(Received today via email)
Dear UST Community (Industry, Tribes, States, EPA Colleagues, and everyone else!):
I am thankful each and every day for the community of all who work in the UST field. During this global pandemic, we are each facing personal and professional challenges unlike anything we have encountered before. Gas stations and convenience stores are essential critical infrastructure; all Americans count on them to stay open in a crisis for food and fuel and other extremely important necessities. I appreciate all the efforts that so many people are making to ensure that our community stays viable, open, and at the same time continuing our vigilance to properly maintain, operate and test our equipment as best we can to prevent potential releases to the environment. We are all also carefully considering what work should be paused during this time in our LUST cleanup programs.
I absolutely know that the current health advisories and social distancing make it harder, if not impossible, to perform certain activities that we would be doing under more normal conditions. EPA and our state partners are developing guidance on compliance impacts that we hope will be available soon. Some states have released guidance already. In the meantime, if you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Stay safe, tell your loved ones how much you care about them, and stay in touch with us!
Carolyn Hoskinson, Director
Office of Underground Storage Tanks, US EPA
202-564-2564 or Hoskinson.firstname.lastname@example.org