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Most common UST violations are... - UST Training

May 21, 2014

logoThe Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials or ASTSWMO recently published a report summarizing the most common UST violations in the US, which can be seen as a big help for those UST operators that want to avoid problems in the first place. The report combed though a staggering 32,000+ violations nationwide between 2010 and 2012. The report found the top three violation areas:

04.5-05a suspect2#1: Release detection for piping saw the greatest number of violations on average. Since most releases today come from piping, this should concern you. The report showed:

  • 51% not keeping records.
  • 19% not doing annual line tightness testing.
  • 17%  not doing monthly testing (sump sensors, electric line leak detectors, SIR).
  • 9% not doing leak detector function testing (this seems low).
  • 4% having equipment not functioning or installed correctly.

Take home lessons: It’s the piping. Keep your records and check your sumps.

 04-32 ATG history#2: Release detection for tanks saw the second most number of violations. Similar to piping:

  • 41% having record keeping violations.
  • 39% not doing the monthly 0.2 GPH test
  • 13% not doing general release detection (not sure what this meant.)
  • 7% having equipment not functioning or installed correctly.

Take home lessons: Just because you think you’re doing leak detection doesn’t mean you are. Keep your records and check your tank monitor.

 

Note the large crack in the bottom of the spill bucket: A trained Class A/B operator would know this is bad.

Note the large crack in the bottom of the spill bucket: A trained Class A/B operator would know this is bad.

#3: Spill Prevention (Spill buckets and overfill devices) were the third most likely place to have a violation, and, no surprises here:

  • 64% of devices not functional.
  • 34% not being cleaned and maintained (probably mostly spill buckets.)
  • 2% not being tested (though this is not a national requirement yet.)

 Take home lessons: Clean em, fix ’em, test ’em.

 

Here’s the complete report

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