January 20, 2021 | Vol. 71, No. 2
Dear PEI Member:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has opened a 90-day comment period on a proposed rulemaking to modify or eliminate E15 dispenser labels and loosen underground storage tank (UST) system compatibility requirements.
Background. Because biobased fuels such as ethanol can be more degrading to UST components than petroleum, the 2015 federal UST regulations set special compatibility and recordkeeping requirements for systems storing fuel containing more than 10% ethanol or 20% biodiesel. However, other EPA actions have encouraged and facilitated the sale of E15:
EPA describes its new rulemaking as another move that would “provide additional opportunity for E15 within the fuels marketplace.”
E15 Labels. Today’s orange-and-black E15 dispenser label serves two purposes. First, to identify the vehicles for which E15 is approved. Second, to warn consumers against using the fuel in non-approved vehicles, boats and gasoline-powered equipment. The rulemaking proposes two possible changes for E15 labels:
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The first option would modify the current label by:
The second option would eliminate the EPA-required E15 dispenser label. EPA’s stated goal for this option is to “encourage the use of E15 by consumers who can lawfully use E15 but who do not do so because they are confused by the label.”
If the EPA-required label is eliminated, the EPA also seeks comments on whether state and local governments could require their own E15 dispenser labels.
Compatibility Requirements. The new rulemaking includes three proposals to help owners and operators meet today’s E15 compatibility requirements and pave the way for even higher ethanol blends in the future:
The proposals would take effect one year after the final regulation’s effective date. However, states with State Program Approval (SPA) status would have three years from the effective date to submit a revised SPA plan that meets the new requirements.
In a conversation with PEI staff hours before the rulemaking launched, EPA OUST stressed how important PEI member input will be to this rulemaking process. For more information on how to submit comments, click here. EPA also will schedule a public hearing on the proposal.
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Mexican distributor. PetroCalibrations SA de CV, Ave. Alfonso Reyes 1672, Monterrey 64280 Mexico, applied for distributor division membership. Carlos Lebrac Gonzalez V. is commercial director for the firm, which was established in 2012. PetroCalibrations SA de CV distributes petroleum equipment, including metering and pump packages. Sponsored for PEI membership by Shawn Kiefer, Total Control Systems, Fort Wayne, Indiana. www.petrocalibrations.com.mx
Tennessee installation company. JPS Services LLC, 6016 S. Main St., Lobelville, TN 37097, applied for service and construction division membership. Michael Coblentz is manager/partner for the company, which was established in 1994. JPS Services LLC performs service, installation and general contractor services. Sponsored for PEI membership by Thomas Brown, National Petroleum Equipment, Attalla, Alabama.
Texas service provider. HD Retail Repair, 729 Third Ave., Dallas, TX 75226, applied for service and construction division membership. Nia Khepera is director of the firm, which was established in 2017. HD Retail Repair installs, repairs and removes USTs and petroleum storage tank waste water. Sponsored for PEI membership by Kelly Crellin, Brugg Pipesystems, Rome, Georgia.
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The TulsaLetter 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.