Sorry that we haven't updated our news section in a long time, but it's a good thing, because we have been very busy! We are fast approaching our third year anniversary of ownership and operations on July 1, 2012. The first three years have flown bye and have been both challenging as well as rewarding. The successful and in some cases expanded relationships we have maintained with the vast majority of former owner Chris Penney's customer's, coupled with a healthy influx of new customers each year has kept us very busy. We wish to sincerely thank all of our customers for your business. We look forward to continuing to meet and exceed your expectations of us now in the years ahead. We always look forward to welcoming new customers aboard or former customers to return and join with us in taking the worries out of your UST compliance testing, inspection and annual maintenance needs.
STAGE II SYSTEM DECOMMISSIONING
At long last it is finally here, and depending on the state your business resides in, there is a time frame and a mandatory process to follow for decommissioning the Stage II portion of your gasoline dispensing site(s). Now don't panic, the deadline for this conversion varies, but generally you have until around the end of 2015, the catch is that for some you may still be required to continue all currently required Stage II maintenance and testing until they are decommissioned. There is an obvious significant upfront cost for this conversion, but there is also significant future savings for your site given the durability and cost savings for maintenance of non vapor dispensers, nozzles and hoses.
In ME and NH, the process has already begun at some sites, and in VT it will begin in December of 2012. Regardless of your State, the process involves the conversion of your dispensers to non-vapor hanging hardware, dispenser software modifications, capping of dispenser vapor piping, and capping of the vapor return piping to the tank. One way we fit into this process is that again, depending on jurisdiction and/or the circumstances of your site, you need to have one or two Vapor Recovery System Pressure Decay Tests. (This test you will recognize as the first and major portion of the Stage II vapor-recovery tests you've had every 3 or 5 years in the past.)
We can help you through this confusing process by either working with your existing service contractor, or we can act as your general contractor. As general contractor we will obtain multiple quotes for the service side of the process for you, and take responsibility for coordination of all parties concerned, clients, state inspectors and service contractors. If you'd like to begin this process, begin budgeting and planning for it, or if you would simply like more clarification about your site in relation to this subject just give us a call soon, we're always here to help.
STAGE I PRESSURE DECAY:
OK, so now that you're happy to see Stage II Vapor Recovery go away, don't forget about the old Stage I Vapor Recovery System. This is the tank-side of the vapor recovery system and every gas station regardless of throughput is required to perform monthly and annual inspections and maintenance of the Stage I System. There is a Federal Requirement that a site that has ever reached a throughput of 100,000 gallons in any month is required to have a Stage I Pressure Decay Test every three years. It appears most states are going to begin enforcing this requirement now that Stage II testing is about to fall by the wayside. As to who will fall under these requirements, it remains to be seen and will likely vary state to state, but at a minimum states that enforce the regulation must meet the Federal requirement. I will post more on this as more information becomes available.
FEDERAL UST REGULATIONS MAJOR REVISION:
Federal UST regulations are nearing completion of the first major rewrite since 1988. The proposed new regulations were published in the Federal Register in November of 2011 for review and feedback until August of 2012. Unless there are major changes to the regulations it appears that there will soon be requirements for periodic secondary containment testing to possibly include:
3 Year Interval:
Tank-top piping and/or submersible pump sumps
Piping transition sumps
Dispenser containment sumps
Double-wall piping containment
Double-wall tank interstitial space
Site walk-through inspections, that at a minimum will include inspections of all containment sumps, tank monitoring systems, overfill prevention equipment, spill buckets, etc.
In summary, a great deal of Federal and State regulatory changes are in the wind, so if you would like to express your concerns over these changes, monitor your state environmental agencies information and news for any hearings on any regulatory changes or proposals.
As more of these regulations come online, we will expand our services as necessary to cover any and all existing and new compliance testing, inspection and annual maintenance requirements. This expansion may require us to take on slightly more overhead, but please know that we are committed to doing this in a manner that ensures our testing continues to be the most affordable, dependable and reliable in our region.
Until next time, thank you for your time and a happy and healthy 2012 to you and yours!
July 1, 2009
Affordable Tank Services, LLC. under new ownership, new website unveiled and Veeder-Root installation and maintenance services now offered.