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July 21, 2021

UST Training Offers Free Support Through Oneida Nation Virtual UST Boot Camp

The Oneida Nation UST Compliance Assistance Program is please to announce the launch of our virtual UST Training Portal. Please follow the link below to register and take a tour and go through the modules and see what we’ve done!  Please contact us with any questions or concerns. Content for this training will continue to be developed. Plans include functionality testing, C-Operator responsibilities, tank removals and installs. Included on the training portal are links to other learning resources. Thanks again and enjoy. https://ust.oneida-nsn.gov/portal/register.php

UST Training is part of the Virtual UST Boot Camp to provide technical assistance about UST operator training to Indian Country UST operators nationwide.

UST Training also offers self-paced Indian Country Class A/B and C UST operator training. Click here to learn more.

July 21, 2021

National UST Compliance at a Glance

New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data shows that the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations are doing their job. Compliance with key UST performance measures is climbing. However, the nation’s backlog of yet-to-be-cleaned-up UST sites remains high. The Semiannual 2021 Fiscal Year UST Performance Report (October 2020 – March 2021) shows impressive gains in compliance rates, as compared to the Semiannual 2020 Fiscal Year UST Performance Report (October 2019 – March 2020).

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Active UST count declines. When the 2015 EPA regulations were issued, the U.S. had 569,340 operating USTs. The semiannual 2021 report shows that number has fallen to 540,329. C-store consolidation doubtless has played a role in the decline. Another factor is how fuel marketers are responding to the regulations. For some owners and operators, closing an aging UST system is a reasonable alternative to investing in costly testing, inspection and upgrades.

Cleanup backlog persists. The semiannual 2021 report shows 2,395 confirmed releases and 3,439 completed cleanups between October 2020 and March 2021. Nationwide, 63,048 cleanups have yet to be completed. That is down from 63,677 one year ago and 72,248 in 2015.

July 21, 2021

States in Review: AZ, CT, DE, HI, IA, FL, NE, NM

There’s lots going on around the US in the world of UST systems: here’s a summary. Find your state or states and learn more.

Arizona: ADEQ is rolling out MyDEQ this July, which will basically allow each UST operator to create an online account to ADEQ and manage all “paperwork” virtually. Learn more.

Arizona: We still offer free training to qualifying Class A/B and C UST operators. Learn more.

Connecticut: Our online Class A/B course has been approved by the CT DEEP. Start training now.

Delaware: Look for us to be offering online, state-approved Class A/B training shortly. DE is allowing third party vendors to train in-state and our course is under review.

Hawaii: We’re offering a live Class A/B UST operator training course in Honolulu this October, pending enough enrollment. Learn more.

Iowa: The IOWA DNR has revised their UST rules and UST Training has updated our slides to include the new rules.

Iowa: We still offer free training to qualifying Class A/B and UST operators. Learn more.

Nebraska: We’ll be training all the NE UST inspectors this fall in Lincoln. Need your own inspector course? Contact us.

New Mexico: New UST regulations go into effect July 24, 2021, including spill/overfill/sump testing, emergency power generator release detection and other Federally-based requirements. Learn more.

July 21, 2021

Come to the Big PEI Show in Chicago This October

As an honored PEI Board Member, I want to personally invite each and every one of you to the PEI Show in Chicago this October 5-8, 2021. Whether you are a UST operator, compliance manager, installer, tester or regulator, there is something here for you.

The PEI Convention at the NACS Show is the event of the year for the fuel and fluid handling equipment and services industry! With a wealth of educational sessions and networking opportunities–along with 3 days of the trade show–you’ll be able to expand your networking contacts and knowledge quickly–and your bottom line.

And make sure to stop by our booth 4050

 

 

July 21, 2021

We’ve Made Our Courses Better, Stronger, Faster

If you’ve taken our course in the past, and you take a refresher lately, you’ll notice our courses now run a lot faster. We’ve spent the spring and summer fine tuning our slides, making little corrections and compressing the digital files so the lessons load faster and ultimately make a great course a little greater.

Check out our listings of Class A/B courses (approved in 29 states, more pending) and our Class C courses (all states, CA pending)

July 21, 2021

Look for our training links at NEIWPCC

Our friends at NEIWPCC (pronounced NEW EE PICK) have graciously linked to our online Class A/B and C UST operator training courses.

Check it out!

Ben Thomas is a contributor to NEIWPCC’s LUSTLine newsletter and is on the LUSTLine editorial board. Ben’s NEIWPCC history goes back to 1986 where he was sporting a very early LUST-Buster t-shirt as a state inspector in Vermont. And in case you were wondering: LUST = Leaking Underground Storage Tank. 🙂

 

July 19, 2021

Training Your UST Operators: What’s the Best Option?

Ben Thomas of UST Training was recently published in the quarterly WPMA Magazine about how to select the best training option, depending on your company’s needs. Check it out.

Special thanks to the WPMA team for granting us a spot in the magazine plus the great formatting!

And like always, if you need help figuring out how to best train your team, contact us for a free consultation. 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

 

July 14, 2021

Our Connecticut Class A/B Course is Approved and Online

Great News! Our online Class A/B UST Operator Training course has been approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and is available for purchase now. Check it out!

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July 13, 2021

Possible Live UST Class in Hawaii Oct. 21

Aloha Hawaii Class /B UST Operators. Hope you are all safe and well and perhaps feeling a bit lighter now that COVID 19 restrictions are lifting.

Are you or anyone on your team interested in attending a live Hawaii Class A/B UST operator training course this October? I will be on Oahu attending a petroleum trade show and would like to offer an open-to-the-public Class A/B course, pending sufficient enrollment. 

  • Date Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Time 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes Class, exam, handouts, certificates of completion
  • Cost $300/person, group discounts available
  • Location Honolulu

Yes, I’m interested!

October seems like a long ways off but if you think you or someone you know might be interested, please send me a note. And feel free to share with other UST owners and operators.

Also we are looking for a training room that I could use in exchange for a reduced training rate. Based on my last class in Oahu I need a room to comfortably seat about 30 people. Any leads appreciated.

Mahalo,

Ben Thomas
Senior Trainer
866-301-8265
[email protected]

 

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June 25, 2021

Large Overfill in PA Impacts School

Last week I was literally telling a classroom full of of UST operators that UST overfills aren’t that common anymore when someone emailed this article.

Delco school grounds dug up after thousands of gallons of gasoline spill from gas station

So right after the break I had to inform that class that indeed overfills still do happen. I’m not used to seeing such a terrible set of circumstances (massive overfill, dead fish, polluted school grounds) since the early 1990’s.

I’m not exactly sure how this happened, or why it took so long for the PA DEP to be notified. But stay tuned for details as I try to figure it out. The last thing you want is to end up on this blog post 🙂