What we can learn from an alarming incident in Chicago…

By | 2017-11-13T01:52:58+00:00 November 6th, 2017|

The retail fuels industry is reeling from the recent news of a catastrophic underground storage tank leak near Chicago that led to multiple explosions, injuries, and evacuations. As cleanup crews depart and normal operations resume, it is important to reflect on the underlying causes of the disaster and identify opportunities to avoid such incidents in [...]

Primed to Pump: Labor Day 2017 Gas Price Predictions

By | 2017-08-15T14:09:17+00:00 August 15th, 2017|

The next big holiday weekend is just a month away, and gasoline prices are beginning to creep up. Labor Day weekend is the traditional end of season getaway, as families return to fall routines thereafter. It’s the last chance for gas station owners to capitalize on the peak travel months of the year. Will this [...]

How automated compliance dovetails with coming EPA regulatory changes

By | 2017-08-04T10:53:55+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|

Gas station owners, you've got a looming deadline to make changes to your compliance methodology. Good news: since July 2015, when the EPA revised its Underground Storage Tank regulations, there have been major moves forward in gas station compliance technology. While many of the EPA's revisions have already taken effect, others had a more leisurely fulfillment [...]

Tank Corrosion: what you don’t know (but should)

By | 2017-07-13T18:14:37+00:00 July 24th, 2017|

The Environmental Protection Agency's 2016 report revealed that many fuels retailers don't know the extent of corrosion in diesel fuel storage tanks. Carolyn Hoskinson, Director of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks, says that significant corrosion was found at 83% of sites visited while researching the report. But the shocking part is that only 25% of those [...]

Address the threat of gas station cyberattacks

By | 2017-07-27T11:36:17+00:00 July 18th, 2017|

As gas stations get more connected, the threat of hackers increases. It's been too easy for bad players to exploit the vulnerabilities in your system. You can prevent hackers from getting into your reporting technology. Earlier this year, the NACS podcast welcomed Gray Taylor, Executive Director at Conexxus, to talk about the alarming increase of cyberattacks [...]

Finally, a complete compliance solution for the retail fuels industry

By | 2017-07-14T16:10:34+00:00 July 10th, 2017|

There is an often quoted statistic in the world of compliance: 72.5%. It represents the percentage of retail fuel sites in the US that are compliant with EPA regulations, and it means that the remaining 27.5% are non-compliant, creating significant environmental and financial risks for the industry and society at large. The potential costs [...]

Compliance: Your Secret Weapon to Crush the Competition

By | 2017-07-13T21:32:39+00:00 June 29th, 2017|

Money disappears when no one’s looking. The cost of EPA compliance is often folded into other budget items. But when you take a look into the actual costs of compliance, the expense can escalate quickly. On the low side is a $20,000 fine resulting from a failed spot check. If you let a leak [...]

Gas Station Spills and Cleanups: What You Need to Know

By | 2017-07-14T23:27:19+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

Gas stations utilize underground storage tanks to hold vast quantities fuel in reserve for consumer purchase at the pump. With an estimated 660,000 underground storage tanks in the US, there’s a lot of potential for something to go wrong. A leaking underground storage tank can contaminate soil and underground water supplies. According to the [...]

Roundup: EPA Compliance Settlements Mandate Automated UST Monitoring Systems

By | 2017-07-13T20:41:00+00:00 May 31st, 2017|

As part of a broader effort to increase the integration of high-tech solutions to underground storage tank compliance challenges, the EPA has included the installation of state-of-the-art tank alarm systems in the terms of a number of recent settlements involving underground storage tank compliance violations. Move to Digital Detection In one settlement, after failing [...]

Will Environmental Compliance Change in 2018?

By | 2017-07-13T20:41:44+00:00 May 22nd, 2017|

Despite a lot of hand wringing over the future of the EPA budget, there have been few changes to date.  It is good business practice to understand and prepare for the EPA’s direction and corresponding budget. Gas station owners and operators want to know how new priorities affect day to day decisions, especially around [...]