n old joke about all levels of government goes that
there’s nothing as permanent as a temporary tax
increase. In the petroleum equipment industry’s
version of the joke, there’s nothing as ;exible as a ;nal
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compliance
The next big EPA deadline is Oct. 13, 2018, and after a
denied request for an extension, the deadline stands.
October 2018 used to seem way into the future, and
many operators were waiting until the last minute because
they expected the extension that didn’t happen. Those site
operators should schedule work now to bring their facilities
In 2011, the EPA’s Of;ce of Underground Storage Tanks
announced a proposal to revise federal underground storage
tank (UST) guidelines, of;cially known as 40 CFR Part 280,
for the ;rst time since the guidelines went into effect in 1988.
In July 2015 after four years of review, discussion and
comment, the EPA announced the approval of the new
regulation, Revisions to Existing Requirements and New
Requirements for Secondary Containment and Operator
Training; Final Rule ( 40 CFR Parts 280 and 281). In addition, the EPA stated that the ;nal deadline for retail and
commercial fuel site operators with USTs to become compliant with the new rule is Oct. 13, 2018.
As the deadline loomed nearer, momentum built to
;ex that date. In December 2017, the Petroleum Marketers
Association of America (PMAA) requested that the EPA
extend the deadline for the compliance tests — which govern
the operation, testing and viability of a site’s sumps, spill
buckets and over;ll prevention devices — to Oct. 13, 2024.
Six months after that initial request, the PMAA reiterated
its stance in another letter to the EPA that was endorsed by
representatives of the National Association of Convenience
Stores (NACS), Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and
National Association of Truck Stop Operators (NATSO).
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