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December 19, 2019 | Vol. 69, No. 24

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Dear PEI Member:

PEI wishes our members and friends all the joy of this special Season and a prosperous New Year. The PEI staff is pictured above with toys we donated this week to James Mission, a nonprofit that serves orphans, widows and foster children in the Tulsa area.

PEI is seeking comments on PEI/RP700: Recommended Practices for the Design and Maintenance of Fluid-Distribution Systems at Vehicle Maintenance Facilities.

Most recently revised in 2014, RP700 covers centralized distribution facilities for vehicle-related fluids, including: lubrication oil, gear oil, transmission fluid, hydraulic fluid, grease, antifreeze and windshield washer fluid. Recommendations address supply containers (tanks, drums, pails), piping, tubing, pumps, compressors, hoses, reels, nozzles and other equipment typically used in these systems.

To submit your suggestions for improving RP700, visit and click the “Comment Now” button. Comments must be submitted by Wednesday, Jan. 22, to be considered for the next edition.

A $1.3 trillion spending package passed Dec. 17 by the U.S. House of Representatives and today by the U.S. Senate retroactively renews and extends the $1 per gallon biodiesel tax credit through 2022.

Despite intense lobbying by Tesla and General Motors, the final bill did not extend or expand the tax credits for electric vehicle (EV) purchases. Both companies’ EV credits will expire within the next few months.

President Trump is expected to sign the bill by midnight, Dec. 20, the deadline to avoid a partial government shutdown. 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized 2020 volume requirements for cellulosic biofuel, advanced biofuel and total renewable fuel, as well as 2021 biomass-based diesel volume standards. The final rule increases total 2020 renewable fuel volume from 19.92 billion gallons to 20.04 billion gallons, as the EPA proposed in July. (See July 23, 2019 TL.) However, the final 590 million gallon cellulosic biofuel requirement for 2020 is a slight increase from the 540 million gallons proposed in July. The EPA set 2021 biomass-based diesel requirements at 2.43 billion gallons.

The PEI Foundation is accepting Charles D. Kemp Scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Merry Christmas from PEI

Comments Open on RP700

Biodiesel Tax Credit Renewed

EPA Finalizes 2020 Renewable Fuel Volumes

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Each scholarship applicant must be a dependent of a full-time employee of a member company in PEI’s manufacturer, distributor, service and construction, or affiliate divisions. The applicant also must plan to enroll as a full-time freshman for the 2020-2021 academic year at an accredited four-year college or university. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership, character, need and the applicant’s intent to contribute to the future of the fuel and fluid handling equipment industry.

To learn more or download the scholarship guidelines and application form, visit The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

The State Water Resources Control Board approved regulations allowing fuel wholesalers and retailers to store up to 20% biodiesel blends in underground storage tanks (USTs), effective Jan. 1. Current regulations permit the storage of only 5% biodiesel blends.
Michigan. Ford Motor Co. will invest nearly $1.5 billion and add 3,000 jobs to produce electric pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles and to develop autonomous vehicle technology at two Michigan plants.
Missouri. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued guidance to help UST owners and operators correctly respond to “pass,” “fail” and “inclusive” reports from certified third-party statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR) providers. For details, contact Darryl Slade, Environmental Remediation Program, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102, or (573) 751-7877.
Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) a $1.3 million grant to support UST leak detection and prevention programs.

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc.
announced the sale of Boulden Inc.’s propane distribution business to Sharp Energy, Inc., a Delaware-based subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corp.
PMP Corp.
promoted Mike Davis to vice president of sales. Davis, who joined PMP in 2015, will direct PMP’s sales efforts as the company enters its 70th year of supplying remanufactured and aftermarket parts to the fuel handling and convenience industries.
Petro Towery announced three leadership appointments: founder Tom Fassas is now the company’s CEO; longtime management team member Oliver Welch stepped up from vice president to president; Amber Reed is the new vice president.
Tanknology Inc. announced the opening of a new Southeast regional office in Montgomery, Alabama. Eddie Campbell, regional vice president, will lead the Montgomery team.

Virginia imaging company.
Total Image Solutions, 196 Theater Road, South Hill, VA 23970, applied for service and construction division membership. Jason Dawson is the owner of the firm, which was established in 2011. Total Image Solutions provides turnkey image conversions, lighting repair and image upgrades. Sponsored for PEI membership by Nathan McQuillen, SMART Software, Effingham, Illinois.

Arkansas compliance company. DATZ UST Management LLC, 16 W. Rockwood Drive, Conway, AR 72034, applied for service and construction division membership. David McKamie is the owner of the firm, which was established in 2013. DATZ UST Management performs full design, installation, testing, inspection and compliance management services for USTs, line and leak detection, helium leak detection, Stage I vapor recovery, secondary containment and cathodic protection. Sponsored for PEI membership by Alex Ralston, Petcon Inc., Jackson, Mississippi.

California manufacturer. The Site Controller LLC, 1296 Magnolia Ave., Corona, CA 92879, applied for manufacturer division membership. David Millhollon is general manager of the company, which was established in 2012. The Site Controller LLC manufactures fuel site controllers and card reader equipment for the industry, which are sold primarily through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by B.A. Scowley, Shields, Harper & Co. Inc., Martinez, California.

Virginia manufacturer. Atlantic Containment, P.O. Box 335, McGaheysville, VA 22840, applied for manufacturer division membership. Lisa Hopkins is president of the firm, which was established in 2013. Atlantic Containment manufactures steel aboveground storage tanks, which are sold primarily through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Galen Heaps, Petro Supply Inc., Elkridge, Maryland.

Texas affiliate. Green Petroleum Equipment, 8600 Cedarspur Drive, Houston, TX 77055, applied for affiliate division membership. Jean-Michel del Amo is president of the company, which was established in 2008. Green Petroleum Equipment is a manufacturer's representative offering petroleum equipment for the industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Bryan Klingler, Diversified Products, Oroville, California.

Colorado service company. InterMountain Inc., 4743 Westbury Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80526, applied for service and construction division membership. Thomas Pogue is president of the firm, which was established in 1999. InterMountain Inc. is a service and construction contractor for the industry. Sponsored for PEI membership by Craig Hoyer, Kubat Equipment & Service Co., Denver, Colorado.


  • Ellis Rodriguez, O’Rourke Distributing Co., Houston, Texas (operations & engineering)
  • Integrity Trailers, Nunica, Michigan (affiliate)
  • Eastern Fuel Systems Inc., Mooresville, North Carolina (service and construction)
  • Washify Services LLC, West Roxbury, Massachusetts (manufacturer)
  • GCM Transports S. A., Coral Gables, Florida, (service and construction)
  • Guangzhou Leared Automatic Equipment Co. Ltd., Guangzhou City, China (manufacturer)
  • Infinity Capital Partners, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (affiliate)
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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Richard C. Long, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.