A recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) laboratory study suggests that “many” of the sump pumps for underground storage tanks at gas stations could corrode more rapidly than expected. NIST, a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, duplicated conditions similar to those found around the sump pump for tank systems to determine the potential corrosion rate. The study “demonstrated severe corrosion rapidly eating through 1 millimeter of wall thickness per year on steel alloy samples exposed to ethanol and acetic acid vapors,” NIST said. “Gas stations may need to replace submersible pump casings, typically made of steel or cast iron, sooner than expected.” The laboratory study was prompted by recent reports from field inspectors in nine states suggesting there were “many” rapidly corroding gasoline storage tank components such as sump pumps, NIST said in an announcement. The incidents are “generally” linked to the use of […]

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Ethanol produced in the United States has been the most economically competitive motor fuel in the world over the past four years, an analysis released by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said today. The study, conducted by ABF Economics Agriculture and BioFuels Consulting, examined wholesale prices paid for ethanol, gasoline and alternative octane sources in several U.S. and world markets from 2010 to 2013. “After increasing nearly seven-fold between 2000 and 2009, total ethanol production has been relatively stable over the past four years, averaging 13.4 billion gal annually,” it said. “Moreover, the ethanol industry is producing sufficient quantity to reliably supply the U.S. gasoline market with a 10% ethanol blend (E10) and is poised to meet demand for an E15 blend for approved motor vehicles. “Reflecting this enhanced competitiveness and maturation,” it added, “ethanol prices (both FOB plant and delivered at key U.S. markets) have declined, while crude oil […]