February 9, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 3
Dear PEI Member:
The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) held its 2018 interim (nonvoting) meeting Jan. 21 – 24 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Several issues of importance to PEI members were on the agenda.
Credit card skimmers took center stage at the meeting, with Florida enforcement officials leading technical presentations and conducting a “skimmer field trip” to educate attendees on the growing danger these devices present to retailers and consumers alike.
The statistics in Florida—which is widely regarded as ground zero for skimmer fraud—are staggering. In 2017, inspectors located and removed 654 skimmers in the Sunshine State. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, an average skimmer captures 100 credit card numbers and causes a loss of $1,000 on each card. If these estimates are accurate, skimmer fraud in Florida topped $65 million in 2017.
The sophistication of today’s skimmers is only increasing the danger. Cellular-enabled skimmers now capture and transmit credit card data in real time. Once the device is in place, the thieves no longer have to return to the site to harvest the data. At the interim meeting, Florida regulators introduced a proposal to require additional safeguards against unauthorized dispenser access, thereby making it more difficult for the bad guys to install skimmers. The proposal was referred to committee for further development.
Two proposals discussed in St. Pete Beach appear headed to a vote at this summer’s annual NCWM meeting.
One is designed to clarify E15 dispenser labeling requirements. The cause of the confusion? Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines consider E15 a flex fuel, while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies the blend as gasoline. NCWM delegates will seek to resolve the conflict this summer.
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Also likely to be voted on is a proposal to require that every retail fuel receipt identify the dispenser used for the transaction in addition to the price per gallon and number of gallons dispensed. This change would help weights and measures officials more easily check the site’s payment systems. Fuel customers also would be able to quickly confirm the accuracy of their receipts.
Another proposal to lower the maximum allowable water level in underground storage tanks (USTs) from 1 inch to 0.25 inch was removed from the docket and is unlikely to make a return anytime soon. Although reducing water in USTs is a worthy goal, three offsetting concerns won the day in St. Pete Beach:
The 103rd annual NCWM meeting will be held July 15 - 19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If you are planning to attend, be sure to drop by PEI’s headquarters to say hello.
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Virginia petroleum consulting firm. C2C Professional Services LLC, 1195 Cedar Gate Road, Monroe, VA 24574, has applied for affiliate division membership. Mark Opoka is president of the company, which was established in 2006. The firm ensures exacting adherence to plan specifications to allow a cleaner, more sustainable transfer of fossil fuels. Sponsored for PEI membership by Stephen Roach, Progressive Builders Inc., Greenville, South Carolina.
Georgia controls company.
CD Controls LLC, 55 Gateway Drive, Lavonia, Georgia 30553
has applied for affiliate division membership. Darryl Yarbrough is vice
president of business development for the firm, which was established in
2005. The company designs and manufactures integrated electrical switchgear
and energy management control systems.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Dave Burgoon, SloanLED, Ventura, California.
Turkey petroleum market import company,
Pehlivan Petrol Ekipmanlari San Ve Ticaret LTD STI, Serifali Mahallesi
Mevdudi Sokak No 40/A, Umraniye, Istanbul, 34775, Turkey, has applied for
affiliate division membership. Umut Pehlivan is general manager of the firm,
which was established in 2008. The company produces, commercializes and
imports products for the petroleum market. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Wang Li, Zhejiang Jiasong Technology Co., Ltd., Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China.
Oregon construction company.
Central Service Inc., 133 NE Greeley, Bend, OR 97701, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Lee J. Bennett is owner of the
firm, which was established in 2012. The company provides construction and
related services for retail and commercial fueling facilities. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Ken Neeley, ESCO Services Inc., Tampa, Florida.
Delaware installation firm. Delmarva Petroleum Service LLC, 9483 Clendaniel Pond Road, Lincoln, DE 19960, has applied for service and construction division membership. Travis Walls is managing member of the firm, which was established in 1999. Delmarva Petroleum Service LLC specializes in installations, retrofits and removal of UST and AST systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America Corp., Addison, Illinois.
Georgia service company.
Fuel Quality Solutions, P.O. Box 1867, Cleveland, GA 30528, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Charles Perry is owner of the
firm, which was established in 2001. Fuel Quality Solutions provides ATG
installations, tank and equipment testing and related services. Sponsored
for PEI membership by Ed Kubinsky, Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.
Washington service contractor. Grand Ronde Petroleum Service, LLC, 2839 W. Kennewick Ave. #547, Kennewick, WA 99336, has applied for service and construction division membership. Gary R. Jones is owner of the company, which was established in 2011. Grand Ronde Petroleum Service LLC is a service contractor operating in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Mathews, Northwest Pump & Equipment Co., Portland, Oregon.
California service and installation
company. In Compliance Services LLC, 7255 Piper
Road, Bethel Island, CA 94511, has applied for service and construction
division membership. Lucas Jones is president of the firm, which was
established in 2013. The company designs, installs, tests, repairs and
maintains UST & AST fuel systems and PLC, and provides custom fuel
system integrations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Eric Hick, CGRS Inc.,
Fort Collins, Colorado.
Texas installation contractor. Mid Valley Contracting Co., 701 N. Iowa Ave., Weslaco, TX 78596, has applied for service and construction division membership. Virgilio Beltran Jr. is owner of the firm, which was established in 1988. The company is a UST system contractor. Sponsored for PEI membership by Domingo Perez, South Texas Pump Inc., Weslaco, Texas.
Texas environmental technology firm. NanoVapor Inc., 2408 Timberloch Place, Suite B1, The Woodlands, Texas 77380,
has applied for service and construction division membership. Rob Krotee is
president of the firm, which was established in 2010. NanoVapor provides
technologies and services that reduce volatile organic compounds in the
energy and aviation industries. Sponsored for PEI membership by Robert
Hayes, OPW Fuel Management Systems, Hodgkins, Illinois.
Kentucky service company.
River Cities Builders Inc., 175 Sandy Cove, Greenup, KY 41144, has applied
for service and construction division membership. Greg Logan is owner of the
firm, which was established in 2012. River Cities Builders Inc. provides
installation, service, maintenance and tank removal services for convenience
stations. The company also offers building, re-imaging and remodeling
services. Sponsored for PEI membership by David Spochart, Bolger Brothers
Inc., Altoona, Pennsylvania.
New Jersey construction and remediation
firm. Salomone Bros. Inc., 17 Demarest Drive,
Wayne, NJ 07470, has applied for service and construction division
membership. John Lynch is director of the firm, which was established in
1976. Salomone Bros offers fuel facility construction, general contracting,
demolition, utility improvements, well drilling, dewatering and
comprehensive environmental/remediation services. Sponsored for PEI
membership by John Nolan, John W. Kennedy Co., East Providence, Rhode
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