We’re starting to hear more definitive chatter from our sources that the proposed Federal UST rule revisions will be adopted in late 2014 or early 2015. These changes formally adopt the provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act (operator training, interstitial mandate, red tags etc.) plus adds a number of critical, missing, and/or overdue actions such as spill bucket inspections, sump testing, monthly walk through inspection and more.
When will this affect the typical tank operator? The short answer is not for a while. Even when passed, each state will have to adopt the changes into their state rules, which might take a few years. Plus each of the rules has a different phase in date. So we suspect it’ll be another 3-5 years before all the rules are adopted in all the states.
Should I wait and see what happens? No. This is not to say you shouldn’t be looking ahead and planning for the future. Fortunately if you’ve taken our Class A/B training you’ll recognize that most of the proposed changes are things we’ve been recommending for a while So those of you who’ve begun doing things like voluntary monthly inspections not only will be ready when it’s required but you’ll appreciate why it’s so important in the first place.
Stay tuned as we start helping our readers prepare the changes.