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December 11, 2017

Our Florida Class A/B UST Operator Training Course Now Approved

Hello Florida UST Operators. Our Class A/B UST Operator Training course, has just been approved by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The course has been available for a number of years but now the DEP is required to approve all third party courses. And ours now is approved. Plus we’ve updated the material to include the recent changes to the Florida UST rules. Check it out!


November 13, 2017

Eight Methods to Motivate UST Operators

Here’s an oldie from the vault: I recently came across a copy of 2004 LUSTLine article: “I Don’t Train, I Enforce!”

I wrote about how to change behaviors in the UST world, giving state UST agencies ideas how to both inspire good behavior and discourage bad behavior using ideas from “Click” trainer Karen Pryor. The article received equal amounts of scorn and praise.

Clicking for Oil: The Tale of the Fuel Storage Tank Inspector

What do you think? Can these tools be used for UST compliance? Comments welcome.


November 13, 2017

What does a suspected release mean? Lessons from a recent UST explosion

Recently in Chicago, a suspected leaky UST system caused fugitive fuel vapors to travel over a mile through a city sewer line and catch fire, causing injury and damage. See the news clip here.

Our friends at Canary Compliance wrote a thoughtful blog post about the importance of alarm response and how remote alarm monitoring can help reduce missing critical alarms.

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November 9, 2017

Call for Abstracts for 2018 National Tanks Conference & Expo

Want to contribute to the next national tanks conference? The call for abstracts for the 2018 NTC has been posted on the NEIWPCC website. The conference will be held September 11-13, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. The conference planning team is particularly interested in presentations that focus on cross-programmatic issues addressing UST, LUST, and Financial Responsibility/State Funds. The call will remain open until February 9, 2018. All submissions are welcome!

Learn more here

Ben Thomas of UST Training has attended, helped organize, and/or presented at this important event every year since 1996, where, way back when, he presented a case why state UST agencies need to create web pages for UST services. Please consider attending this important UST event and hopefully sharing your expertise with a professional presentation. See you there!

November 8, 2017

UST Service Provider Mascott Links to UST Training

Our old friends at Mascott Equipment Company in Portland Oregon recently informed us they’d revamped their web page and added links to our Tank Savvy Minute videos. Check it out!

Owner and President Bill Mascott has been a great supporter of Class A/B training and has a long and productive history with the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Thanks Bill for helping get the word out!

November 8, 2017

Interested in selling online training courses? Check out Portable Web Shop

UST Training now has an exciting opportunity for companies who want to sell online training from their web page using an easy to install storefront, offering hundreds of online courses.

At UST Training, we’ve been leading the charge in online UST learning, due in part to our partnership with, who has hosted our courses since 2009. So check out the new Coggno Portable Web Shop.

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November 1, 2017

Last Live Oregon Class A/B courses for 2017

Ben Thomas of UST Training will be providing just two live classes in Oregon before the end of the year: tell your friends and sign up today!

OR (Point S Tire, 25 S. Mill Street, Creswell, OR 97426)
December 5, 2017
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Portland, OR
December 6, 2017
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Overview: Oregon has the distinction of being the first state in the US to require UST operator training back in 2003 and instructor Ben Thomas has trained the majority of UST operators in Oregon since then. This course will prepare students to become a certified Class A/B UST operator in Oregon. Attend this lively, interactive class to learn about UST rules, best management practices, and come away with practical advice about being a top notch UST operator. Seating is limited, sign up today!

Approval: This course is approved by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) approves this course by reciprocity.

Discounts: Oregon Fuel Association (OFA) members are eligible for a 25% class discount. Discounts are only valid at the time of purchase. If you are a member and need your discount coupon, email us. UST Training is a proud member of OFA.

Refresher: A refresher training is not required unless the UST owner receives a violation notice for significant non-compliance; then refresher training is mandatory. We do encourage voluntary refreshers to help you stay fresh on the content.

Free help: After you’re trained, new UST owners can qualify for a free site visit from the Oregon DEQ to help continue your education. Learn more.

Need Class C training as well? Register your staff today.


October 25, 2017

New Jersey UST Operator Training- Last But Not Least…

The Good News: The last state in the nation — New Jersey — is about to adopt UST operator training rules, along with the rest of the 2015 EPA UST amendments.

The Bad News: For Class A/B operators, New Jersey will only allow the use of specific live Class A/B Training and an ICC certification exam. UST Training won’t be able to offer online training to Class A/B operators.

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October 13, 2017

Friday the 13th and One Year to Go!

As you may know, one year from today, on October 13, 2018, the nation’s UST owners must have met a number of new Federal requirements. New compliance targets include:

  • Monthly walkthrough inspections,
  • Annual sump inspections and leak detection equipment function testing,
  • Tri-annual spill bucket and sump tightness testing, and overfill equipment function testing,
  • Emergency generator tanks must now do leak detection,
  • Class A/B and C UST operator training,
  • and a few more things.

UST owners have exactly one year to comply.

Except, not exactly.

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October 10, 2017

Lease Our New Class C Course

Want a price break on online Class C UST operator Training?

Have your own Learning Management System?

Need to integrate all of your employee training in-house?

With the release of the latest version of our online Class C UST Operator Training course, we want to remind our middle and large size customers that you can lease our course directly and run it on your company intranet. Chances are if your company runs and hosts a Learning Management System or LMS, you can save considerable time, money and resources through our lease option.

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