June29, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 12
Dear PEI Member:
Currently, owners and operators in the 16 states and territories that have adopted the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations must complete an initial compliance test on sumps, spill buckets and overfill prevention devices by Oct. 13, 2018. Compliance deadlines in State Program Approval (SPA) states vary, depending on when the state revises its UST rules. In some cases, owners and operators in these jurisdictions have until Oct. 13, 2021, to conduct their initial tests.
Last December, however, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) asked the EPA to extend the last possible deadline for the initial compliance tests to Oct. 13, 2024. (See Dec. 20, 2017 TL.)
Then, earlier this month, 20 members of the U.S. House of Representative and 25 U.S. Senators added their voices to the effort, with letters asking EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to defer the sump, spill bucket and overfill prevention testing deadline to Oct. 13, 2024.
And last week, the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO) and the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) joined PMAA in yet another request for a delay until Oct. 13, 2024. The trade groups’ letter stated, “Our members are concerned that there are far too few qualified contractors available to install the upgraded equipment mandated under the final rule.”
As explained in the Dec. 20, 2017 TulsaLetter, the EPA may respond to these requests in one of three ways.
First, the EPA could choose to do nothing, in which case the existing deadline will stand.
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Second, the EPA could extend the deadline through a fast-track process known as a “direct final rule.” Designed for non-controversial matters, a direct final rule would automatically take effect unless the EPA received any objections from the public during a short comment period.
The third option would be a formal rulemaking involving notice, a public hearing and public comments. Such a process likely could not be completed before the Oct. 13 deadline.
It’s hard to predict what, if anything, will come of these efforts. As we said last December when PMAA made its initial request, “we’ll see.”
EPA PROPOSES NEW RENEWABLE FUEL VOLUMES
The EPA also proposed a biomass-based diesel volume of 2.43 billion gallons for 2020, a 330 million gallon increase from the 2.1 billion gallons mandated for 2019.
The complete EPA proposal can be found here. Parties wishing to comment on the proposal must do so by August 17.
TEXAS MODIFYING FUEL QUALITY PROGRAM
First, TDA has begun random fuel testing at retail locations throughout the state. Retailers selected for the program receive fuel sampling kits from TDA. The sampling must be conducted by a Texas-licensed service company, and the retailer bears the costs of the test, including shipping the sample back to TDA.
Second, TDA has proposed reducing the time retailers have to respond to fuel quality complaints from five days to 24 hours. Operators would be required to keep the fuel subject to a complaint in the tank until testing is completed.
In a June 14 letter to its members, the Texas Food & Fuel Association (TFFA) signaled its opposition to both changes and stated its intention to work with the Texas legislature on less expensive and more practical alternatives.
EPA APPROVES ISOBUTANOL REGISTRATION
The registration affirms EPA’s preliminary conclusion that blending isobutanol into gasoline will not negatively affect health, safety, the environment or the operation of gasoline-fueled vehicles and engines.
Butamax, a joint venture of BP and Dupont, is the first large gasoline provider to receive approval for blending isobutanol into gasoline.
SERVICE & CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS CONFERENCE
If you are interested in serving on the conference planning committee, contact Bob Young, PEI’s director of industry relations, at email@example.com by Friday, July 13. Planning committee meetings will be held via conference calls. Committee members will be expected to register for and attend the conference.
PEI MEMBER NEWS
S. Bravo Systems Inc. retained Boston McDermott as its representative in Alaska and Hawaii. With the new coverage in these two states, Bravo now has on-demand, localized customer support in all 50 states.
SPATCO Energy Solutions acquired the assets of Performance Oil Equipment Inc., a Mississippi-based supplier of petroleum equipment and services. Jimmy Ratcliff, formerly president of Performance Oil Equipment, will remain with SPATCO as installation manager. Wayne Parish, Performance Oil Equipment’s former vice president, will become service manager. The acquisition is SPATCO’s 10th expansion in three years.
Tanknology Inc. promoted Jason Bloch to vice president of its Inspection Services division, which includes the Periodic Visual Inspection, Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection and Compliance Management groups. For the past five years, Bloch has managed the Periodic Visual Inspection group.
Kenneth J. Hayden, 62, died June 15. Hayden was a founding partner of Northeastern Petroleum Technologies in Schenectady, New York, and a former member of the PEI Board of Directors. Hayden was predeceased by his first wife, Terry Coppola. He is survived by his wife, Christi (Grasso) Hayden; son, Dylan; stepchildren, Nicholas Nelson and Annie Nelson; and siblings, Kathleen Miller, David Hayden and Melissa Johnson.
pump manufacturer. Goldfinch Pumps, 5350 College
Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66211, has applied for affiliate division
membership. Michelle Dias is director of marketing and sales for the firm,
which was established in 2015. Goldfinch Pumps manufactures a variety of
commercial and municipal pumps and valves. Sponsored for PEI membership by
John Moore, Banks & Co., Fresno, California.
Missouri construction company. HMR Enterprises LLC dba FuelWurks, 6413 N. State Route 9, Parkville, MO 64152, has applied for service and construction division membership. Adam Jackson is owner of the firm, which was established in 2012. The company does service and construction work for fueling stations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Monroe, Monroe & Monroe Insurance, Arlington, Texas.
manufacturing company. Innoplast, 10120
Gottschalk Parkway, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023, has applied for manufacturer
division membership. Brooke Long is sales and marketing manager for the
company, which was established in 2006. Innoplast manufactures products for
vehicle, facility and fuel pump protection, which are sold through
distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Joseph A. Zulewski, Universal
Valve Co., Inc., Elizabeth, New Jersey.
construction company. Cornerstone Petroleum
Equipment Ltd., 5 Boulder Blvd., Stony Plain, AB, T7Z 1V6, Canada, has
applied for service and construction division membership. Doug Morrison is
owner of the firm, which was established in 2016. Cornerstone Petroleum
Equipment specializes in fuel control and inventory management systems and
also designs and builds fueling facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Paul Nelson, R & D Marketing, Inc., Duvall, Washington.
Ireland distributor. TSG Ireland, Unit L1, Baldonnell Business Park, Baldonnell, Dublin 22, D22 H295, Ireland, has applied for distributor division membership. Paul Farren is general manager for the company, which was established in 1997. TSG Ireland supplies, installs and maintains fuel tanks, piping, dispensers, level gauges and forecourt control equipment, including point of sale (POS) and payment systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bill Reichhold, Dover Fueling Solutions, Austin, Texas.
software company. Aoniken Servicios IT S.A.,
Saavedra 39 7 B, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, B8000DDA, Argentina, has
applied for affiliate division membership. Marcelo Daniel Janez is
president of the firm, which was established in 2005. Aoniken Servicios IT
S.A. develops software for front office, back office and POS applications.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Sergio Navarro, Lihue Ingenieria S. A.,
Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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