Dear PEI Member:
Under 40 CFR 280,
underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators must demonstrate the
ability to pay for cleanup or damage to third parties in the event of a
release. Thirty-six states help their owners and operators meet these
requirements, in whole or in part, through financial assurance funds.
year, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management
Officials (ASTSWMO), in cooperation with the Vermont Department of
Environmental Conservation, conducts a survey of these 36 state funds. The
2018 ASTSWMO survey contains
downloadable tables summarizing participating states’ funding mechanisms,
activities and cost-control measures.
survey shows that total annual revenue and fund balances grew during the
year. Outstanding claims, however, grew even faster — from $246.37 million
to $360.81 million. In four states — Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia and
Washington (heating oil only) — outstanding claims exceed the state fund
balance. In 2017, only two states had negative balances.
number of sites covered
in which claims exceed fund balance
2018 State UST Fund Survey
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Colorado and Utah have initiated programs to help owners and operators with
the costs of tank removals and replacements. State assistance programs will
be particularly helpful during the next 10 years as tanks installed in
response to the 1988 federal UST regulations reach the end of their 30-year
the “Aging UST Systems: What You Need to Know” session at the
2019 PEI Convention (Oct. 1-4 in
Atlanta) to learn more about the United States’ UST infrastructure. A panel
of regulators and insurance carriers will provide data and perspectives to
help you and your customers make sound tank replacement decisions.
EXPANDS PRIORITY CLUB
PEI members are invited to apply for membership
in the new, three-tiered
2020 PEI Priority Club. Each tier is
restricted to 20 members on a first-come, first-served basis.
Silver and Bronze levels provide three distinct benefit options. To reserve
Priority Club fees
will be invoiced this fall during the regular PEI membership dues renewal
information, contact PEI Advertising Director Tom Leibrandt at
email@example.com or 918-236-3962.
The National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM)
held its annual meeting July 14-18 in Milwaukee. Six actions were of
particular interest to PEI members:
- Dispenser Security.
The Specifications and Tolerances Committee’s Skimmer Task Group proposed
a requirement that fuel dispensers be secured to prevent unauthorized
- A physical lock, locking device or
physical securing device;
- Electronic alarming or disabling
of the equipment;
- Advanced payment acceptance
- Another alternative approved by
local or state weights and measures authorities.
may be voted on at the 2020 NCWM annual meeting.
- Dispenser Timeout.
NCWM delegates approved a 2-minute timeout on all retail
dispensers for mass-flow, hydrogen and electric vehicle (EV) metered
- Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF).
Handbook 44 was amended to clarify that DEF dispensers are subject to the
same provisions as motor fuel dispensers.
- Single-Product Dispenser Tickets.
NCWM exempted retail fueling sites with only one dispenser for each
product from the requirement that printed tickets display the dispenser
- Premium Diesel Requirements.
NCWM approved minimum cetane, temperature
operability, lubricity, corrosion, filter blocking and injector deposit
control criteria for diesel fuel designated as “premium” or identified
with another term in the product or grade name that implies its properties
exceed the minimum specification limits.
Year-Round E15 Sales. Handbook 130 was amended
to allow the year-round sale of E15. This change aligns with the
May 31 EPA rulemaking that granted
ethanol blends of up to 15% a 1-pound Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) waiver
from June 1 to Sept. 15. (See
June 19, 2019 TL.)
California. Honda, Ford, Volkswagen and BMW
agreed to increase the fuel efficiency of autos sold in the state through
2026. The voluntary action counteracts a Trump administration proposal to
roll back stringent Obama administration mileage requirements.
Colorado. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the
Association of Global Automakers accepted proposed Colorado mandates for the
sale of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) beginning in 2023. Colorado’s Air
Quality Control Commission will consider the proposal at an Aug. 13-16
Florida. Florida will install EV charging stations at all Florida
Turnpike service plazas and along other major highways by 2020. Funding for
the $25 million project will come from the state’s $166 million share of the
Volkswagen emissions settlement.
New York. On July 24, the New York Department of Agriculture and
Markets opened a 60-day public comment period on a proposal to allow E15
sales in the state.
Oklahoma. The state’s new Petroleum Storage Tank Rules took effect
Aug. 1, and may be found on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Virginia. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is
seeking input on two draft guidance documents:
New Underground Storage Tank (UST) Requirements
Effective January 1, 2021, and
Investigating and Reporting Suspected Releases
indicated by Monitoring Results. Interested parties must submit
firstname.lastname@example.org by Aug. 10.
Bob Young, PEI’s director of industry relations,
will retire from full-time employment with the association on Aug. 15, after
30 years of service. Through his leadership of the 10-Group program,
management of recommended practice committees and service to NACS Show
exhibitors, Bob has made tremendous contributions to PEI and the industry.
All PEI members and friends are invited to join in a tribute to Bob
Thursday, Oct. 3, during the PEI Industry Reception at the
2019 PEI Convention. Although
retiring from full-time employment, Bob will continue working with PEI on a
contract basis through June 2020. He can be reached at
Julie Shank joined PEI as marketing and events manager Aug. 1. Most
recently, Julie was manager of regional marketing for Bell Helicopter, a
major aerospace manufacturer based in Fort Worth, Texas. From 2011 to 2017,
she worked with Dallas-based Freeman and FreemanXP, including roles as
senior brand marketing manager, client solutions manager and convention
manager. In her new role, Julie will lead the association’s marketing
efforts, support exhibitors at the NACS Show and guide plans for PEI
conferences and events. Julie can be reached at
email@example.com or 918-236-3965.
S. Bravo Systems will locate its East Coast
manufacturing operations in Lexington, Tennessee, according to an
announcement by Bravo executives, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, and Department of
Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. The company plans
to invest $2.8 million and create more than 80 jobs during the next three
Jones & Frank named Kurt Witzgall senior vice president of sales
and marketing, effective Sept 2. Witzgall has a degree in economics with a
minor in math from the College of William and Mary. He will be based at the
Jones & Frank corporate headquarters in Morrisville, North Carolina.
Leighton O’Brien appointed Patrick Ramsden chief operating
officer and an executive director of the company. Ramsden has more than 30
years’ experience in executive management and information technology
strategy. Most recently, he was chief information officer for Swinburne
University of Technology.
“Oil giant BP is investing in tech that will fully charge an electric
vehicle in five minutes by 2021, according to
BloombergNEF. BP is currently spending $200m a year on new ventures ‘largely
in the low-carbon space,’ says David Eyton, head of technology at BP. Last
year, BP bought UK company Chargemaster for $US170 million and invested
about $US20m in Israeli battery startup, StoreDot.” — Stockhead, July
“Sales of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) in Canada in the first half of
2019 rose 30% from the same period last year, the government said
Thursday, attributing the jump to an increase in federal tax incentives. ...
Battery-electric, hydrogen fuel cell and longer range plug-in hybrid
vehicles are eligible for up to C$5,000, while short range plug-in ZEVs
qualify for $2,500.” — Oil Express Alert, Aug. 1, 2019
Oklahoma distributor. Petroleum Line and Tank, 10202 N. Cincinnati
Ave., Sperry, OK 74073, applied for distributor division membership. Imran
Khalid is office manager for the company, which was established in 2015.
Petroleum Line and Tank provides tank testing, line testing and cathodic
protection testing, as well as petroleum equipment sales and service.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Bob Chase, Bennett Pump Co., Norton Shores,
service provider. Your Environmental Specialist,
3424 Nederland Avenue, Nederland, TX 77627, applied for service and
construction division membership. Javed Surani is the owner of the company,
which was established in 2018. Your Environmental Specialist provides UST
compliance services, including inspections and testing of line and leak
detectors, vapor recovery equipment, sump integrity and spill buckets.
Sponsored for PEI membership by Chris Monroe, Monroe & Monroe Insurance,
ADMITTED TO PEI
Mozika Inc., Cleveland, Ohio (service and construction)
Ultra Tank Services Inc., Bellingham, Washington (service and
Motopac Corp., Bayamon, Puerto Rico (distributor)
UltraTech International Inc., Jacksonville, Florida (manufacturer)
Greg Goode, Comcast, Sunrise, Florida (operations and engineering)
Jeremy Templin, The Kroger Company, Denver, Colorado (operations &