Here’s an example of what happens when UST regulations are ignored. Two California businessman accused of violating multiple UST requirements have been conditionally banned from owning or operating gas stations in California and are on the hook with other defendants for up to $4.25 million in fines and fees, following a multi-year investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board.
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Fortunately no one was injured at an explosion at a 7-Eleven gas station under construction in Philadelphia on March 12. The gas tank had been removed but contractors were working on removing beams on the island with a torch when apparently residual fuel in lines caused the blast.
Moral of the story: always be careful while working at a UST site and always perform continuous vapor monitoring until the job is complete.
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality has approved our online Virginia Class A/B UST Operator Training course. Check it out!
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Aloha Hawai’i Class A/B UST Operators:
Do you want to attend a live version of our Hawai’i Class A/B UST Operator Training course?
This is a great opportunity to attend a classroom style training which is not normally available in Hawaii AND take a state-approved program that will specifically teach the Hawaii regulations that became effective July 15, 2018. Plus bring any and all facility-specific questions.
Course: Class A/B UST Operator Training with the new UST regulations.
Date: March 19, 2019, 9 AM to 4 PM
Location: GP Energy Company, LLC, 707 Kakoi Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Cost: $325/person (free parking)
Includes: Explanation of the new rules. Free technical and regulatory advice about your particular UST site.
If you’re interested, Register Now. Seating is limited.
The UST Training team is saddened to share with the UST world that Steve Purpora, co-founder of UST Training, passed away unexpectedly on February 2, 2019. As noted in the PEI:
Since 2002, Purpora had been the president of Protanic Inc. and Purpora Engineering, the companies founded by his father, William. He was an active PEI member, including service on the Overfill, Release Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee and the Vapor Recovery Installation Committee.
Steve was well known in the industry and served on numerous PEI Recommended Practices committees. His efforts in the field of underground storage tanks prevented immeasurable damage to the environment.
We owe a great deal to Steve’s enthusiasm and drive, that helped create the vision that is UST Training today.
Steve is survived by his wife of almost 30 years, Michelle, and their three daughters: Ashley, Samantha and Sydney.
This in from Tennessee…where the UST operator training is free, but not necessarily taken.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC”) issued a proposed Order and Assessment (“Order”) to Warren County, Tennessee (“Warren County”), for alleged violation of certain provisions of the Tennessee Code addressing underground storage tanks (“USTs”). See Case No. UST 18-0118.
2018 – What an amazing year we had:
Thanks to each and everyone of you who helped make this a super successful year!
UST Training announces a formal partnership with the Oregon Fuels Association (OFA), creating some great benefits for OFA members, including:
UST Training has been working informally with OFA for many years and has been training UST operators in Oregon since 2003. This agreement makes official our years of working together to help Oregon UST operators be the best they can be.
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Attention Class A/B UST Operators: There’s a number of new testing requirements for your UST system. Need a simple explanation of what needs testing?
Use this easy to read table below that explains what you must do to comply. But remember: not every rule applies to every UST site. It depends on whether you have certain types of equipment (like an ATG) and whether you use that equipment to comply with the rules.
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