• The Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (RP100) has been given the force of federal law (40 CFR 280) and state law (e.g., 30 TAC 334.46) since the late 1980s. RP100 is updated regularly to reflect state-of-the –art installation practices. It was updated in August, 2020 to remove the recommendation to use metallic risers in Section 10.13 of the document. Here’s some background: The former edition (2017) of RP100 READ MORE
  • https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2014-03/documents/ustfloodguide.pdf Take Action When Flooding Is Imminent Many flooding events have advance notice—from a few hours for heavy rain events to days for hurricanes. Put together plans in advance so your managers and employees can use that time as effectively as possible. To prevent UST displacement or water entering the system, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends these precautions: Turn off all electricity to the UST system Take product inventory and water level reading of all READ MORE
  • A few, quick, no-nonsense thoughts on EMV going forward: Visa, American Express, Discover and Mastercard have all postponed their planned EMV liability shift for fueling stations to April, 2021. Nobody–we mean nobody– knows for sure if it will be extended again. That said, experts speaking at a July 28, 2020, webinar presented by Mercator Advisory Group, said not to expect a third extension of the deadline for accepting chip payment cards at the gas pump. READ MORE
  • When we receive notices from the state or federal government, we are reminded of what Ronald Reagan said were the nine most terrifying words of the English language: “I’m with the government and I’m here to help.” Yet a webinar hosted by TCEQ might be just what the doctor ordered for many UST owners and operators in Texas. TCEQ is hosting free webinars for underground storage tank (UST) owners and operators to explain the state’s READ MORE
  • A new report released June 15 by the Fuels Institute, “Electric Vehicle Adoption: Focus on Charging,” offers an evaluation of the electric vehicle (EV) market from the consumers perspective, including total cost of ownership, recharging infrastructure requirements, anticipated recharging behavior, and the relationship of EVs to competing technology in terms of consumer adoption. There are seemingly a gazillion EV reports and studies out there. This one, however, is worth reading because it presents a measured READ MORE