • L&M International Inc, Irvine, Calif. (aff)
  • Capital Business Control, Dearborn Heights, Mich. (S&C)
  • G.V. Mitchell Maintenance Ltd., Cobourg, Ontario (S&C)


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