Notes from the Petroleum Equipment Institute Trade Show

October 24, 2015

Ben Thomas recently returned from the PEI Trade Show, the world’s largest event for those in the UST equipment and service industry. The three+ day event, held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, included many educational sessions

Here are some of the highlights:

Diesel corrosion: The Steel Tank Institute reported some preliminary results of a national study on the impact of corrosion in diesel tanks. It turns out that the diesel tanks in the study contained noticable amounts of ethanl.

EPA’s New Rules: A number of senior staff from EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) provided a helpful review of what’s in store for us in the next few years. OUST officials also hosted a meet-and-greet at the tradeshow

October 13, 2015: The convention coincided with the first deadline of the new EPA rules: 10/13/15.

Industry Compliment: Jeff Leiter, longtime player in the national UST rules, said that EPA’s OUST was the best run program in EPA.

Tighter Sumps:  There seemed to be more emphasis on sumps on the trade show floor this year. A few companies have developed sump test probes that are much more accurate than the “fill it with water and watch for a 1/4″ drop” test.

More Testing? A number of UST testing companies were quizzed about the likely market for more testing, based on the new rules. None of the testers we spoke with seemed to think

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