NEWS FROM THE US NEWS FROM THE UNITED STATES BY KRISTEN WRIGHT MANAGING EDITOR, PEI The U.S. Senate approves President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency. Fuel retailers receive the gift of a three-year EMV extension. And PEI prepares for the transition to only its third executive vice president since its founding in 1951. These are petroleum industry headlines from the U.S. Senate Confirms Trump’s EPA Head The U.S. Senate on Feb. 17 confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the federal regulatory arm Pruitt sued multiple times for environmental protection overreach while he was Oklahoma attorney general. Senators confirmed Pruitt 52 to 46, mostly along party lines. A lone Republican, Susan Collins of Maine, voted against Pruitt’s confirmation. Two Democrats from coal country states, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, voted to confirm Pruitt. EPA regulations include those relating to greenhouse gas reporting, engine testing, and gasoline dispensing and distribution among others. EMV Deadline Delayed 3 Years U.S. fuel retailers now have until Oct. 1, 2020, to install EMV payment systems on their dispensers. The compliance deadline marks a three-year extension, first announced Dec. 1 by Visa and Mastercard, with American Express and Discover joining the movement days later. The original Oct. 1, 2017, deadline followed similar timelines of other countries that successfully implemented the changes — two years after inside the-store deadlines. The U.S. migration, however, exceeds previous migration efforts in its complexity and scale. The U.S. migration involved, at least in the beginning, configuring and certifying some 3,000 network processor combinations. In addition, a marketer’s cost to bring dispensers into EMV compliance depends on whether its dispensers can be upgraded or must be replaced, whether incentives offset some of the costs, whether sufficient bandwidth exists, and whether construction is involved. Factoring in those variables, the total cost per dispenser may range from $4,000 to $20,000. The extension, according to a poll of PEI officers and directors, means three things are clear: 1. Order is better than chaos. Now stakeholders may make more rational decisions. 2. The extension is a gift to marketers. Now most marketers have ample time to plan their EMV rollouts. 3. The extension might be a gift in disguise for distributors and contractors. The extension might slow the original EMV work, but the longer window allows room for all of the upgrades during a technician shortage. PEI Preps for Renkes Retirement Rick Long (left) will replace Bob Renkes (right) as executive vice president and general counsel of PEI The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) board of directors has named Rick Long executive vice president and general counsel of the organization, effective June 1, 2017. Long will replace Bob Renkes, the current executive vice president and general counsel, who will retire from PEI on May 31, 2017, after 38 years with the association. “PEI is fortunate to be able to maintain continuity in only the second leadership transition in the association’s 65-year history,” said Steve Trabilsy, president of PEI. “We are pleased that Rick Long will be taking over as executive vice president and general counsel when Bob Renkes leaves PEI. Rick brings a great deal of experience to the job and has been a strong leader throughout his time at PEI.” Long has served as PEI’s general manager since 2009. He also is editor-in-chief of the PEI Journal and associate general counsel of the association. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Long earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctorate from The University of Texas School of Law, both with honours. Pr ior to joining PEI, he practiced corporate law and founded a strategic communications firm that provided customized marketing, management and technical resources to market-leading corporations, associations and small businesses. “I’m deeply honored to follow Howard Upton and Bob Renkes as the third executive vice president and general counsel in PEI’s exceptional history,” Long said. “Thanks to our dedicated officers, directors, volunteer leaders and staff, PEI has built a record of exceptional service to our members and lasting contributions to the industry. In the days ahead, I am confident that we will expand on that record, even as the world in which PEI members operate continues to evolve.” PEI is the leading authority and source of information for the fuel and fluid handling equipment and services industry. The association is committed to promoting the value of distributor services and improving the business relationships and practices of its members. For more information, visit www.pei.org. Kristen Wright is managing editor of the PEI Journal. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Petroleum Equipment Institute is a trade association whose more than 1,600 member companies in 80-plus countries manufacture, distribute and service petroleum marketing and liquid handling equipment. 22 erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd.
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