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January 11, 2022

Want to train every UST operator in your state? Let’s talk

At UST Training we’re not just here for answers; we want to give you solutions. The former is the bare bones of  “get ‘er done”; the latter is looking ahead and putting the problem into the context of tackling your long term goals.

Which is why we offer big things like training and entire state or Territory. For example, under contract with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), we’ve been offering online training to all qualifying Class A/B or C UST operators in the Grand Canyon State.

Since October 2020 we’ve certified over 550 Class A/B UST operators and over 1,000 Class C UST operators. That’s training a little over 1 Class A/B operator and 2 Class C operators per day, including holidays and weekend.  And all 100% online. No travel, no classroom logistics, no extra binders for no-shows, no lukewarm coffee at the break. The ADEQ reimburses UST Training for every completed course. UST Training provides the training online including all hosting, tech support and reporting. We’ve also trained all the UST operators in Guam, CNMI and the US Virgin Islands.

If you work for a state UST agency and would like to upgrade your existing solution with an eye towards to improving UST compliance on a large scale, give us a shout at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

Let’s talk.

 

Now Available: Video to Help You Prepare for Arizona DEQ Inspections

January 11, 2022

ADEQ inspectors can help you protect your investment in Arizona by identifying operating conditions that could lead to environmental contamination. Preventing releases from your UST system means avoiding lost inventory and the need for costly cleanup actions.

ADEQ wants you to be well-prepared for your next UST inspection, which could mean a shorter inspection with less business interruption for you and fewer deficiencies.

Click to watch video on YouTube >

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January 4, 2022

Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks and Piping: Straight Talk on Tanks

Here’s an updated version of the famous original that dates back to the 1990s. This booklet helps Class A/B UST operators understand the different leak detection methods for UST systems.

(EPA 510-K-20-002). August 2020.

This booklet provides easy-to-understand descriptions of several release detection methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the regulatory requirements for release detection. Release detection methods include: secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, automatic tank gauging, continuous in-tank leak detection, statistical inventory reconciliation, tank tightness testing with inventory control, manual tank gauging, groundwater monitoring, vapor monitoring, and release detection for underground piping.

January 4, 2022

UST System Compatibility with Biofuels

(EPA 510-K-20-001). July 2020.

This 21-page booklet discusses the 2015 UST compatibility requirements for tank systems storing biofuels and petroleum-biofuel blends. The booklet presents actions for minimizing the risk of a release from UST systems due to incompatibility.

UST System Compatibility with Biofuels (docx) (July 2020, 510-K-20-001)

January 4, 2022

PEI RP 900

Big news for states who require this form or any UST Class A/B who uses this super helpful 30-day inspection form. Ben Thomas of UST Training is proudly serving on this committee.

PEI RP900-21 was finalized and published at the end of December 2021. The updated practice is now available for purchase on TechStreet through PEI’s website at www.PEI.org/rp900.

I would like to personally thank Chairman Brad Hoffman and each of the committee members for your dedication and service to make RP900-21 a great practice and a useful resource for the petroleum industry.

Best Regards,

Scott C. Boorse
Director of Technical Programs & Industry Affairs
918.236.3975 | 610-513-6542 | Tulsa, OK

[email protected]

January 1, 2022

What Our 2022 Looks Like

Even with the pandemic’s impacts on business and life in general in 2021, our team at UST Training had an amazing year, helping UST operators learn about proper alarm response, avoid common violations, keep their communities safe from leaking UST sites, and of course get state-certified as Class A/B and C UST operators.

What will 2022 look like? We plan to:

  • Expand our Class A/B course offering in the few remaining states we’re not yet approved in.
  • Revise, tweak and update our existing Class A/B courses.
  • Attend a growing number of trade shows and conferences (masked if required, vaccinated regardless).
  • Train even more operators in the states where we offer free training (Arizona and Iowa).
  • Train state and Federal UST inspectors via scheduled webinars.
  • Expand our Lease program for companies who have lots of Class C’s to train and need an in-house, cost-effective solution.
  • Increase our Affiliate program, allowing companies to make passive income selling our A/B and C courses.
  • Provide more UST community building on our Friday Tank Savvy chat’s. 
  • Look for ways to improve our products based on customer feedback.
  • Offer multi-state solutions for companies with lots of USTs in different states.
  • Create more Tank Savvy Minute videos.

How can we help YOU be a better UST owner, operator or inspector? Let us know.

January 1, 2022

What Being Tank Savvy Means

Over ten years ago we started using the word Savvy as a way to describe what we wanted you –the UST operator– to be. It started with our nationally viewed YouTube series Tank Savvy Minute, moved onto stickers we give out at trade shows (“I’m Tank Savvy”), helped you move through Covid-19 with our “Stay Savvy Stay Safe” campaign and now describes our new improved training platform LearnSavvy.
But did you know that our favorite word Savvy is a noun, adjective and a verb?

Savvy as a noun: shrewdness and practical knowledge; the ability to make good judgments.

“The tank owner had the necessary environmental savvy.”
Similar: shrewdness, astute, sharp-wittedness,, intelligence, wit, canniness, common sense, discernment, insight, understanding, perceptiveness, knowledge.

Savvy as an adjective: shrewd and knowledgeable; having common sense and good judgment.

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December 30, 2021

CT Adopts New UST rules

Good news from my home state of Connecticut. The DEEP adopted UST rules in December 2021 and take affect pretty much right now. We’re updating our CT Class A/B UST Operator Training course to reflect these new changes which include:

  • Testing spill buckets every 3 years.
  • Removing all ball float valves by 2022.
  • Release detection for emergency power generator USTs.
  • (Interestingly) the prohibition of field-constructed tanks and certain airport hydrant systems.
  • Extra testing requirements for spill buckets, sumps and overfill devices.
  • Testing sumps every 3 years instead of every 5 years.
  • Additional requirements for record keeping for E10+ and B20+ fuels.

Our revised course is being submitted and should be updated soon.

Any CT UST rule questions, please contact us. 

December 30, 2021

UST Inspectors Need Training?

Need State or Federal UST inspector training this upcoming year? But concerned about potential travel restrictions due to Covid-19 in 2022?

We’ve got a simple solution: Live, interactive webinars for you and your team of UST inspectors.

Ben Thomas of UST Training is one of the few UST operator trainers who also provides training for UST inspectors at a state, regional or even national level. Last year Ben offered many webinars across the US that were very well attended and well received.

Ben can work with groups of any size: from a small handful to over 100. He also offers anything from one-hour to 5 days, depending on the topics you want covered. He’s happy to use whatever platform you prefer: Zoom, Teams, WebEx or others.

Interested? Contact Ben at 360-3214776 or [email protected]

 

December 28, 2021

When Even Big Companies Ignore Alarms…

You know if a large company can be found to be ignoring the warning signs of a big leak, then certainly you, the corner convenience store owner, can too.

Texas pipeline company charged in California oil spill

So, please: if your tank monitor says anything other than “all functions normal” verify you know what the blinking red light means. If you’re not sure, contact your supervisor or petroleum service provider. If it looks serious, contact someone right away.

We go to great lengths in our Class A/B UST operator training classes to explain what alarms mean and why immediate response is necessary. Remember: Your mission is not to end up as one of our stories.