March 31, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 7
Editor’s Note: These are trying times.
Please know that PEI is standing with you — our members, industry colleagues
and friends — as you seek to navigate through the upheavals caused by
COVID-19. For a 3-minute video on what we are doing to help,
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ASTM International (ASTM) recently published a new standard for spill bucket and sump testing. The ASTM E3225-20 Standard Practice for Performing a Liquid Test of Spill Prevention Equipment and Containment Sumps Used for Interstitial Monitoring of Piping by Visual Examination method uses “the naked eye, alone or in conjunction with various aids such as portable lighting, camera, or mirrors” to determine the condition of the spill prevention equipment or sump.
Within days after the standard’s release, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that ASTM E3225-20 cannot be used to meet the spill prevention and sump testing requirements in 40 CFR 280.35. The federal regulation requires liquid, pressure or vacuum testing of spill prevention equipment and sumps, none of which are part of the ASTM E3225-20 visually based standard.
In a March 26 email to PEI and other members of the underground storage tank (UST) community, Carolyn Hoskinson, director of the EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) said:
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“If owners and operators follow this standard and do not perform the correct testing requirements, they will be in violation of the regulatory requirements, and subject to appropriate enforcement. I am personally very concerned that some in our community might get confused by this. Please help us in spreading the word that these procedures do not meet the requirements in 40 CFR § 280.35.”
To address the matter, EPA OUST added two questions and answers to the agency’s UST Technical Compendium about the 2015 UST Regulation. The first affirms owners and operators in states that have adopted the federal UST regulations cannot use the ASTM method to meet 40 CFR 280.35 testing requirements. The second says SPA (state program approval) states cannot use ASTM E3225-20 to meet their spill bucket and sump testing regulatory requirements.
LAUNCHES PEI INDUSTRY ALERTS
● March 23: Results of a March 16-18 COVID-19 PEI member survey
● March 25: Release of a Critical Authorization to Work and Travel Form to help employees document their exemption from COVID-19 curfews, shelter-in-place orders or other work restrictions.
In addition to COVID-19 matters, PEI Industry Alerts also will be used for other fast-moving industry developments.
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Relaxes Self-Fueling Restrictions
Stations that offer self-service fueling must have an on-duty attendant to enforce social distancing requirements and provide sanitation support to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
The complete order may be found here.
In the March 23 request, NACS, NATSO, the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA), the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America (SIGMA) and the Merchant Advisory Group said, “Even before the development of COVID-19, retailers were confronted with challenges in acquiring hardware and certified software and a shortage in available technicians for installation. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption in the workforce and supply chain.”
The letters asked the card companies to set a new deadline after the COVID-19 crisis passes.
EPA Announces Discretionary Enforcement Policy
● Act responsibly to minimize the effects and duration of any noncompliance;
● Identify the nature and dates of the noncompliance;
● Show the role COVID-19 played in any failure and the efforts taken to comply;
● Return to compliance as soon as possible; and
● Document all steps and information required above.
The policy applies in the 12 states that have adopted the federal UST regulations; however, the EPA also encouraged SPA jurisdictions to “take into account the safety and health of their inspectors and facility personnel and use discretion when making decisions to conduct routine inspections … .”
Washington Expedites Mobile Fueling Permits
Backers said the legislation will allow mobile fueling providers to respond more quickly to urgent local fueling needs created by COVID-19 disruptions.
Foundation Scholarship Application Deadline Extended
COVID-19: LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY DEVELOPMENTS
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The DOL also announced that the FFCRA will take effect April 1 and run through December 31. (Most legal analysts had calculated the effective date would be April 2.)
For more on the FFCRA, see the March 20 TulsaLetter.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
● Companies with fewer than 500 employees are eligible for Paycheck Protection Program loans, which may be used to cover payroll costs, group health care benefits, mortgage and business loan interest payments, rent and utilities. Paycheck Protection Program loans do not require a personal guarantee or collateral. Interest may not exceed 4%.
Borrowers may obtain forgiveness of up to the first eight weeks of loans. The loan forgiveness amounts will be reduced if the company lays off or reduces its employees’ pay.
Small Business Association (SBA)-certified banks, credit unions and other financial institutions will administer the program, which runs retroactively from Feb. 15 to June 30.
● Companies with more than 500 employees are eligible for loans under a separate Treasury Exchange Stabilization Fund. These loans are not forgivable and come with additional requirements related to executive compensation, employment levels and other terms the Secretary of the Treasury will establish within 10 days after passage of the CARES Act.
Illinois environmental company. Indigenous
Energy, P. O. Box 4550, Chicago, IL 60680, applied for service and
construction division membership. Pete Probst is director of research and
development for the firm, which was established in 2012. Indigenous Energy
is an environmental consulting provider. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Bobby Stenstrom, Stenstrom Petroleum Service Group, Rockford, Illinois.
Wisconsin manufacturer. Lannon Tank Co., 20134
Main St., Lannon, WI 53046, applied for manufacturer division membership.
Edgar Riteris is president of the company, which was established in 1957.
Lannon Tank Co. manufactures technology-based petroleum storage tanks, which
are sold primarily through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by
Bret Swan, Minnesota Petroleum Service Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Tennessee testing firm. ECT of Tennessee, 1261 Getwell Road, Memphis, TN 38111, applied for service and construction division membership. Hassan Najdawi is the owner of the company, which was established in 2014. ECT of Tennessee performs compliance testing services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Amin Mohammed, Environmental Compliance Technologies LLC, North Royalton, Ohio.
Illinois contractor. Cat Builders USA Inc., 522
E. Dundee Road, Palatine, IL 60074, applied for service and construction
division membership. Jan Kopytek is president of the firm, which was
established in 2009. Cat Builders USA Inc. performs tank removals and
installations. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North
America, Addison, Illinois.
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