October 22, 2019 | Vol. 69, No. 20
Dear PEI Member:
PEI has released a new edition of RP1200: Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities. The revised RP1200-19 adds detailed 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 testing of containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring at least once every three years. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accepts the hydrostatic testing method in Section 6.5 of RP1200 as sufficient to meet this requirement. For that test, the owner or operator must fill the sump with water to a depth of at least 4 inches above the sump's highest penetration or sidewall seam.
In June 2018, the EPA issued guidance on a low liquid level sump test method that also would be sufficient to meet its sump testing requirements. The new Section 6.6 in RP1200-19 provides recommended practices for such tests, including:
RP1200-19 also includes a new Appendix C-4-A containing a checklist to help owners and operators complete the Section 6.6 low liquid level test.
PEI thanks the members of the PEI Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee for their work on this important revision:
RP1200 Adds Low-Level Sump Test
PEI members may purchase RP1200-19 for $50 (nonmembers, $195).
DEVELOPING UST SYSTEM DATABASE
The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) hosted an Oct. 10 webinar to explain the new resource to state regulators. A recording of the one-hour webinar is available here. The EPA will make the database publicly available at a later date.
The supplemental proposal would base the volume of gasoline and diesel exempt from the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) on a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommendations. EPA will hold an Oct. 30 public hearing on the supplemental proposed rulemaking. Comments are due by Nov. 29.
OPENS COMMENT PERIOD ON AVIATION FUELING SYSTEM RP
Most recently revised in 2013, RP1300 provides recommendations to promote the proper design, construction and safe operation of aviation fueling systems; minimize the possibility of fueling system failure; avoid unnecessary costs; and minimize environmental impacts and hazards. The recommended practices are limited to aircraft fueling systems at aviation fuel provider facilities. They do not cover hydrant systems or ground equipment fueling systems.
To submit suggestions for improving RP1300, visit www.pei.org/rp1300 and click the “Comment Now” button. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Nov. 20 to be considered for the next edition.
PROTESTS GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT PROGRAM FAVORING AMAZON
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) directs the GSA to establish a program to help federal agencies procure commercial-off-the-shelf products (COTS) through e-commerce portals. An Oct. 1 GSA request for proposal contains specifications and requirements that can be met only by Amazon, thereby excluding other e-commerce providers from this lucrative market. In Oct. 17 letters to the DOJ and FTC, NAW stressed the importance of fostering competition and ensuring other e-commerce providers have an opportunity to compete in this process. For additional details, see NAW’s summary of the issue.
NAW is composed of distribution companies and line-of-trade associations, including PEI, that represent the $6.1 trillion wholesale distribution industry.
GOVERNORS BIOFUELS COALITION URGES EXECUTIVE ACTION
The Governors Biofuels Coalition includes 22 states that seek to provide regional and national leadership on ethanol policy.
OFFERS NEW EV CHARGING OPTIONS
In partnership with Amazon, Ford will install home charging stations able to fully charge a vehicle overnight. Every Ford EV also will come with a mobile charger that can be used in a 240-volt or 120-volt outlet.
In addition, partnerships with Electrify America and other charging networks will give Ford customers access to 12,000 charging stations across the U.S. The FordPass app also will allow drivers to find nearby charging stations and identify locations such as restaurants and stores where drivers can wait while their vehicles charge.
California service provider. DDS Environmental
Inc., 127 E. Arrow Highway, San Dimas, CA 91773, applied for service and
construction division membership. Douglas LaCount is president of the
company, which was established in June 2018. DDS Environmental provides UST
system construction and performs testing for lines, leak detection,
automatic tank gauges, sumps, spill buckets and Stage I and II vapor
recovery. Sponsored for PEI membership by Martin Hunt, Environmental
Laboratories Inc. Travelers Rest, South Carolina.
payment company. Sounds Payments, 12425 28th St.
N., St. Petersburg, FL 33716, applied for manufacturer division membership.
Ashlye Schlegel is sales/account executive for the firm, which was
established in 2016. Sound Payments is a technology company that creates
innovative solutions in the payments and financial services industries.
Sound Payments sells its products through distributors. Sponsored for PEI
membership by Mike Vegeais, Freedom Electronics LLC, Kennesaw, Georgia.
Illinois manufacturer. International Drying
Corp., 2510 Route 176, Suite G, Prairie Grove, IL 60014, applied for
manufacturer division membership. Arthur Stephens is the owner of the
company, which was established in 2001. International Drying Corp.
manufactures dryer systems for car washes. The company’s products are sold
through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Edward O’Hanrahan Jr.,
Coleman Hanna Carwash Systems, Largo, Florida.
Maryland service company. Dark Horse Enterprises Inc., 917 Beales Trail, Pasadena, MD 21122, applied for service and construction division membership. Justin Fortney is owner of the firm, which was established in 2014. Dark Horse Enterprises provides aboveground and underground petroleum services including installation, removal, upgrades and compliance. Sponsored for PEI membership by Tom Dion, Wildco PES, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Maryland service company. Optimal Tank Solutions, 610 Maybrook Drive, Huntingtown, MD 20639, applied for service and construction division membership. Matthew Vaughan is president of the firm, which was established in September 2018. Optimal Tank Solutions performs installation, service and removal of UST, aboveground storage tank (AST) and emergency generator fueling systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Galen C. Heaps, Petro Supply Inc., Elkridge, Maryland.
service provider. Relevant Fuel Solutions, 20120
E. Hardy Road, Houston, TX 77073, applied for service and construction
division membership. Derek DeShaw is global sales director for the company,
which was established in 2015. Relevant Fuel Solutions provides fuel and
tank quality management programs, products and services, as well as tank
cleaning, fuel polishing and permanent polishing solutions. Sponsored for
PEI membership by Ron Sickels, Advanced Fuel Services Inc., Gilroy,
Texas service and installation provider. LoneStar Fueling, 1550 Katy Gap Road, Unit 110, Katy, TX 77494, applied for service and construction division membership. David Igartua is the owner of the company, which was established in February 2018. LoneStar Fueling offers c-store fueling installation and services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard Long, RDM Industrial Electronics Inc., Nebo, North Carolina.
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