No. 2: Protect the Environment
Careless or insufficiently planned closures
can lead to spills and releases. To minimize these risks, RP1700 details how
to protect the environment during closure and reduce the risk of future
tank closures, contractors often discover existing soil or water
contamination caused by a previous release. RP1700 recommends that
preclosure plans assess this risk and include steps to mitigate damage if
previously unknown contamination is uncovered.
in place requires additional precautions to prevent future releases,
including removing the vent line, capping or plugging piping and fittings
that cannot be accessed, and filling the tank with a solid, inert material.
the members of the PEI Tank Closure Committee for the dedication and
expertise they committed to this project:
Alex Ralston, POE, Petcon, Inc., Jackson, Mississippi (chair)
Carl E. Bayliss, II, B C & C LLC, Winchester, Virginia
Danny Brevard, Accent Environmental Services Inc., Lufkin, Texas
Todd Darrough, QuikTrip Corp., Tulsa, Oklahoma
Ron Kingsbury, UST Services Corp., Owings, Maryland
Marshall D. Ryan, Unified Services of Texas Inc., Southlake, Texas
Steve Stookey, The Wills Group, La Plata, Maryland
Steve Thickstun, Advanced Fuel Systems Inc., Columbus, Ohio
Michael C. Williams, Crompco, LLC, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
Tina Smith, JD2 Environmental Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania
(consultant to the committee).
more about RP1700, see the document’s table of contents and purchase your
copy, visit www.pei.org/rp1700. PEI
recommended practices are $40 for PEI members and regulators, $95 for
FINALIZES RENEWABLE FUEL VOLUMES
On Nov. 30, the EPA finalized 2019 volume requirements under the Renewable
Fuel Standard (RFS) for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced
biofuel and total renewable fuel, as well as biodiesel volume requirements
billion gallons of total renewable fuels mandated for 2019 is a 630
million-gallon increase over 2018 and a 4 million-gallon increase over the
agency’s June proposal. The 2020 biodiesel requirement of 2.43 billion
gallons is 330 million gallons up from 2018. A table listing volume
requirements for individual renewable fuel categories is available on the
Colorado. Colorado’s Air Quality Control
Commission voted unanimously to adopt California’s stringent low-emission
vehicle (LEV) standards, rather than the federal emission standards
established under the Clean Air Act. Colorado joins Pennsylvania and
Washington in accepting California’s LEV standards.
Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources scheduled a
series of four December workshops for UST and AST contractors, installers,
operators and owners. The workshops will discuss the state’s new UST rules,
corrosion issues, common UST and AST inspection problems, venting, air
pollution and more. The sessions will be held Dec. 11 in Cape Girardeau,
Dec. 12 in St. Louis, Dec. 13 in Springfield and Dec. 14 in Kansas City. For
more information, contact Darryl Slade at
Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Secretary of
Energy and Environment, and Department of Transportation announced $3.1
million in grants for the purchase, installation and operation of publicly
accessible charging stations. The ChargeOK Grant Program is funded by the
state’s Volkswagen State Environmental Trust.
FUNDS UST REPAIR IN PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS
The EPA will invest $3.95 million to investigate
and repair UST damage in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by
Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The effort, which is designed to protect public
health and the environment, will be conducted in partnership with the Puerto
Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources and the U.S. Virgin
Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources. Puerto Rico will
receive $3.5 million of the total funding, with the remaining $450,000 going
to the U.S. Virgin Islands.
On Nov. 28, a federal court in Ohio sentenced 10
individuals convicted of gasoline dispenser credit-card skimmer fraud.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio,
the defendants installed skimmers in Ohio, Colorado, Maryland and Utah
between Aug. 2014 and July 2017. The defendants then used information
obtained from the skimmers to make and use counterfeit credit cards.
Sentences ranged from six to 81 months.
AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES PETROLEUM CONTRACTOR TRAINING STANDARDS
The Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association (ACAPMA) is
working with the Australian Industry Standards organization to develop
training standards for petroleum industry contractors. As the first step in
the process, ACAPMA is writing a business case for the standards, which it
intends to present to the Australian Industry Skills Council by April 2019.
If the business case is accepted, development of training modules will begin
shortly thereafter, with the first modules available to the industry
sometime in 2020.
Caliber Professional Sales Services made Melissa
Henley a partner in the firm. Henley has been with Caliber since its 2014
LSI Industries appointed Terry Bair vice president of channel sales.
Bair will use his more than 30 years of lighting industry experience in
LSI’s commercial, industrial, renovation and stock-and-flow channels.
“India’s state-run oil marketing companies – Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat
Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation – have opened up
bids for petrol station dealerships at 55,659
locations across the country … . For the first time in four years the
government has allowed state-run retailers to expand their business in an
operation that could double their current network over the next five years,
according to the Financial Express.”—PetrolPlaza, Nov. 26, 2018
“White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Monday the United
States wants to end subsidies for electric cars and other items
including renewable energy sources. Asked about actions planned after
General Motors announced U.S. plant closings and layoffs last week, Kudlow
said he expected subsidies for buying electric cars will end in 2020 or
2021.”—Reuters, Dec. 3, 2018
“Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, and Volkswagen, the German car
manufacturer, have partnered to develop an electric vehicle charging network
in the U.K., Reuters reports. Under the agreement, Tesco and Volkswagen
will roll out more than 2,400 electric vehicle charging bays across 600
Tesco stores over the next three years. … The plan would boost the number of
public charging stations in Britain by 14%.”—convenience.org, Dec. 3,
“Volkswagen's strategy chief said on Tuesday the German carmaker's core
brand will develop its final generation of vehicles using combustion engine
technology in 2026. Volkswagen made a strategy shift toward
battery-driven vehicles in the wake of a damaging diesel-emissions cheating
scandal in 2015, which forced the carmaker to pay more than 27 billion euros
in fines for hiding excessive pollution.”—autoblog.com, Dec. 4, 2018
Chilean distributor. Petroline, Caletera Poniente
Autopista del Sol, KM 28.5, Penaflor, Santiago, Chile, applied for
distributor division membership. Juan Valenzuela is business and operations
manager for the company, which was established in 2011. Petroline
specializes in fueling equipment for service stations, and AST equipment
for fuels, lubricants and additives. Sponsored for PEI membership by Giulio
Guastalli, Emiliana Serbatoi SRL, Campogalliano, Modena, Italy.
construction company. Hou Ip Engineering Co.
Ltd., Rua, De S. Paulo No. 60, Edf, Kou Heng Kok, 1A, Macau, has applied for
service and construction division membership. Simon Man Lao Leong is owner
and general manager of the firm, which was established in 2017. Hou Ip
Engineering Co. Ltd. performs construction services for petrol stations, LPG
systems and petroleum trucks. Sponsored for PEI membership by Joseph Liu,
Windex Industrial Equipment & Engineering Co., Ltd., Aberdeen, Hong Kong.
ADMITTED TO PEI
Petroleum Equipment of Boise LLC, Boise, Idaho (distributor)
Works, East Butler, Pennsylvania (service and construction)
Industrial Marketing, Metro Manila, Philippines (service and construction)
Colombia SAS, Funza, Cundinamarca, Colombia (distributor)
Inc., Saginaw, Texas (affiliate)
Enviro Machine LLC, Schenectady, New York (affiliate)