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January 23, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 2

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Dear PEI Member:

Since its 2014 launch, the PEI Women program has helped nearly 200 female PEI members learn, network and advance their careers in the fuel handling equipment industry.

That forward momentum will continue at the fourth annual PEI Women Conference, May 2-5, at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa in San Diego. Early bird registration for the conference is now open. This year’s conference schedule is packed with exceptional opportunities to learn and connect. Here are a few highlights.

  • A networking welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday, May 2 will kick off the conference. A second networking reception and dinner will be held Thursday evening, May 3.
  • Retired U.S. Navy veteran Mary Kelly, Ph.D., will present “Creating an Executive Presence: Effective Strategies for Women.” Kelly also will moderate a panel of PEI Women members discussing challenges they have faced—and solutions they have found—working in a male-dominated industry.
  • Conference keynote speaker Kay Frances will combine her business education and many years in stand-up comedy to show how to better manage stress in her session “Times Have Changed!” Frances also will lead a group ice-breaker the first morning of the conference.
  • PEI President Robert Peavey, president of PumpTex, Inc., Beaumont, Texas, will welcome the group and share some personal insights.
  • PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long will provide his perspectives on where the industry is today and what’s ahead tomorrow.
  • Claudia St. John, president of Affinity HR Group, will address sexual harassment and navigating the #metoo movement, with a focus on how to recognize harassment and—even more important—how to prevent it.
  • A series of interactive roundtable discussions will allow attendees to select other subjects in which they are interested.

Early Bird Registration for PEI Women Conference

Comments Open for RP200 and RP600

STI Revises Two AST Standards

ASTSWMO Releases UST Reports

PMAA Seeks Clarity on E15 Labels



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Early bird registration is $495 ($595 for nonmembers) through March 7. After March 7, the fee increases to $595 for members ($695 for nonmembers). The registration fee includes all sessions and materials, lunch, two receptions and two dinners. Nonmember registration includes a lifetime PEI Women membership (a $100 value). PEI’s negotiated room rate at the Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa is $179 plus tax.

To register for the conference and book your hotel rooms, click here. If you have any questions about registration or lodging, contact Sarah West at swest@pei.org or 918-236-3968.

PEI also is offering several sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 PEI Women Conference. View sponsorship details and levels here. For sponsorship questions, contact Whitney Emerick at wemerick@pei.org or 918-236-3965.

PEI is seeking comments from the industry on two widely used recommended practices scheduled to be revised in 2018: PEI/RP200, Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling and PEI/RP600, Recommended Practices for Overfill Prevention for Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks. If you have suggestions for improving either document, visit www.pei.org/rp200 or www.pei.org/rp600 and click the “Comment Now” button. Note that all comments must be submitted online.

Only comments received by Friday, March 9 will be considered for inclusion in the next editions.

The Steel Tank Institute (STI) released the 6th Edition of SP001 Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs) and the 5th Edition of SP031 Standard for the Repair of Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Storage Tanks.

Major enhancements in the revised SP001 include:

  • Addition of a new appendix on inspections of heated thermoplastic liquids, including asphalt, stored at up to 500° F.
  • Removal of the maximum specific gravity of stored liquids from the standard’s scope.
  • Increase of the maximum size of shop-fabricated tanks to 75,000 gallons.
  • New inspection guidelines for steel diked tanks and concrete-encased shop-fabricated tanks.
  • Revision of the monthly water removal requirements for Category 1 ASTs.
  • New procedures for servicing double-walled, steel diked and concrete-encased shop-fabricated tanks.
  • A new decision tree and additional examples for determining tank category in Appendix A.
  • Revision of monthly and annual checklists.

Changes in the new SP031 standard include:

  • Revised definitions that agree with those in SP001.
  • Important edits to the safety considerations and welding sections.
  • Revised diagrams that clearly show proper tank modifications.

National standards such as SP001 and SP031 play an important role in helping AST owners comply with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations, which require integrity testing of all regulated tanks.

Both standards can be ordered on the STI website.

At the 2017 PEI Convention, 92 Latin American members participated in the first-ever PEI educational sessions conducted in Spanish.

PEI is forming a steering committee to present recommendations for additional Latin American programs and services to the association’s board of directors. (See Nov. 14, 2017 TL.) The committee will meet Feb. 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. If your company is actively engaged in the Latin American market and you would like to contribute to this effort, email PEI Marketing Director Whitney Emerick at wemerick@pei.org by Thursday, Jan. 25.

California. A bill introduced in the California legislature would prohibit the sale of new gasoline-powered and hybrid-electric passenger vehicles beginning Jan. 1, 2040. The Clean Cars 2040 Act would restrict new car sales to zero-emissions vehicles (ZEVs), defined as those that “cannot produce exhaust emissions of any criteria pollutant or greenhouse gas under any operational mode or condition.” Battery-powered electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles would qualify as ZEVs.
Oklahoma. The EPA approved revisions to Oklahoma's underground storage tank (UST) program under a direct final action issued Jan. 8. The rule takes effect March 12 unless EPA receives adverse comments by Feb. 8, in which case the approval will be withdrawn.
Oregon. Effective Jan. 1, residents of counties with a population of 40,000 or less may use self-service fueling stations 24 hours a day. Since 2016, self-service fueling in these counties has been allowed only between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) released two documents of interest to petroleum equipment contractors and tank owners.

In a Jan. 18 letter, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to examine E15 labels on fuel dispensers and retail price signs. PMAA’s letter states that inconsistent labeling of the fuel is creating confusion in the marketplace and increasing the risk of misfueling. PMAA is particularly concerned about dispenser labels and signs describing E15 as “Unleaded Plus,” “Unleaded15,” “Unleaded 88,” “Ultra 88” and “eblend,” all of which, it says, blur the distinction between E10 and E15.

Kwik Chek Convenience Stores Inc. purchased eight Cleo’s convenience stores in southern Texas.
Rmarts LLC acquired 10 Minute Man stores in the Chicago area.
H&S Energy LLC purchased 50 stores in Northern California from Tower Energy. The sites are being rebranded as Power Market and Extra Mile.
Par Petroleum LLC entered an agreement to acquire 33 Cenex Zip Trip convenience stores in Washington and Idaho.
Walmart is closing 63 of its Sam’s Club stores in the U.S., including 38 that sell fuel.
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. will begin offering Circle K franchises in Canada.
Total opened its first retail fueling facility in Mexico.
Pester Marketing Co. acquired 42 retail outlets in Colorado and Nebraska from Western Convenience Stores Inc. The locations will be rebranding as Alta convenience stores.

Morrison Bros. announced the retirement of Rich Stevens, the company’s western regional sales manager. Stevens had more than 40 years in the petroleum equipment industry, the last 17 with Morrison Bros.
Barker Lemar promoted Grant Palmer to petroleum services operation manager. Palmer joined Barker Lemar as an environmental specialist in 2014. Since 2016, he has led the company’s convenience store compliance efforts.

“According to a joint agency staff report … by the California Energy Commission and the California Air Resources Board, the state is home to 31 hydrogen retail locations. That number has risen to 35 today, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuel Data Center. Another 34 are planned for the future, meaning California will still be roughly 30 retail locations short of its 100-station goal as we approach 2020.”—Green Car Reports, Jan. 5, 2018
“The fuel economy of new U.S. cars and trucks hit a record 24.7 miles per gallon in the 2016 model year, a government report said, even as some automakers had to buy credits to meet federal requirements. Fuel economy rose by just 0.1 mile per gallon in 2016 and was projected in the 2017 model year to hit another record of 25.2 mpg, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a report.”—Reuters, Jan. 11, 2018
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday made its case for increasing the gas tax as it unveiled a plan to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and trains. Chamber President Tom Donohue called for a 25-cent increase to the gas tax over the course of five years, but said his group would also support a proposal that increased the tax all at once.”—The Hill, Jan. 18, 2018

Chinese fuel dispenser components manufacturer. Wenzhou Jiahao Petroleum Machinery Co. Ltd., Dong’ou Industrial District, Qubei Town, Wenzhou, China, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Nicole Huang is in sales at the firm, which was established in 2010. The company manufactures and supplies fuel dispenser components such as fuel nozzles, breakaways, hose swivels, hose adapters, fuel flow meters and fuel pumps. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mike Cao, Hefei, Anhui, China.
Texas fuel controller provider. Texas Engineering and Consulting Systems Service, 10251 Panther Ridge Trail, Dallas, TX 75243, has applied for affiliate division membership. Howard Dockery is president of the firm, which was established in 2016. The company builds a fuel controller that helps connect EMV terminals with old fuel dispensers. Sponsored for PEI membership by Douglas L. Jones, PumpMaster, Shreveport, Louisiana.


  • Egyptian Company for Import & Export, Cairo, Egypt (aff)
  • Open Comb Systems, Lima, Peru (aff)
  • California Hazardous Services Inc., Santa Ana, California (S&C)
  • Electromecanica Hernandez S De Rl De CV, Parques del Sur, Mexico (S&C)
  • Petro Flow Inc., Southport, Florida (S&C)


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