Spotlight: Larry Gregory

May 11, 2015

larryThis month I’m putting the UST spotlight on a person rather a company, state or trade association. And that person is Larry Gregory of Snoqualmie, WA. Since Larry moved back to the Seattle-area we’ve gotten together a few times to talk tanks. Larry is a quiet and humble guy on the surface but he’s not your typical UST professional.

He was a global engineering advisor and a fuel system engineer for Exxon Mobil for 38 years and has probably designed, inspected, and troubleshot more gas stations around the planet than anyone I know. His nearly four decades in the field have given him a rich knowledge and understanding about what works and what doesn’t work in keeping fuel inside the walls of a UST system.

Larry’s soft spoken but he doesn’t mince words. If he thinks something is good for USTs and the environment he’ll let you know. If not….

One of Larry’s publications is worth noting if you’re involved in ethanol-formulated fuels. His 2012 report: A Comprehensive Analysis of Current Research on E15 Dispensing Component Compatibility published by the American Petroleum Institute, has a fairly strong conclusion.

“Retailers choosing to sell E15 are required by OSHA and fire codes to use listed equipment, and EPA rules require that equipment be proven compatible with E15. The result is that very few sites will be able to sell E15 fuel with existing equipment. Equipment modifications could be as little as new hanging hardware (i.e., hose, nozzle, etc.) or as much as an entirely new fuel dispensing system. Additionally, selling E15 may increase the risk for staff and customer safety, and present environmental consequences.
The possibility of customer misfueling and the adverse effects of E15 on vehicle engines are also issues that should be considered. The only alternative is to not store E15 at the facility.”
Larry is doing freelance UST consulting and still traveling the world. To learn more about Larry see his Linked In account

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