MJK Construction Honored

August 25, 2010

MJK has been listed as one of the Top Specialty Contractors in California Construction magazine, and as one of the top 100 Women Owned Businesses in LA County as published by the LA Business Journal

EPA Revising Storage Tank Regulations

June 3, 2010

The federal EPA has been in the process of revising its underground storage tank (UST) regulations for a little more than two years. At the beginning of the process EPA solicited ideas from a variety of stakeholders, and considered over 250 possible changes to the regulations.

In June of 2009, EPA shared a “Short List” of those issues the Agency planned to evaluate further (see July 2, 2009 TL). After considering the costs, benefits and technical feasibility of the possible changes, EPA has revised the Short List, which is shown word for word below.

This is the current list of issues EPA plans to continue to move through the EPA regulatory process. EPA says that while the list reflects the current thinking for potential changes to the UST regulations, the “list may change further as it navigates the regulatory process.” The Agency hopes to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register for public comment in the winter of 2010.



  • Operation and maintenance (O&M) - Includes overfill functionality testing, walk through checks, spill bucket testing and integrity testing for interstitial areas.
  • Ball floats - Eliminate flow restrictors in vent lines as overfill device on new systems and when overfill is replaced.
  • Address repairs:
    1. Repairs and secondary containment - If primary or secondary wall is fixed, must verify structural integrity of interstitial space before returning tank/piping to service.
    2. Revise repairs section to include non-release repairs and include requirements testing. This will require also re-evaluating repair definition and disassociating repair from release.


  • O&M - Walk through checks and periodic operational checks and periodic testing (automatic tank gauge, probes, sensors, line leak detectors and alarms).
  • Incorporate new technologies with applicable performance standards - Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR), Continuous In-Tank Leak Detection System (CITLDS).
  • Address interstitial alarms with regard to section 280.50 “Reporting of Suspected Releases.”
  • Phase out groundwater and vapor monitoring as leak detection methods.


  • Update regulations to acknowledge 1998 deadline has passed.
  • Require closure of lined USTs that fail periodic inspection and cannot be repaired.
  • Update tank, piping sections for new technologies - Include clad and jacketed tanks, flex piping.
  • Notification of ownership changes - Require revised notification forms when ownership changes at the facility.
  • Technical corrections such as update standards and correct typos.
  • Address alternative fuels and compatibility.


  • Exclude USTs containing radioactive substances.
  • Exclude emergency generator USTs at nuclear power generation facilities regulated by NRC.
  • Fully regulate emergency generator USTs.
  • Regulate airport hydrant systems with alternate release detection requirements.
  • Regulate field-constructed USTs with alternate release detection requirements.
  • Regulate wastewater treatment tanks.

Local Construction Company Celebrates 20 Years

January 2010

(Pomona, CA) MJK Construction, Inc. located in Pomona California is celebrating their 20th year in business as a leading fuel systems and general contracting firm.

MJK Construction, Inc. has dedicated employees working on specialized construction projects in California and Nevada. Started in 1989 as a commercial tenant improvement contractor, MJK became involved in environmental construction in the mid 1990’s. Today, their main clientele have needs in fuel system installation, removal, and design/build.

The company’s broad range of services offered stems from the diversity of MJK’s personnel. With expertise in shoring, environmental remediation, the commercial and aircraft fueling industry, generator backup systems, public buildings and hospitals, as well as commercial tenant improvement, this unique contractor serves engineering firms, architectural firms, general contractors, facility owners, and mechanical subcontractors.

“Our commitment has always been on the quality of our work,” said Michael Kissick, President. “This commitment is demonstrated by the amount of work that comes to us from referrals.”

“We’ve often been told that we are different from other contractors,” said Pamela Lawrence, CEO. “I contribute our success to our focus from our client’s perspective and how we would expect the work to be done if we owned the property or project we were working on. Coupled with fantastic, dedicated employees who share this focus make us very excited to achieve this milestone, and we look forward to the next 20!”

Industries Served

  • Medical
  • Aviation
  • Rail
  • Government
  • Public Utility
  • Environmental
  • Manufacturing
  • Real Estate