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Source: CleanFUEL USA, press release May 23, 2007

 

CleanFUEL USA, Inc., has announced that subsidiary CFT (Clean Fuel Technologies) has satisfied a request from the North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal to provide professional evaluation and assurance that CFT E85 dispenser equipment utilize E85 compatible components and will perform similar to a conventional fuel dispenser by receiving PE stamps on its drawings and component sets from Jonathon A. Gromatsky, a North Carolina mechanical engineer. This PE stamp now allows installation of E85 compatible dispenser equipment to proceed in the State of North Carolina.

 

Until Underwriter Laboratories Inc., (UL) establishes new certificate requirements through testing and research, acceptance of E85 dispensers and components remains at the discretion of the Authority Having Jurisdiction (local Fire Marshal). The engineering report released by Gromatsky on April 28 th (which can be found by clicking here) is intended to be used as a proxy in North Carolina for UL approval until new UL requirements are published.

 

The North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshal released the following statement:

 

"The engineering analysis conducted by Jonathan A. Gromatzky. P.E. has been identified by the NC Office of State Fire Marshal as meeting the intent of the 2006 NC Fire Code. The engineering analysis satisfied the concern over the listing by alternately documenting the compatibility of the dispenser equipment with the E85 fuel.”

 

Curtis Donaldson, president/CEO of CleanFUEL USA and NEVC chairman emeritus, thanked the North Carolina Solar Center at North Carolina State University, Gilbarco Veeder Root ( Greenville, N.C.) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal for their cooperation on this project. Donaldson also expressed hope that surrounding states would take note of North Carolina’s pro active approach. “Lack of new UL requirements for E85 infrastructure has delayed the installation of E85 compatible dispensing equipment across the country. North Carolina has taken a prudent and correct approach to solving this issue.”

 

E85 is a clean burning, practical and renewable alternative high octane fuel combining 85 percent ethanol, distilled from corn (or other starch based agriculture feedstocks, sugar beet, sugar cane, switch grass, etc.), with only 15 percent gasoline. Upwards of six million automobiles in the United States are currently capable of using E85.

 

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cessna ..not following exactly who is doing the PE ? (professional evaluation ) 

 

 

I agree that we need to move forward despite the UL and their red tape  and agree that a PE should suffice based on analysis of previous use with ethanol etc.. but that it should come from a independent entity

 

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"The engineering analysis conducted by Jonathan A. Gromatzky. P.E. has been identified by the NC Office of State Fire Marshal as meeting the intent of the 2006 NC Fire Code. The engineering analysis satisfied the concern over the listing by alternately documenting the compatibility of the dispenser equipment with the E85 fuel.”

 

The way I understand it, Jonathan Gromatzky P.E. (Professional Engineer) has looked over the pump and given it the ok.  The fire marshal says that will be acceptable as far as the fire code requirement (instead of the UL listing).

 

In essence, they seem to be accepting Mr. G's opinion to satisfy the Fire Code instead of pushing the UL approval.

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"The engineering analysis conducted by Jonathan A. Gromatzky. P.E. has been identified by the NC Office of State Fire Marshal as meeting the intent of the 2006 NC Fire Code. The engineering analysis satisfied the concern over the listing by alternately documenting the compatibility of the dispenser equipment with the E85 fuel.”

 

The way I understand it, Jonathan Gromatzky P.E. (Professional Engineer) has looked over the pump and given it the ok.  The fire marshal says that will be acceptable as far as the fire code requirement (instead of the UL listing).

 

In essence, they seem to be accepting Mr. G's opinion to satisfy the Fire Code instead of pushing the UL approval.

 

Thanks Corey.. I was looking right at it and not seeing it

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This should establish precedent for the manufactures. If they are smart they should simply get an independent PE review of their equipment and us this decision to by pass UL requirements. The contact all the states Fire Marshals and Environmental regulatory agencies, and advise them that they have an independent certification on their pumps pending UL's setting of standards.

 

Most jurisdictions and laws allow for satisfying the intent of regulation if the letter is not possible.

 

Larry

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