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August 2017 Issue

Forecourt Operations

Vendor View: Dispenser Filters—It’s Time to Take Them Seriously

By Dwight Rutledge   “The only constant is change.” This saying is especially applicable to the fuel industry, where change is a way of life. Everything seems to be in flux—from regulatory requirements and vehicle technology to fueling equipment and even the fuels themselves. Today’s fuel retailers have to stay on top of an ever-evolving ...

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Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

May 22, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Addressing Corrosion and Microbial Growth in Today’s Fuel Environment

Photo: A corroded flapper valve from a diesel tank, next to another flapper valve from the gasoline tank at the same site.   By Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc.   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began to phase in...

EPA Approves PMAA’s Low Liquid Level Alternative Test Method for Sumps

May 12, 2017 • App Homepage, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on EPA Approves PMAA’s Low Liquid Level Alternative Test Method for Sumps

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) announced this week that it has approved the Petroleum Marketers Association of America’s (PMAA’s) low liquid level integrity test as an alternative...

Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?

May 1, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?

By Peter J. Cochefski   It was 1988 when the world of retail fueling in the United States changed forever—and for the better. That’s when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—in response to the shocking revelation that thousands of...

Vendor View: Bugs Cause Fuel System Damage, Part Two

April 17, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Bugs Cause Fuel System Damage, Part Two

Frederick J. Passman, Ph.D., Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.   My last article discussed the opportunity costs caused by dispenser flow-rate reduction. I’ll open today’s article with a few photos that I’ve selected from my collection...

Vendor View: Managing Aging USTs with Facts and Confidence

March 25, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Managing Aging USTs with Facts and Confidence

By Brian Derge, Tanknology   In the 1980s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was at work developing the first comprehensive set of regulations governing underground storage tanks (USTs). Simultaneously, the retail fuel industry was working...

Vendor View: Fuel System Bugs Drain Revenues

February 1, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: Fuel System Bugs Drain Revenues

Frederick J. Passman, PhD, Biodeterioration Control Associates, Inc.   Does this photo look familiar? If you are a petroleum retailer who either owns or operates c-stores in urban areas, or if you are a fleet operator whose trucks line up at your fueling...

Vendor View: On the Ground with Diesel Corrosion

January 11, 2017 • App Homepage, Featured Articles, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Vendor View: On the Ground with Diesel Corrosion

Main Photo: Inside of an ATG riser pipe looking down toward the probe Source: Tanknology   By Brad Hoffman, Tanknology, Inc.   When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed the results of its study in July on the increasing...

PennDOT Applies to Make Pennsylvania National “Proving Ground” for Automated Vehicle Technologies

January 4, 2017 • App Homepage, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on PennDOT Applies to Make Pennsylvania National “Proving Ground” for Automated Vehicle Technologies

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently applied to a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) solicitation to be designated as an Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot to facilitate the safe and innovative development of these...

Ford Debuts Next-Generation Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle; Car to First Appear at CES and North American International Auto Show in January

January 3, 2017 • App Homepage, Forecourt OperationsComments Off on Ford Debuts Next-Generation Fusion Hybrid Autonomous Development Vehicle; Car to First Appear at CES and North American International Auto Show in January

Ford Motor Company is introducing its next-generation Fusion Hybrid autonomous development vehicle, just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the North American International Auto Show in January.   The new vehicle uses the current Ford...