March 4, 2021 | Vol. 71, No. 5
|Dear PEI Member:
Starting today, you have 45 days to submit comments for a new edition of PEI/RP900: Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems.
PEI/RP900 aims to:
The PEI UST System Inspection and Maintenance Committee welcomes comments on the entire document, but is particularly interested in suggestions for the daily, monthly and annual inspection procedures in Sections 6, 7 and 8.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes PEI/RP900 as a code of practice that may be used to comply with walkthrough inspection requirements in 40 CFR 280.36 (a)(2). EPA’s implementing regulations further state:
Owners and operators who use the code of practice option for meeting UST requirements must use the entire code of practice. For example, owners and operators would not meet the walkthrough inspection requirement if they chose to follow only some of the walkthrough inspection areas in the code of practice while ignoring others.
To date, only a few states have adopted PEI/RP900 as their code of practice for walkthrough inspections. The committee encourages tank installers, service providers, owners, operators, regulators and other interested parties to propose changes that would make RP900 more broadly applicable and helpful in other jurisdictions.
Click “Comment Now” at www.pei.org/rp900.
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PEI’S LONG ANNOUNCES DEC. 31 RETIREMENT
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Several PEI members have asked whether “essential workers” will receive priority status for COVID-19 vaccines. Unfortunately, the answer varies by state.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) suggested Dec. 16 that workers it classifies as essential should be prioritized for vaccines. At about the same time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a vaccine eligibility list that also prioritized essential workers.
Despite both recommendations, the federal government elected to leave vaccination decisions with the states.
As a result, employers — including PEI members in essential service sectors — must consult state and local public health authorities to determine employees’ vaccine eligibility.
The National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) has identified five resources to help employers through this process:
SONNY’S ENTERPRISES JOINS PEI PRIORITY CLUB
FORECOURT UPGRADE POLL
USPS NEXT-GEN VEHICLES
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) on Feb. 23 awarded Osh-Kosh Defense a 10-year contract for up to 165,000 next-gen delivery vehicles. Only 10% of the vehicles will be electric. An all-electric order would have cost the USPS $4 billion more, according to the postmaster general. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are protesting the contract.
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PETALUMA BANS NEW GAS STATIONS
Sixteen gas stations serve Petaluma’s roughly 60,000 residents. Another retail fueling facility is approved but not yet built. According to the council, every resident is within a five-minute drive from at least one station.
“The goal here is to move away from fossil fuels and to make it as easy as possible to do that,” said D’Lynda Fischer, the councilor who introduced the resolution.
Multiple media reports said Petaluma is the first U.S. city to ban new gas stations.
NAW’S “DISTRIBUTORS DELIVER” CAMPAIGN
Using the theme “Distributors Deliver” (#DistributorsDeliver), the campaign will include videos, real-world stories, earned media and social media posts.
If you would like to share your company’s pandemic-related efforts on behalf of the communities and customers you serve, please contact Rick Long at email@example.com.
“Biofuels and agriculture interests are rallying behind a bill working its way through the Minnesota Legislature to mandate E15 in the state as it faces pushback from the gasoline retailer industry. ... The bill would require all Minnesota gasoline retailers to comply with the mandate by July 2022. Retailers say it would be costly to comply and the deadline is too tight.” — Progressive Farmer, Feb. 18
“The U.K. Department for Transport on Feb. 25 announced that the country will adopt E10 as its standard gasoline blend by September. ... The U.K. previously limited the volume of ethanol allowed in gasoline blends to 5 percent. ... While E10 will become the new standard blend of gasoline, E5 blends will continue to be available to fuel older vehicles, such as classic cars.” — Ethanol Producer Magazine, Feb. 26
“Hyundai is recalling approximately 82,000 electric vehicles globally to replace a faulty battery pack. The recall will include 75,680 Hyundai Kona Electric models, as well as 5,715 Hyundai Ioniq Electric models and 305 city buses … . The recall effort is expected to cost $900 million, which will make it the most expensive electric car recall ever.” — Green Car Reports, Feb. 24
“Electric vehicle charging in retail stations is ‘not a runaway bestseller’ for Phillips 66 because charging is slower and ‘awfully expensive’ compared with the cost of charging at home, the U.S. refiner’s chief economist Horace Hobbs said at an energy conference on Tuesday. Less than 2% of the refiner’s 7,000 retail locations in the United States and Europe have electric vehicle charging capability. ... ‘There’s not a fleet out there today to keep the chargers running at a rate that would support economically putting it in more of the facilities,’ Hobbs said.” — Reuters, March 2
“Though still a sliver of new vehicle sales, electric vehicle registrations achieved a record 1.8% share of the overall U.S. light vehicle market in 2020, and in December reached a monthly record of 2.5% market share, according to a new analysis from global information firm IHS Markit, the parent of OPIS. Looking at retail purchases — which excludes fleets — EVs accounted for 2.8% of new vehicle registrations in December.” — Oil Express Alert, Feb. 19
“A proposed Hawaii state law would impose a new tax on gasoline-powered cars valued at $60,000 or more and use the funds to build electric vehicle infrastructure. The proposed measure heard Tuesday by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce would apply a 1% tax on such cars. ... If passed, the tax would go into effect July 1 and sunset in 2030.” — The Garden Island, March 2
PEI MEMBER NEWS
RDM Industrial Electronics Inc. is now the exclusive North American distributor for Defender One pump security products, including dispenser retrofit alarm kits to guard against fuel theft.
Titan Cloud Software acquired Environmental Monitoring Solutions (EMS). Titan Cloud will continue to use the EMS name and brand. Russell Dupuy, CEO of EMS, will be managing director of Titan Cloud’s new EMS division and global wetstock senior vice president for Titan Cloud.
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