December 17, 2020 | Vol. 70, No. 25

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Dear PEI Member:

Fifteen more PEI members have joined the 2021 PEI Priority Club, bringing total 2021 commitments to 27 companies, as of press time. (See Dec. 3 TulsaLetter.)

The new additions are:





Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

EPA to Launch E15 Label Rulemaking

UL Seeks Technical Volunteers





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Priority Club members receive special recognition, discounts and benefits throughout the year. Companies that join the Priority Club by Jan. 15 also gain early booth selection for the 2021 NACS Show.

To learn more about Priority Club membership, email Tom Leibrandt.

Download the 2021 Priority Club application here.

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) calendar suggests the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) soon will publish notice of a proposed rulemaking on E15 retail dispenser labels.

The Dec. 9 OMB notice states, “In this action, EPA co-proposes two actions regarding the E15 label requirement. First, EPA proposes to modify the text and color of the E15 label. Second, EPA proposes to remove the E15 label requirement entirely. This action also proposes changes to our underground storage tank (UST) compatibility demonstration requirements that would help enable use of E15 and higher level ethanol blends.”

The OMB notice included no timetable for the rulemaking.

UL is seeking volunteers for the standards technical panel (STP) responsible for UL 79: Power-Operated Pumps for Petroleum Dispensing Products. In particular, UL needs panel members from the following interest categories:

  • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Commercial/Industrial User
  • Consumer
  • General
  • Government
  • Supply Chain
  • Testing & Standards

To apply, complete the UL STP Application.

“CHS Inc. will allow the sale of E15 at all of its Cenex branded retail fuel stations
starting Jan. 1, the company has told station owners. ... Retailers that decide to offer E15 as one of its two required grades of gasoline ... must also offer an 87, 89, 91 or 93 octane product, given that the fuel is not compatible with model year 2000 and earlier vehicles nor is it ‘suitable for use in small engines.’” — Oil Express Alert, Dec. 9

“Toyota hopes to be the first automaker to launch an electric car with solid-state batteries, aiming to unveil a prototype next year, ahead of a production launch relatively soon after that, Nikkei Asia reported Thursday. The automaker expects electric cars powered by solid-state batteries to have more than twice the range of vehicles using current lithium-ion battery chemistry, with the ability to fully recharge in just 10 minutes, according to the report, which also said Toyota has over 1,000 patents related to solid-state batteries.” — Green Car Reports, Dec. 13

“The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved a plan today that will invest up to $115 million to increase significantly the number of fueling stations in the state that support hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). … Under the plan, up to 111 new hydrogen fueling stations will be built in the state by 2027, including many designed for multi-use by passenger vehicles, trucks and buses. ... To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with an additional 16 under construction.” — Green Car Congress, Dec. 10

“GM recently gave Cadillac dealers a choice: Accept a buyout offer to exit from the brand or spend roughly $200,000 on dealership upgrades — including charging stations and repair tools — to get their stores ready to sell electric vehicles … . The buyout offers ranged from around $300,000 to more than $1 million …  About 17% of Cadillac’s 880 U.S. dealerships agreed to take the offer to end their franchise agreements for the luxury brand ....” Wall Street Journal, Dec. 4

JF Petroleum Group
opened a service branch and distribution warehouse in Columbus, Ohio. The company stated the move was in response to increasing customer demand for service, testing, compliance and aftermarket parts support.   

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced the sale of Stop-N-Go of Madison Inc. and its affiliates to Kwik Trip Inc. The asset sale includes 36 Stop-N-Go convenience stores in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc. announced the sale of New West Oil Company LLC to RelaDyne LLC. New West is a lubricants distributor, commercial fuels supplier and waste oil recycler in the Southwest

Tom McGee will retire Dec. 31 from PMP Corp. When McGee joined the company in 1969, PMP was a 12-employee firm serving the Northeast from a 5,000-square-foot building. Now, PMP is a nationwide manufacturer with 55 employees and a 35,000-square-foot facility. McGee twice represented District 10 on the PEI board of directors.

Illinois service company.
Crowne Industries Ltd., 651 S. Sutton Road #214, Streamwood, IL 60107, applied for service and construction division membership. Jim Veverka is vice president of sales for the firm, which was established in 2005. Crowne Industries Ltd. performs underground storage tank (UST) and aboveground storage tank (AST) installations, upgrades, retrofits, removal, inspections and audits for commercial fleet, retail, aviation and government fueling facilities. Sponsored for PEI membership by Glen Corkill, Source North America, Addison, Illinois.


  • ABA-CON, Titusville, Florida (service and construction)
  • Wheeler Tank Testing, Blackfoot, Idaho (service and construction)
  • Wendy Hu, Garden Grove Shell #1, Garden Grove, California (operations and engineering)
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