September 19, 2018 | Vol. 68, No. 18
Dear PEI Member:
PEI staff members recently returned from the 26th National Tanks Conference & Exposition. The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) hosted the event Sept. 11-13 in Louisville, Kentucky. Federal and state regulators, manufacturers, environmental firms, fuel marketers, testing companies and industry associations attended the conference to learn what stakeholders are thinking about, what they are talking about and what may be ahead. Here are the highlights of what we heard.
Sump Testing. State regulators continue to wrestle with sump testing options. The hydrostatic testing method recommended in PEI/RP1200: Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities and endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations is or will be recognized in most states. When alternative low-water-level test methods are allowed, they often are subject to requirements beyond those in the technical compendium accompanying the 2015 federal rule. New Mexico, for example, allows low-water-level testing in only limited circumstances. The PEI/RP1200 hydrostatic test must be used at the time of sump installation and on every fourth three-year inspection (i.e., every 12 years). States also are implementing penalties for owners and operators who inappropriately tamper with the sensor used in low-level sump testing.
Aging UST Systems. Regulators are growing more concerned about the risks associated with tanks that have reached the end of their 30-year warranty. Several regulators and industry professionals wanted to discuss a suggestion PEI made recently in the PEI Journal and the L.U.S.T.Line: namely, that states should work together closely to compile and aggregate data on their UST systems. Comparable data on tank age, type and the frequency and source of failures nationwide would increase the industry’s understanding of the risks associated with older tanks—and encourage better strategies for reducing those risks.
Internal Corrosion. Every regulator we spoke with reported increased internal corrosion in gasoline and diesel UST systems. One conference presenter emphasized how temperatures above 76 degrees can accelerate the bacterial growth that is behind most corrosion. Expect more studies on the correlation between temperature and corrosion.
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Emergency Generator Day Tanks. These tanks are gaining greater regulatory attention as their numbers increase and their risks become more apparent. In many cases, day tanks have no secondary containment, no overfill protection, are filled automatically and lack adequate venting. We expect increased state regulation of day tanks in the future, including greater reliance on the procedures in PEI/RP1400: Recommended Practices for the Design and Installation of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators.
Recommended Practices. PEI’s recommended practices were mentioned frequently in conference education sessions. In conversations with PEI staff, attendees also offered suggestions for future recommended practices or for new content in existing PEI documents, including additional sump testing protocols; procedures for the design and installation of high-throughput facilities; incorporation of stormwater management practices into fueling facility design; and more guidance on reducing and managing water intrusion into UST systems.
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All About Business. Interested in strategies to build your business? Start with Herb Meyer's Kick-Off Keynote on Monday, Oct. 8, “A Global Intelligence Briefing for PEI Members” ($30 ticket required). Among his many credentials, Meyer is a recipient of the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.
Next, consider these business-oriented Monday choices:
Start off Tuesday, Oct. 9, by attending the PEI Membership Breakfast and Meeting for the annual State of the Industry address, featuring insights and analysis from PEI Executive Vice President Rick Long. Then, check out two other business sessions:
Industry Matters. If you are more interested in the technical side of the industry, this year’s program has plenty of options for you:
The Convention also offers a full track in Spanish for Latin American attendees on Monday, as well as several other sessions that will be simultaneously translated into Spanish.
Warm summer temperatures cause fuels to evaporate and increase ground-level ozone. To reduce this effect, the Clean Air Act restricts summertime sales of highly volatile fuels, as measured by Reid vapor pressure (RVP). In most jurisdictions, the allowable summertime RVP for non-flex fuel vehicles is 9 psi. E15 has an RVP closer to 10 psi.
Ethanol advocacy groups are continuing their pursuit of a regulatory waiver that would allow year-round E15 sales.
The Fuels Institute, in conjunction with Stratas Advisors, will present a free webinar on the likely implications of the proposed standards at 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 25. Will consumers change their vehicle purchasing habits and fuel consumption? How will vehicle manufacturers respond? What might the proposed changes mean for your business?
Under previous law, prosecutors had to prove a skimming defendant’s intent to defraud. The new legislation makes the act of placing a skimming device on a fuel dispenser or ATM a crime. The state no longer has to prove intent. The law also makes possession or sale of a skimming device a crime. First-time violators will be charged with a third-degree felony. Repeat offenders will face second-degree felony charges.
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