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July 20, 2018

Washington State UST Rules Update

On July 18, 2018, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) repealed existing Chapter 173-360 WAC and adopted new Chapter 173-360A WAC, Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations.  The new chapter modifies and replaces the repealed chapter.  The new chapter will be published in the Washington State Register on August 1, 2018, and become effective on October 1, 2018.  Ecology will hold three trainings on the changes to the regulations on August 7-9, 2018.  For more information, read on.

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July 17, 2018

Hawaii UST Regulations are Effective

Please be advised that Hawaii’s updated Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 11-280.1 entitled Underground Storage Tanks are now effective. The official effective date is July 15, 2018.

You can view them now on our website through this link  http://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/underground-storage-tanks/.

Any questions please contact:

Thu Perry
Public Participation Coordinator
State of Hawaii
Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
2827 Waimano Home Road #100
Pearl City, HI  96782
808.586.4226

Two Overfill Videos: What Happened?

July 17, 2018

Calling all Class A/B UST Operators who like a good mystery:

We’ve added a few extended versions of UST overfills caught on video cameras at gas stations.

Watch each and see if you can determine what went wrong. Would operator training helped prevent these?

June 20, 2018

New EPA Sump and Spill Bucket Testing Updates

This just in from EPA: It should help Class A/B UST operators get ready for the new testing deadlines.

Dear UST Colleagues:

As many of you know, we developed questions and answers (Qs & As) to clarify implementation issues regarding the 2015 underground storage tank (UST) regulation, and we posted the Qs & As on the EPA UST website in a Technical Compendium.

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Should UST operators do their own maintenance work?

June 20, 2018

Another reminder to be careful with gasoline vapors and always hire out UST work where safety is in question.

“The co-owner of a local gas station here was killed this week when he and an employee were removing water from the vault of a vaulted tank system.  It was found out that they were using a shop vac to do the work when one of the tanks in the underground vault exploded killing the co-owner and severely injuring an employee. This is a sad example of why owners should leave routine maintenance work to the professionals who know what they’re doing.  It took over 24 hours for rescue crews to locate the body of the co-owner down in the vault.”

Special thanks to Ed Kubinsky of Crompco for sharing this sobering article.

Crews recover body of man trapped after Bensalem gas station explosion

May 30, 2018

20 years later and another deadline for EPA regulations

We found this old article about “new” EPA regulations back in 1998 as we’ve been updating all of our courses to new current EPA regulations. How times have changed. Check it out here.

May 30, 2018

UST Training is returning to the South Pacific for Live Training Courses

Ben Thomas is ready to head back to the Pacific Islands of Guam and Saipan in early June to lead 5 all day Class A/B training courses. We enjoyed uncovering this article describing his previous training classes there. You can read it here.

May 30, 2018

Attendee Registration is Open! 26th National Tanks Conference & Exposition

Attendee registration is now open for the 26th National Tanks Conference & Exposition.

The NTC will be held September 11-13, 2018, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. Pre-conference workshops are scheduled for September 10.

Ben Thomas of UST Training will offering a UST operator training workshop plus another speaking session, plus will have a booth there. Ben has been attending, organizing or presenting at this conference since 1996 (where he gave a talk about why state UST agencies should create web pages) and it’s really the premier national venue for UST professionals.

May 29, 2018

Our Hawaii Class A/B UST Operator Training Course Has Been Re-Approved

Aloha Hawai’i UST Operators. Our Class A/B UST Operator Training course has just been re-approved by the Department of Health (DOH). The course needed to be updated to account for the rule changes, which go into effect this summer.  Check it out!

And for a limited time we are offering a discount on all Hawai’i Class A/B licenses though June 30, 2018. When you check out, add the coupon code ALOHAUST and save 20%.

Or just really want a live class? Ben Thomas of UST Training has a one-day only live class in Honolulu August 1, 2018. Learn more.

 

 

May 25, 2018

New Employee Engagement App from our Friends at Coggno

As a Class A/B UST operator, how can you not only train your Class C operators, but change their behavior so they don’t miss a big problem? Is traditional training enough?

Imagine in this video that the office printer is a malfunctioning tank gauge. Imagine you thinking something wasn’t right. Imagine instantly alerting all your Class C UST operators via smartphones to be on the lookout for the problem. Imagine them responding immediately.

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