with the country’s move to higher ethanol blends and
lower amounts of sulfur in diesel—and warned users that
these changes may result in leaks or unusual operating
conditions that may necessitate more frequent inspections
than listed in the recommended practices.
On a related matter, the committee made it clear that
RP500 does not apply to equipment dispensing DEF.
Other changes. The committee also made changes
in the sections of the recommended practices that deal
with plumbing from the top of the shear valve, suction-
pumping systems and manufacturers’ instructions. Six
definitions were changed to one degree or another, and
one entirely new definition was added. About half of the
drawings/photographs (including captions) contained in
the 2005 recommended practices were modified in some
manner, and a new figure showing an example of a hose
retriever was added.
Robert N. Renkes is the executive vice president and general
counsel of PEI.
PEI has published recommended practices covering 11 important
technical subjects. Two more documents—on the inspection and
testing of release detection/prevention equipment and the inspection
and maintenance of fixed base fueling operations—are currently being
developed and expected to be released within the next 12 to 18 months.
To learn more about or order a copy of the new PEI/RP500-11, see www.pei.org/rp500.
For information on all PEI recommended practices, see www.pei.org/rp.