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April 2, 2020

Florida Class A/B Now Only $99

Great news for Florida Class A/B UST operators: we’ve reduced our price for Class A/B UST operators from $150.00 to only $99.00 per license. Our course is approved by the FL DEP and contains the all the new UST rules. Check it out!

See what operators have recently said after taking the Florida course:

“Very helpful. The information in this course helped us figure out our systems and pass our city UST inspection. We’re using this training to qualify several more Class A/B UST operators at our facility.”

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April 2, 2020

Texas Class A/B Now Only $99

Great news for Texas Class A/B UST operators: we’ve reduced our price for Class A/B UST operators from $150.00 to only $99.00 per license. Our course is approved by the TCEQ and contains the all the new UST rules. Check it out!

See what operators have recently said after taking the Texas course:

“Very good material, learned a lot.”

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April 1, 2020

Simple COVID-19 Summary, Including Rules of Protection

(Graciously shared from the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association)

COVID-19 “Flattening the Curve” & Protecting Yourself and Family – Summary
Source: Dr. Dave Price, Weill Cornell Medical Center, NYC – (video link below)
Social Distancing – You get COVID-19 from sustained contact with someone who has the disease (experiencing fever and aches) or someone who is about to get the disease…someone who in the next one to two days is going to develop symptoms of the disease. This is why social distancing is so important. Read on, there’s more to this.
Transmission of the DiseaseAlmost exclusively you transmit the virus from your hands to your face! It enters through your eyes, your nose or your mouth. Aerosolization, getting it through the air, occurs primarily with long, sustained, contact with someone…thought to be over 10-15 minutes of sustained contact in an unprotected environment..i.e. no mask or PPE. The overwhelming number contracting the disease are getting it from touching sick individuals or things they have touched and then touching their face.
Statement of Fact – COVID-19 is in your community…bar none! Reported cases or not, it is in your community. This is not to scare. Rather it is to empower you to protect.

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March 31, 2020

Stay Savvy, Stay Safe

Hello friends of UST Training: We’ve set up a web page dedicated to helping you navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation at it relates to your UST system by doing what you do best: Staying Savvy and Staying Safe. Stop by for updates.

Gas stations, convenience stores and supermarkets, still are considered essential services and will remain open. In order to stay open safely, UST owners should ensure:

  • Only healthy staff come to work,
  • All inside work surfaces and restrooms are sanitized continuously,
  • At the fueling island, all dispensers, nozzles, card readers and key pads be kept extra clean,
  • Daily checking of your automatic tank gauge continues,
  • Monthly release detection tests are conducted as usual,
  • Spill buckets are inspected, maintained and cleaned, and
  • Any suspected releases are responded to properly.

As new information becomes available we’ll be adding it to the links below. Stop by for updates.

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March 30, 2020

Weekly Virtual Chats with Ben Thomas Every Friday

We’re now offering free weekly chats via Zoom with UST Training founder Ben Thomas.

We want you to:

  • Get comfy with video conferencing,
  • Feel connected by chatting with your peers,
  • Ask questions about UST management affected by COVID-19,
  • Share your concerns and successes about balancing UST Compliance and the Coronavirus.

Sign up now for the virtual chat

Next Virtual Tank Savvy Talk with Ben
Friday, April 10, 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern

Drop in for this weekly 60-minute live video chat on Zoom with UST Training’s Ben Thomas and hear about what’s going on with USTs in light of the Coronavirus. It’s free! Watch and chat from any computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and mic. No experience required.
Register Now

Look for more weekly dates soon.

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March 30, 2020

Need Inspector Training?

You might not know it but UST Training’s team is one of the few Class A/B vendors that provides training for UST inspectors as well as operators. And lately we’ve received calls from state UST inspectors asking about training opportunities during the expected downtime for their homebound staff.  Here’s a few ideas for State, Federal and Tribal inspectors:

  • Take our state-specific Class A/B UST operator training course. If your state approves our online course, consider purchasing a number of licenses and share with your inspectors. Bulk discounts are available, just ask.
  • Have us provide a custom webinar on any UST topic. We’ve done hundreds of webinars on every possible UST topic and we can do private sessions for your inspectors. Send us a list of topics and we can offer you a quote. We can do an individual one-hour topic, a series of one-hour topics, or any combination to fit your inspectors needs.
  • Let us host a virtual meeting with your staff. Want to bring your staff together and have a virtual meeting while providing training? We have some great ideas about keeping your staff focused and learning. Just ask.


March 29, 2020

Oregon Full-Serve to Offer Temporary Self-Serve to Gas Stations

Attention Oregon Class A/B and C UST operators: As you may know, Oregon and New Jersey are the two states that require full service at nearly all gas stations and convenience stores. We recently received this important but temporary rule change from the Oregon Fuels Association.

After two long weeks of advocating for self-service relief, despite heavy opposition, the Governor has authorized fuel retail stations to offer self-service. This is not mandatory for station owners. This is also a temporary, emergency authorization that will be reauthorized every two weeks as this emergency continues. Finally, this does not change Oregon law for stations in counties who can currently offer retail self-service.
If you need to offer attended or unattended self-service, you must follow the instructions below.

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Great Video: What Actually Happens Underground at a Gas Station?

March 29, 2020

Our friends at Franklin Fueling published a great video about goes on at an underground storage tank (UST) system, during filling and dispensing, plus shows how all the parts work together to keep you safe.

Check it out and pass it on!


March 29, 2020

Be Careful When Testing Your Spill Buckets: Use the Correct Standard

(This just in from EPA)

Dear UST Community –

Some of you may have already seen that ASTM recently published a new standard for spill bucket and sump testing  We received several inquiries on whether this new standard meets the requirements of the federal UST regulation for spill prevention equipment or sump testing (40 CFR § 280.35). The 2015 UST regulation requires spill prevention and sump testing be done using a liquid, pressure, or vacuum test. The ASTM E3225-20 is visually based, and while a thorough visual check can always be beneficial, these procedures do not meet the requirements in 40 CFR § 280.35. 

If owners and operators follow this standard and do not perform the correct testing requirements, they will be in violation of the regulatory requirements, and subject to appropriate enforcement.  I am personally very concerned that some in our community might get confused by this.  Please help us in spreading the word that these procedures do not meet the requirements in 40 CFR § 280.35. 

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March 27, 2020

Critical UST Regs to Follow During The Coronavirus

We’re the first to admit it: keeping up with rapidly changing demands these days is hard enough without having to make sure you comply with every UST requirement.

However, there are still some simple things you can– and should– do every day, every month and as-needed. Given a little effort on your part, you can have a large impact on reducing the likelihood of a leak or spill from your UST system.

Here is our simplified UST management plan in times of emergencies. Or, put another way, Our Top 8 UST rules you should follow regardless. This is in addition to cleaning and disinfecting protocols listed here.

We sent this list to EPA’s top UST official for feedback prior to publishing. Here is what she said:

“I love your list. Hope you share it far & wide” -Carolyn Hoskinson, Director, EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks

Doing these 8 things will greatly reduce the risk of a problem impacting your customers, your staff, your property and your community. We recognize that all UST regulations are important and play a part in preventing problems, but if you can only do some of them, we’d pick these.*

Make sure:

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