August 1, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 15
Dear PEI Member:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has denied requests by the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), the National Association of Truck Store Operators (NATSO), the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), 25 U.S. senators and 20 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to delay by six years the Oct. 13 federal deadline for initial testing of sumps, spill buckets and overfill prevention devices. (See June 29, 2018 TL).
The parties requesting the delay had questioned the feasibility of the testing and inspection requirements in the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations and the availability of qualified contractors to complete the work before the deadline.
In its July 24 determination letters, the EPA said it had concluded a six-year extension of the deadline “could unintentionally do more harm than good.” The agency noted that the testing and inspection requirements in the 2015 regulations focus on the components most likely to leak or fail to detect a leak. The requested delay, therefore, “could result in releases not being identified and addressed for many years, which ultimately could result in unnecessary environmental damage and more expensive cleanup costs.”
Other factors mentioned by the EPA in support of its decision not to extend the deadline include:
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The EPA closed its decision letters by encouraging tank owners not to wait until the last minute to arrange for testing and inspection. The agency also acknowledged that if the required tests and inspections uncover equipment failures that must be corrected, owners may require additional time to complete necessary repairs and upgrades. Accordingly, the EPA will consider the good faith efforts of diligent owners when deciding if and how to respond to a violation.
NCWM ANNUAL MEETING REPORT
Retail Fuel Receipts. Voters at the annual meeting approved a proposal that all retail fuel receipts identify the dispenser “by either an alpha or numeric description.” A few regulators objected to the lack of an exception for facilities having only one dispenser, but the final vote approved the measure as written.
E15 Dispenser Labeling. Also approved was a measure to clarify labeling requirements on E15 dispensers. The cause of the confusion? Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines consider E15 a flex fuel, while the EPA classifies it as a gasoline blend. The measure approved in Tulsa will require E15 dispenser labels to comply with both the FTC and EPA labeling guidelines.
Skimmers. The ongoing problem of credit card skimmers was a major topic of discussion in Tulsa. Weights and measures officials across the country are struggling with how best to deal with the growing number and complexity of skimming incidents. Although NCWM is considering various regulatory responses, training regulators to spot compromised dispensers and disable various types of skimmers is the most likely future action.
Uniform Fuels and Lubricants Table. A massive update to the Uniform Fuels and Lubricants Table in Handbook 130 added a definition for alternative fuels, resolved internal inconsistencies and made other changes necessary to align this reference tool with federal laws, regulations and other industry codes.
The 2019 NCWM interim meeting will be Jan. 13-16, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina.
PEI CONVENTION SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
OVERHAUL OF HIGHWAY FUNDING PROPOSED
Notably, Shuster’s proposal would eliminate fuel taxes altogether in 2028. At that point, a “vehicle miles traveled tax” (VMT) would replace fuel taxes as the primary revenue source for the federal Highway Trust Fund.
Although several states have boosted their fuel taxes in recent years (eight states so far in 2018 alone), federal gasoline and diesel taxes have been static for the past 25 years. Even so, few observers expect immediate action on the politically risky proposal in this election year.
DEQ REQUESTS COMMENTS ON UST RULE FRAMEWORK
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the document to USTRule@azdeq.gov by Aug. 8. Stakeholder input on the guiding principles will assist ADEQ as it develops the state’s new UST rules.
Alaskan manufacturer representative. duAlaska Inc., 6706 Greenwood, Anchorage, AK 99518, has applied for Affiliate Division membership. Ernest Dummann is president of the firm, which was established in 1959. duAlaska Inc. is a manufacturer representative of industrial heating equipment and controls. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ellis Smith, Ace Supply, Inc., dba Alaska Petroleum Equipment, Anchorage, Alaska.
Minnesotan car wash affiliate. XpresSystems Inc.,
407 4th Ave. SW, New Prague, MN 55372, has applied for Affiliate Division
membership. Sandi Gustafson is administrator for the company, which was
established in 2006. XpresSystems Inc. manufactures RFID entry systems for
car washes. Sponsored for PEI membership by Mark Tentis, PDQ Manufacturing,
Inc., De Pere, Wisconsin.
Missouri service company. Show Me Petroleum Equipment Co., 3440 W. Division St., Suite G, Springfield, MO 65802, has applied for Service and Construction Division membership. Tony Wilson is owner of the company, which was established in 2016. Show Me Petroleum Equipment sells, services and installs fueling equipment, storage tanks and point-of-sale systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Jodi Solomon, Seneca Companies, Des Moines, Iowa.
environmental service firm. Oklahoma
Environmental Services, 4415 N. Classen Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK 73118, has
applied for Service and Construction Division membership. Deanna Atkinson is
president of the firm, which was established in 2002. Oklahoma Environmental
Services offers environmental consulting, vacuum extraction, soil and
groundwater sampling/remediation, real estate assessments, tank system
testing, excavation, tank removal and compliance management audits.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Alex Ralston, Petcon, Inc., Jackson,
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