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May 16, 2019 | Vol. 69, No. 10

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PEI today opened a 30-day comment period on draft revisions to RP1200: Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities. The proposed revisions add low liquid level containment sump testing procedures to Chapter 6: Spill Bucket and Containment Sump Testing.

The 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations require vacuum, pressure or hydrostatic testing of containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring at least once every three years to ensure the sumps are liquid-tight. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) deems the hydrostatic testing method in Section 6.5 of RP1200 sufficient to meet this regulatory requirement. Under the RP1200 method, the owner or operator fills the sump with water to a depth of at least 4 inches above the sump’s highest penetration or sidewall seam. The sump passes the test if the water level drops by less than 1/8 (0.125) inch after 1 hour. If the water level drops 1/8 (0.125)  inch or more, the sump fails.

In November 2017, the EPA outlined a package of requirements for a low liquid level sump test method sufficient to meet its sump testing requirements. In June 2018, the EPA issued additional guidance on one procedure for conducting low liquid level tests.

The draft RP1200 low level liquid test procedure submitted for public comment requires:

  • A liquid sensor configured to shut down the submersible turbine pump (STP) upon activation of the sensor;
  • Stand-alone sensors that would shut down the appropriate dispensing device; or
  • Mechanical float devices to shut down flow at the shear valve.

To review the draft revision and submit your comments, visit and click the “Comment Now” link. Comments must be submitted online by June 15, to be considered by the PEI Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee. PEI expects to publish the revised document by the end of summer. 

Three updated and revised PEI recommended practices are available for purchase. In addition to editing and reformatting to conform to current PEI style guidelines, each document reflects the input of public comments. Key changes in the documents are outlined below. Click the links to learn more and purchase your copy.

PEI/RP200-19: Recommended Practices for Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling

  • Adds language to address new National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requirements for aboveground tank labeling and identification.
  • Amends Section (Vertical Tanks) to address related NFPA updates.
  • Updates Table 14-2 single- and double-walled component testing procedures for horizontal tanks in response to a UL standard change.
  • Updates the Publication Reference Appendix and adds two new EPA documents on diesel storage tank corrosion.
Draft RP1200 Revisions Open for Comment

New RP200, RP300 and RP600 Available

PEI Convention Early Bird Ends May 29

California Clarifies UDC Requirements

Maine Rejects E15 Prohibition




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PEI/RP300-19: Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle Fueling Sites

  • Adds testing of the pressure/vacuum (PV) vent to the decommissioning process.
  • Amends the Appendix C Stage II Decommissioning Checklist to include the PV vent testing step.
  • Updates the Publication Reference Appendix.

PEI/RP600-18: Recommended Practices for Overfill Prevention for Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks

  • Changes all material safety data sheet (MSDS) references to safety data sheet (SDS).
  • Updates the Publication Reference Appendix.

Documents may be purchased in print format or as a downloadable PDF.

Less than two weeks remain to save with early bird registration for the 2019 PEI Convention at the NACS Show, Oct. 1-4 in Atlanta. Attendee registration through May 29 is $295 for PEI members and $495 for nonmembers. Additional group savings are also available through May 29. Rates increase to $445 for members and $645 for nonmembers on May 30.

Be watching for more details soon on this year’s educational program, which will include sessions on:

  • Aging UST Systems: What You Need to Know
  • Safety Essentials: Confined Spaces, Lock Out/Tag Out, Defensive Driving and Barricading
  • Brian Beaulieu’s 2019 Economic Update
  • Succession Planning: Doing It Right
  • Hiring & Retention in a Tight Labor Economy
  • The Future of Fueling: Mobile, Electric, Infrastructure and the Convenience Economy
  • Fuel System Compatibility and Compliance: What’s The Latest?
  • Connectivity and the Internet of Things

Visit the PEI Convention page for additional details and to register.

The California State Water Resources Board clarified on May 7 that unauthorized releases from product piping within a dispenser must be directed into secondary containment. All under-dispenser containment, including spill containment and control systems, also must comply with California secondary containment requirements.

Further, if an under-dispenser container, spill containment or control system could expose backfill material to an unauthorized release from dispenser product piping, a deflector plate must be installed to divert unauthorized releases into a monitored secondary containment. The State Water Resources Board will review all spill containment and control system devices to confirm compliance.

The complete May 7 clarification may be found here.

The Maine House of Representatives defeated a May 9 effort to override Gov. Janet Mills’ veto of legislation to ban the sale of motor vehicle fuels containing more than 10% ethanol.

A 2013 “contingent prohibition” of these blends remains on the books in Maine. Under that legislation, Maine would prohibit blends with more than 10% ethanol if at least two other New England states also ban the sale of such blends.

At present, no Maine retailers are selling E15. However, in a March 20 letter to Gov. Mills, Growth Energy stated, “Cumberland Farms, which has 43 locations in Maine, has committed to offering E15 at some of their store locations in the near future.”

D&H United Fueling Solutions hired Matt Jenkins as vice president of the company’s East region, comprised of Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio and other nearby markets. Jenkins has more than 15 years of industry experience with distributors and manufacturers.
Petroleum Solutions Inc. (PSI) announced a partnership with Acumera Inc. to deliver secure network solutions for convenience stores and fuel retailers. The initiative is designed to complement the roll out of EMV technology and other payment security solutions.

Theodore “Ted” Reinke, 88, died April 29, 2019. A Korean War veteran and Lehigh University graduate, Reinke’s petroleum equipment industry career spanned more than 40 years. In 1976, he co-founded TR2 Corp. with his son Tom. He remained president of TR2 until his 1997 retirement. Survivors include three sons: Tom (Diane), Michael, and Jason (Alison); seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. The family asks friends wishing to honor Ted to consider a memorial gift to Penn Medicine Hospice, c/o Penn Hospice Development Office, 3535 Market St, Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing the volume of biofuels refiners must blend into their fuel annually to 20.04 billion gallons in 2020, from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
The proposed mandate … includes 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels like ethanol, unchanged from 2019. It also includes 5.04 billion gallons of advanced biofuels, like those made from agricultural wastes, up from 4.92 billion in 2019, the sources said.”—Reuters, May 9, 2019
“In 2018, plug-in vehicles on the road displaced 323 million gallons of gasoline or about one quarter of a percent of all gasoline used in the United States.
Gasoline displacement from plug-in vehicles is about 42% more than it was in 2017 and about twice as much as it was in 2016.”—Department of Energy, May 13, 2019
“A measure that redefines and extends tax credits related to compressed natural gas vehicles and to the infrastructure used to keep them rolling cleared [Oklahoma] Gov. Kevin Stitt’s desk on Monday. The measure extends the availability of state tax credits from Jan. 1, 2020, to Dec. 31, 2027, but caps its maximum annual [e]ffect on the state’s budget at $20 million.”—The Oklahoman, May 7, 2019

Spain import/export company.
Newtoil S. A., Rumania, 5 (nave C-6), Alcala de Henares, Madrid 28802, Spain, has applied for Affiliate division membership. Javier Alvarez is business unit manager for the firm, which was established in 2009. Newtoil S. A. imports and exports equipment used for diesel filtration, conditioning and fuel monitoring management. Sponsored for PEI membership by Victor Garduno Demeneghi, Alvic, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico.

United Kingdom manufacturer. Pneumatic Components Ltd., Holbrook Rise, Holbrook Industrial Estate, Sheffield S203GE, UK, has applied for Manufacturer division membership. Jonathan Robinson is business development manager for the company, which was established in 1938. Pneumatic Components Ltd. manufactures tire inflation equipment and AdBlue dispensing equipment that is sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Meei Shyang Tan, Tital Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd., Subang Jaya, Selango, Malaysia.

EnergiSystems, LLC,
P. O. Box 51297, Billings, MT, 59105-1297, has requested transfer of its PEI membership from the Service and Construction division to the Distributor division. EnergiSystems LLC has been a PEI member since 2017. The company represents Dover Fueling Solutions, FuelMaster/Syn-Tech Systems, Inc., Husky Corporation, ZCL Composites/Xerxes Corporation, LSI Industries, PetroClear and Universal Valve Co., Inc.

Lihue Ingenieria S. A., J. Zufriategui 4645/4665 Villa Martelli, Vicente López, Buenos Aires B1603, Argentina, has requested transfer of its PEI membership from the Service and Construction division to the Distributor division. Lihue Ingenieria S. A. has been a PEI member since 2000. The company represents Dover Fueling Solutions and Franklin Fueling Systems.

McCon Building & Petroleum Services, 1001 Spinks Road, Ste 220, Flower Mound, TX 75028-4215, has requested transfer of its PEI membership from the Service and Construction division to the Distributor division. McCon Building & Petroleum Services has been a PEI member since 2001. The company represents Dover Fueling Solutions, FuelMaster/Syn-Tech Systems, Incon, Universal Valve Co., Inc., S. Bravo Systems, Inc., Emco Wheaton Retail Corp., NOV Fiberglass Systems, IRPCO, Piusi, LSI Industries, RDM Industrial Electronics, Inc. and PMP Corp.

Sein Maung Engineering Co., Ltd., Yadanar Road, Yangon, Thingangyun Township, Myanmar, has requested transfer of its PEI membership from the Service and Construction division to the Distributor division. Sein Maung Engineering Co., Ltd. has been a PEI member since 2017.The company represents Gilbarco Veeder-Root, Elaflex Latin America and NUPI Americas Inc.

IPT Akaryakit Mlz. Pet. Kim. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti., Bolgesi Turkmenistan Cad No:15, Sincan, 6930, Turkey has requested transfer of its PEI membership from the Affiliate division to the Manufacturer division. IPT Akaryakit Mlz. Pet. Kim. San. ve Tic. Ltd. Sti. has been a PEI member since 2006. The company manufactures pumps, meters, transfer sets, dispensers, separators, filter systems, hose reels and custom fuel systems designs that are sold through distributors.


  • Drake Kau, Aloha Petroleum Inc., Honolulu, HI (operations & engineering)
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