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A respected industry publication for ILTA members, this monthly newsletter highlights legislative and regulatory activities affecting terminal facilities. It also provides news on recent business development within the terminal industry, including new construction, expansions, acquisitions and additions to ILTA's membership, as well as important information about ILTA's committee meetings, conferences and training events. ILTA also offers ILTA News Plus to members. This publication, sent on weeks that ILTA News is not published, aggregates industry and member news.

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Member Feature: Joel Pastorek

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Joel Pastorek, Executive Vice President of Integrated Services & Logistics and Exploration & Production at Ergon, Inc., began his career with the company 18 years ago as a Project Engineer.

“My introduction to terminals began with overseeing expansion projects at our terminaling facilities,” Pastorek said. “I later moved into operations leadership roles within our terminaling business.”

Throughout his career, Pastorek has found one thing has risen to the top in terms of his favorite aspect of his job.

“The best part of my job is the people,” he said. “I have an opportunity to work alongside team members to develop logistics solutions that provide value to our customers.”

Opportunities for Liquid Terminals in EPA’s Proposed Power Plant Emissions Standards

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On May 23, EPA released its proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for fossil fuel-fired power plants, a suite of guidelines to improve the emissions performance of applicable electric generating units. While the proposal would set new limits for certain gas, coal, and other types of power plants, the proposal also sets a pathway for the co-firing of low-GHG hydrogen. EPA’s proposal reflects the growing demand for more sustainable fuels, justifies a growing network of hydrogen infrastructure, and offers a key role for liquid terminals to play in the energy transition.

Like many industries, the power sector provides a strong opportunity for liquid terminals to benefit and contribute towards the energy transition. EPA’s proposal drives additional demand for hydrogen by setting forth a potential best system of emissions reduction (BSER) for low-GHG hydrogen. These potential pathways allow for the co-firing of low-GHG hydrogen by 30 percent by volume by 2032 and 96 percent by volume by 2038, driving efficient electricity generation and reducing GHG emissions. These pathways deliver a signal to generating companies and utilities to shift the mix of generating assets towards lower-carbon fuels, and in turn providing liquid terminals a key role in the hydrogen supply chain under the energy transition as there will be a growing need for substantial hydrogen transportation, storage, and distribution nationally.

ILTA Conference 2023 – A Look Into the Evolving PFAS Landscape

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Over the course of two days and three panels, ILTA’s annual conference featured renown experts who delved into the challenges, advances and updates regarding PFAS chemicals and their presence in the firefighting foams commonly used by ILTA members. Importantly, the experts provided information on remediation techniques where contamination has occurred and on the development of PFAS-free foams for use at terminal facilities. Each of these panels provided both practical and strategic information aimed at ensuring participants have the tools needed to navigate this changing and complex issue. Here’s a quick look at what was covered:

Legislative Developments on PFAS Liability Release

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On May 3, Senator Cynthia Lummis (WY), along with Senators John Boozman (AR), Kevin Cramer (ND), Lindsey Graham (SC), Markwayne Mullin (OK), Peter Ricketts (NE), Dan Sullivan (AK), and Roger Wicker (MS) sponsored a package of five bills regarding PFAS release liability which were referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Each of these bills exempted a specific type of organization from CERCLA obligations regarding the release of per and polyfluoroalkyl substances. This includes agricultural operators, solid waste/compost operators, water/wastewater treatment facilities, AFFF users and airports. The bills prevent any third party, including federal and state governments or Indian Tribes, from recovering costs or damages from these groups.

Member Feature: Andrea Simonin, CSP

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Andrea Simonin, CSP, got her start specifically in the terminals industry in December 2021 when she was hired as the Safety, Health, Environmental and Sustainability Director for Vopak Americas.

“That’s when I really started learning about terminal operations,” Simonin said. “Before joining Vopak, I worked for a consultant company for 15 years, supporting oil and gas clients where I did have some exposure to terminals on some occasions.”

Simonin enjoys that her job allows her to deal with a diverse team of employees who speak different languages and come from different countries.

“I really think you learn a lot and things work out better when you work with a diverse team,” she said. “I also love that I get to travel to so many different countries to support the terminals we have in the Americas, from north to south!”

Over the course of her career, Simonin says the biggest changes she’s seen are currently happening right now.