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TAIT Preps for NACS/PEI Show – Starting This Weekend!

Are you attending the PEI Convention OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013 at the NACS Show? Come see TAIT  in booth #4552!

This weekend, TAIT associates Melanie Nelson, Al Throckmorton and Dennis Tweedy head to Atlanta, Georgia from around the country to meet with more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Last year’s event the NACS Show 2012, was great and we expect this year’s turnout and events to be even better!

A few events we are looking forward to and hope to see you at are:

PEI Events

PEI After-Hours Lounge – Saturday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Sunday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Westin Peachtree Plaza, Lobby Bar PEI’s After-Hours Lounge is the perfect place to come and unwind after a day at the show. Catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones before venturing off to dinner or nightlife in Atlanta.

PEI’s Membership Breakfast

PEI Industry Reception – Monday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – GWCC, Building B, Level 2 Concourse, top of escalators outside of Fuel Equipment & Services area The PEI Industry Reception is the number one networking event of the week! This event provides the best opportunity to socialize with PEI friends while enjoying complimentary food, live music and beverages. Your PEI badge is your ticket. No extra charge to attend.  

Here is PEI’s full Schedule of Events

Here is NACS full Schedule of Events

NACS Show Kickoff Party

Sunday Funday

NACS Closing General Session featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

Contact us to learn more about what TAIT has to offer, or meet us at NACS! Reach out for a tour, we’ll be happy to show you around.

Successful Designated Operator Program – Contact us to Request a Presentation

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the “O&A” Oil &Automotive Marketing News – for presenting “Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program” at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5. Here are images from the article:

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Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

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54th Annual Pacific Oil Conference Heading for L.A. Live

Article Title Page - Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the "O&A" Oil &Automotive Marketing News - for presenting "Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program" at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.



Tim featured in the article

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the O&A Marketing News

Tim’s Title Slide

Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Example Slide from the Presentation

Common Errors and Omissions

Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

To request this presentation at your event, contact Tim Ericsen. For any questions about our DUSTO program and the similar Operator Inspections TAIT performs throughout the US, contact us today! TAIT is pleased to serve you in either capacity, and we do much more.

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

Visit Tait Environmental Services if you are local to, or traveling and will be in the Dallas area.

Have a question about TAIT’s services? Call the Dallas office and stop by to say hello! We enjoy having visitors and for people to swing by when they are in the area. Here are a few pictures I’ve collected with some of the TAIT associates from around the country that stopped by to visit our office.

Here are some pictures from visits to the office. Notice our Goals and Values Statements on the wall in the background. One of the things I love best about TAIT is that they stand by and live out daily these goals and values – they’re more than just a statement of what should be.

Melanie Nelson, Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Melanie with Chuck and Tim from the Santa Ana office.


Andy Tait with Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Andy with Chuck and Tim, in town from California for client meetings.

In order of appearance: Melanie Nelson is the Business Development & Technology Solutions, currently focusing on a SharePoint 2013 rollout and is located in Dallas, Texas.  Chuck Bentley heads up the Designated Operator program on the West coast for one of our national clients. Underground tank inspections and routine AST site inspections are part of the programmatic work that TAIT does. Our technicians visit UST and AST sites during the month performing routine inspections, testing, repairs, and more. Tim Ericsen is the COO of Tait Environmental Services (TES), and recently was one of the speakers at the Pacific Oil Conference. Andy Tait is a Director at TES in our Dallas office. With a remediation background, he is currently busy on many new construction c-store fueling system installs.

24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

Come see TAIT in booth #102! We will be next to our training partner UST Training and are happy to discuss training and our many programmatic tank services such as testing and inspections, as well as the full gamete from design and installation, repairs and upgrades through removals and remediation.

The Annual National Tanks Conference and Exposition is produced by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, and the host state, this year it’s Colorado.

The purpose of this event is to provide learning and networking opportunities for federal, state, and tribal colleagues in the underground storage community. The focus is on progress, priorities, and plans for the pursuit of a common goal–to find new and better ways to work together to protect human health and the environment from tank releases.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and look forward to them each year. We are giving out an Apple prize again this year. See last year’s winner below.  Come visit us in Booth #102! If you’d like to schedule a time to meet, contact Melanie Nelson.

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

See TAIT at PEI / NACS – Atlanta, Oct 12-15

Come see TAIT  in booth #4552 at the PEI 2014 CONVENTION OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. In 2012, the NACS Show attracted more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and looks forward to them each year. One funny thing from last year was that my suit matched the carpet. No, really. I’ll add the picture below. Come visit us in Booth #4552!

Melanie matched the Carpet

Usually Melanie stands out in her Bright Red suit…

New Recommendations for Installing ASTs

AST systems continue to be important for commercial, emergency generator, agricultural and other similar applications. Especially in cases where there is room for them to be installed. When real estate is sparse, owners often must still rely on the more heavily regulated USTs. The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) issued a new recommended practice for installing ASTs. PEI/RP200: Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling, went through its most  recent review and finalized the sixth edition of the document in March 2013.

Reading through the recent article in the PEI Journal regarding RP200, here are some excerpts that spell out the biggest changes from their 2008 version:

  • Improvements in Fire Safety
  • Electronic gauges for all kinds of tanks
  • Better structural integrity of tanks
  • Technical updates to conform with UL 142 on tank capacity, length and diameter
  • Steel Tank Institute performance references updated to new STI standards
  • Brand new Appendix C: side-by-side comparison of key requirements in NFPA 30A: Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages and the International Fire Code that impact AST installation

PEI recommended practices have tremendous visibility and credibility. People want to be involved because it’s a chance to truly make a difference. TAIT’s Regulatory Affairs Manager, Brian Harmon was very involved in RP1200. We are pleased to support the community and stay abreast of upcoming regulations and recommended practices by participating and responding on issues.

Engineers and owners want a superior product and are willing to spend extra money for double wall aboveground tanks and double wall piping—again, even when they don’t have to. It shows that the industry is taking pollution and safety seriously—moving from “let’s get this done” to “let’s make  sure we do this right.” And that’s a good thing. – Kirk Mercer, CEO of R.W. Mercer Company in Jackson, Mich., chairman of PEI’s Aboveground Tank Installation Committee, has been involved since the beginning – 1992.

If you have any questions regarding installing ASTs, please contact us. We design, install, repair, test, inspect and remove both Aboveground and Belowground Storage Tanks across the nation. We are happy to help you consider your options and discuss individual situations. Contact us Today for more information.

EPA News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

EPA News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

Is your company involved in painting or re-painting? One task we perform for our clients is to repaint aboveground petroleum storage tanks, ASTs. Here is a news release from the EPA regarding lead based paint, the dangers and consequences of not being certified. If you are interested in resurfacing some of your petroleum storage tanks, PSTs or piping, or if you have any questions about TAIT’s certifications, contact our Safety Manager Tim Kostel.

May 2, 2013

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

WASHINGTON – Today, EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

Enforcement actions:

•    Groeller Painting, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.
•    Albracht Permasiding and Window, Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
•    Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
•    ARK Property Investments, LLC of Richmond, Indiana.
•    Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
•    Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
•    Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
•    Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
•    Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
•    EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
•    Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
•    Accolade Construction Group, Inc. of New York, New York.
•    PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
•    Creative Renovations of Brooklyn, New York.
•    Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
•    New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
•    CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

More information about the settlements: www.epa.gov/enforcement/waste/cases/lrrp050213.html

More about lead and instructions on getting certified: www.epa.gov/lead

CA Criteria for Tanks in Subsurface or Below Grade Structures

Effective January 1, 2013, AB 1566 makes changes to the UST regulatory program in California, specifically regarding the criteria for regulating tanks located in subsurface or below grade structures.

“Aboveground storage tank” or “storage tank” means a tank that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum and that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground, except that, for purposes of this chapter, “aboveground storage tank” or “storage tank” includes a tank in an underground area.

“Underground storage tank” means any one or combination of tanks, including pipes connected thereto, that is used for the storage of hazardous substances and that is substantially or totally beneath the surface of the ground.

Discussions regarding vaulted tanks and tanks in basements have been going on the last few years, with discrepancies between tank owners and the State Water Resources Control Board regarding whether an AST located in an underground area, such as a basement, cellar or pit, should be considered a UST, and when that should happen.

Assembly Bill No. 1566 is “An act to amend Sections 25270.2, 25270.4, 25270.12, 25281, and 25281.6 of, and to add Sections 25270.4.1, 25270.12.1, and 25270.12.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to aboveground storage tanks.”

This Flow Chart is a straightforward way to define whether a tank will be classified as a UST or an AST.

Flow Chart of AB 1566 UST Provisions

For more information, and to read the bill, go to the Official California Legislative Information website.


First Quarter 2012 Trade Shows

The first quarter of 2012 has come and gone rather quickly it seems. Time flies when you are having fun, as the old adage says. Here are a few exerpts of the fun we have had at Trade Shows during the first quarter of the year.

IMBC Jan 30 – Feb 1, Fort Lauderdale, FL

This was our first time to attend the International Marina and Boatyard Conference. It was great to meet the marina association members. Gary enjoyed seeing new faces versus the West coast marinas and expanding our network. Disney World is a great place to hold a conference.

M-PACT  March 13-15, Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

iPhone pic of our booth

Tait's booth at M-PACT

What a blast we had in Indianapolis! This year’s M-PACT Show was informative, friendly and engaging as always. We spent time with OmegaFlex and clients, and really enjoyed the city. At our booth, we played our Ohio AB Operator Training course, and answered questions about it and our other training offerings and services.  The shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo’s Steak House really is legendary and you must try it. We visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and enjoyed the history of the city. A great part of Wednesday was the time set aside after the trade show, before dinner. We enjoyed being hosted at SIGMA‘s Reception.  Mo’s… A Place for Steaks‘ Lobster Mac and Cheese was my favorite, ever, and I can see why so many groups from M-PACT kept heading back there.

Trade Show Backdrop, TV, Computers, all the stuff for exhibiting at the National Tank Show

Arriving in St. Louis for the National Tank Show

National Tanks Show March 19-21, St. Louis, MO

The EPA National Tank Conference is always the center of the “tank universe” in March of every year. 2012 was no different. This year the buzz was centered on two issues; the upcoming UST Operator Training Regulations and the proposed EPA UST Regulatory changes (currently in the comment phase).

There was a significant amount of discussion on how to best implement the new training regulations. These debates included the merits of classroom vs. web-based training. Many owners are also exploring the out-sourcing of the Class B Operator role to a third-party. In many cases, the third-party Class B Operator can provide the owner with a level of objectivity not attainable from an in-house employee. This individual can also be charged with providing value-added services such as compliance testing, inspections, alarm response, etc.

Scott Brehmer attended the session titled 2012: A Tank Odyssey: Demonstrations on Emerging Digital Solutions for UST Compliance Management.  He said it was an interesting format, sort of like speed dating.  They had 6 round tables set up and at each table was a private company vendor or a state regulator showcasing their electronic product or website.  We spent 12 minutes at each table and then rotated so that we were able to see each vendor by the end of the session.  Most of the vendors touched on web-based training or data management systems.  It was very informative and great to see folks in our industry pushing boundaries in technology.

Scott also attended the session titled Measuring Progress in the UST Program – What Can We Learn From 10 Years of UST System Testing Data?  and said the session included a panel of 3 legends in the tank industry, one of them being Steve Purpora.  Some of our current senior employees at Tait were trained by Steve Purpora’s father in the 1970s, so it was great to see his Steve carrying on his father’s legacy.  What I took from the session is this – “USTs will leak as much as the regulations allow them to. Untested systems leak more than tested systems.”  It’s as simple as that!

We enjoyed meeting the attendees and other vendors throughout the day as they stopped by to learn about our AB Operator Training courses and certification, and about the Fuel System Design and Construction projects we are working on. We enjoyed nice dinner and conversations with our clients at Salt and Ruth’s Chris restaurants. Speaking of food, the luncheon provided at the National Tanks Show was great! Steak and asparagus – I wasn’t prepared for that. I especially enjoyed the apple pie, and ate it first, actually. On the last day, the contest winners were announced and Chris Plassmeyer of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Hazardous Waste Program won the iPod nano we gave away. Congratulations, Chris!

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

In Chris’s own words, “I was shocked when my name was called out for winning the iPod Nano provided by Tait Environmental Services.  I want to say what a great experience the National Tanks Conference was in meeting with contractors and state regulators in the UST world.  Also, the seminars during the conference provided invaluable knowledge of current issues and ongoing research in the UST field.

I spoke with Michele Piazza of NEIWPCC, who said, “2012 was the best yet. We had exhibitors gold level and regular; I think everyone really enjoyed meeting each other and having the converstaitons they were able to have during the sessions and in the exhibit hall hours. Logistically, we had 643 attendees, 282 private and the rest were Federal, State or Tribal attendees. There were 30 posters, 41 exhibitors and the exhibit raffle was hugely successful. The feedback we have gotten was great, and we look forward to the next show in 2013.”

Tait will be at many more trade shows this year, and we look forward to seeing you there. If you will be attending any of the following upcoming shows this May, please let us know.

TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, May 1-2, 2012 at the Austin Convention Center

TPCA (now TFFA) Southwest Fuel and Convenience Expo, May 6-8, 2012 at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX

Teamwork was #1 as Tait Designed and Built new Fueling System for JB Hunt

Truck Fueling at new JB Hunt facility Tait built

When JB Hunt Transportation acquired adjacent property to their existing Stockton CA facility, Tait Environmental Services was selected to remove the old fueling operation from the newly acquired property and design and build a Fueling Facility.

The previous fueling facility Tait removed was an old single wall Owens Corning 10K gallon AST and mechanical dispenser. The new installation consisted of a new double wall UL142 15K gallon Modem Welding AST. Two new Wayne high flow master satellite dispensers, UDCs, and EJ Ward Fuel Management systems were put into place. The new 10 horsepower off load pump station offers quick fuel deliveries into the AST, and the new tank monitor oversees the system.

This project started in November 2010, when JB Hunt was acquiring the property adjacent to their existing facility. Ron Weaver at JB Hunt talked to Andy Tait and that’s how it all started.

Dennis Tweedy tells the story: It turned out so nice! Our teams did a great job. We removed the old system in place, I designed a new system for them, we bounced back and forth on the design so everyone was happy, submitted to county, got it all permitted and built it. It’s a state of the art facility, a flagship operation for them. I’m used to building Gas Stations with Shell or Valero logos, but we were in control of the design and painting and the whole 9 yards. BJ Ward is their fuel management system, we tied that right into their network. As soon as we had the network up and running, we plugged in the tank monitor and JB Hunt was able to dial in within 5 minutes to see their tank monitor and fuel levels. It went without a hitch.

I was really proud of that project. We did it all in house, brought some people up from Southern California, most of the guys in Northern CA worked on it. There are 2 Dresser Wayne high flow dispenser, with sattellites, so they have two full lanes for fueling for their diesel operation. We put an air and water system out there that’s hooked to their shop air. It’s a clean facility.

As far as permitting goes, the County of Stockton CA worked with me preliminarily. They were a huge help in helping me design it. They were really looking forward to that old system going away and were excited about what JB Hunt was doing, as well. They were spectacular; I can’t say enough nice things about them. Inspectors actually took time to look in the books at what I could do, were there at all the inspections, were excited about the project, and you don’t get that very often.

The offload pump we installed, you’ll see the diesel that is filling up at the AST. We installed a 10hp offload pump, and they can fill up a 15k tank of diesel in about 5 minutes. The delivery driver, had a chance to talk to her, she was elated, saying “it saves me so much time on my deliveries, saves me so much time it’s ridiculous.”

James Livoni, the company electrician, did a fantastic job installing a completely new fuel subpanel. We had a subcontractor, Carr Electric (in Stockton, have worked with them on diff projects throughout the years) install a whole new feed for our subpanel, which had to go from the existing prime power at the facility, had to do a horizontal bore all the way to the building to get our own separate power feed for that. Everyone worked well together, it just clicked. Everyone helped out, I can’t think of one problem or one argument we had with agencies or anyone. Everyone just pitched in and helped get it done.

Teamwork is defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary as “a joint action by a group of people, in which each person subordinates his or her individual interests and opinions to the unity and efficiency of the group.” Throughout Dennis’s account of the project, Teamwork is preeminent, which is why this is such a great story to share.

Ron Weaver at JB Hunt said, “The project went well. I was pleased with the attention Dennis gave it and the quality of the product we ended up with. The timing and scheduling and permitting efforts he put into all that were great. I’m about 2,000 miles away and have to rely on people like him. I really appreciate having Dennis there.”

Here are the BEFORE photos