JOURNAL: Describe the RP1400 committee. Was the
group’s diversity an advantage in writing the document?
CRELE Y: The fact that the committee members came from
all over the country was a huge benefit because the problems
aren’t isolated in one region. In writing the document, we had the
perspectives of professionals from different parts of the country.
PIERCE: I agree. This committee was very, very experienced.
We combined our expertise and
the codes and systems
to provide well-rounded guidance.
A committee can
be a very frustrating
thing. But there is
safety in a committee.
You don’t have a single headstrong individual putting out
incorrect information. The committee approach provides the
necessary checks and balances.
JOURNAL: Several PEI recommended practices
have been codified by various authorities having
jurisdiction (AHJs). Does this document have the same
PIERCE: I think it will be adopted by many AHJs. With
RP100 (underground fueling systems) and RP200 (aboveground
fueling systems) already having been accepted by the regulatory
community, that will make the broad acceptance of a document
like RP1400 much easier.
CRELE Y: I agree. Here in New Hampshire, state regulators
reference several PEI recommended practices documents. I
believe this document was written so well and so thoroughly that
it has the potential to be codified, as well.
CRELE Y: Hopefully, the reader will understand more about
what is involved with the fueling systems and will end up with a
better, safer system.
PIERCE: I believe the document will provide a welcome sounding
board for those who are routinely involved with the installation of
these systems. I am in the office every day designing these systems,
and the committee’s comments challenged me as a professional.
Typical labeling found on an AST. A typical day tank system.