SECOND QUARTER // 2012
Tip over a domino and the others in
front of it rapidly tumble. Study hard
and you’ll likely do better on the test.
Tug too hard on a string and it will
break. The principle of cause and
e;ect appears in almost every area of
life. It even is a part of the petroleum
equipment industry—with direct,
indirect and sometimes unintended
consequences of a single event
playing out for years to come. This
special section shows how major
regulations and technologies are
shaping the present and the future of
the petroleum equipment industry.
34 THEN AND NOW:
THE BIGGEST CHANGES SINCE THE FIRST UST REGULATIONS
It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since UST regulations were first proposed
and published by the EPA. One industry veteran and UST expert shares his thoughts on the
eight biggest changes that have impacted the management and operation of underground
storage systems since the regulations were introduced. By Marcel Moreau
45 25 YEARS OF UST CHANGES: OTHER EXPERT PERSPECTIVES
With so many areas in the industry a;ected by the EPA’s UST regulations, the PEI Journal also
sought out opinions from other experts. Here, eight industry veterans reflect on where they
were when the regulations first appeared, and weigh in on what (they believe) the biggest
impacts have been in the years since.
52 JOPLIN: ONE DISASTER, MANY LESSONS
On May 22, 2011, an F5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. Emergency response agencies
quickly assembled to ensure the proper management of petroleum storage facilities.
Owners, contractors and regulators walked away with layers of knowledge about
equipment limitations and how to better prepare for future emergencies. By Heather Peters
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