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May 24, 2022

Avoid Fuel Tank Theft: Lock Your Fill Pipes

It’s great to see an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) in the news but it’s not so good when it’s showing how thieves stole hundreds of gallons of gasoline from an unsuspecting UST owner.

Many operators do not lock their fuel tanks. Please take a moment and purchase some high-quality locks and make sure your fill pipes are secure. With a high price of fuel these days, security of your fill openings is now more important than ever.

 

May 17, 2022

Free Webinar: Leveraging Internet Technology for Better UST Compliance

Join UST Training founder Ben Thomas for a special one-hour webinar to help UST operators improve operational compliance by better understanding available web-based technologies.

Date:   Wednesday June 8, 2022
Time:  10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time
Cost:    FREE

There are plenty of digital tools out there to improve UST compliance if you know what’s available. See what’s out there, what works, and why you should consider these at-your-fingertips technological solutions. Learn about online solutions for inventory, test results, alarm response, monthly inspections, advanced ATG features, compliance scheduling reporting, UST operator training (of course) and more!

Intended Audience: Anyone in your team who manages UST compliance who is looking for ways to streamline company procedures: HR, environmental, e-learning, fueling, or general operations.

Register now!

And feel free to pass this along to friends and coworkers.

May 17, 2022

EPA Recorded Webinar: USTs: Preparing and Responding to Extreme Events

Ben Thomas of UST Training recently attended an EPA Webinar: Underground Storage Tanks: Preparing and Responding to Extreme Events on April 13th, 2022.

Summary: Climate change and extreme weather events are increasingly important in how we prevent, prepare and respond to management of underground storage tanks. Former Senior Director for Resilience Policy in the National Security Council, Alice Hill, framed this issue as, “We are colliding with a future of extremes. We base all our choices about risk management on what’s occurred in the past, and that is no longer a safe guide.” The fuel supply network and its infrastructure are critical elements in the supply chain to prepare for and address in the recovery of disasters. As an example, in Hurricane Harvey, the ability of emergency managers to understand post-storm supply chain issues was constrained by limited pre-storm assessment of vulnerable and critical supply chain nodes.

The recording of the presentation is available here

 

 

PEI Developing E-Learning Platform

May 17, 2022

As a PEI member, and with Ben Thomas being on the board of PEI, we are always excited to share new initiatives the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has to offer its members in the UST community at large.

See Jason Blake explain the 5 PEI initiatives, with learning being #1!

Look forward to more updates shortly.

 

UST Operator Training Can Prevent This From Happening

May 16, 2022

The Seattle Times in our home state of Washington did a great job explaining the legacy of old and potentially leaking UST systems. Check it this well researched and presented story by David Kroman.

Aging gasoline storage tanks in WA pose environmental hazard, but many owners can’t afford cleanup

 

Where to find us in 2022

April 28, 2022

With the lifting of Covid restrictions and the return of conferences, trade shows and classroom trainings, we are busier than ever in 2022.

Here are some cities we’ll be at this year: If you are even remotely nearby, please look us up!

  • Miami (convention)
  • Honolulu (trade show)
  • Buffalo (live class)
  • Anchorage and Fairbanks  (live classes)
  • Phoenix and Tucson (live classes)
  • Spokane (live classes)
  • Guam (live classes)
  • Pittsburgh (national tanks conference)
  • Las Vegas (trade show)
  • Lexington (conference)

Check out our schedule webpage for exact times, dates and locations.

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben Thomas at one of these cities? Call 866-301-8265 or email [email protected]

 

April 15, 2022

Our Kentucky Class A/B Course Now Approved and Online

We are excited to announce that the Kentucky UST Branch (USTB) has approved our online Class AB operator training course. Now Kentucky operators have access to our nationally recognized, motivational, and down to earth lessons about how to be a great UST operator.

Check it out!

Currently the Kentucky UST Branch course is not available so if you need training right now to stay in compliance, now you have a solution.

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April 11, 2022

New Training Solution: Be a UST Training Sponsor

Do you have a large group of Class A/B or C UST operators who require training?

Do you want to provide training at no cost to the operator?

UST Training now provides a training solution for organizations who need to ensure UST operators are trained on a statewide, regional or even national scale. As examples, the UST agencies in Arizona and Iowa currently provide UST training at no cost to the operator and reimburse us, the third party training vendor.

Other questions to consider:

  • Do your operators need to be motivated or incentivized to get trained?
  • Do you have a risk reduction budget to help off-set the cost of just one leaking UST site?
  • Do you need a proven solution to track completion or certificates?
  • Do you need expert technical support for your trainees?
  • Do you need a predictable, consistent invoice / do you have a fixed training budget?

Who can sponsor?

  • State UST agencies who provide or wish to provide no-cost training to UST operators, such as Arizona, Iowa, or… your state or territory?
  • State UST agencies that offer free live training but wish to move to an online platform without having to create a system from scratch.
  • Insurance companies who want to reduce claims by providing free training to their policyholders.
  • Buyers groups and trade organizations who want to offer member benefits like risk reduction and education.
  • Franchisers who require franchisees to meet state UST training rules.

Real Life Example

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April 6, 2022

Need National UST Guidance? Check Out EPA’s Web Page

As a Class A/B UST operator, if are a serious UST regulations geek (like us at UST Training) this essential list of Federal regulatory interpretations of UST rules is a must.

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Technical Compendium about the 2015 UST Regulation

This compendium contains EPA’s interpretations and guidance about the 2015 underground storage tank (UST) regulation.  Questions and answers are presented in these categories:

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March 23, 2022

Fuel Theft Report from Colorado: Please Share

Periodically we get requests about preventing thefts at convenience stores. This very helpful article shared by the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety and re-shared by our friends at the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWMPA) is really worth passing on to people who are concerned about theft.

This was news to us: thieves somehow electrically isolate certain dispensers from the main point of sale system and pump $50,000 worth of fuel without being charged.

From CWPMA:

Our friends at OPS reached out to provide some courtesy information relative to the publicized fuel theft incident that occurred in Aurora.

Please see below and thank you to Mahesh, Zach and the OPS team.

I’m sure you heard the news story about gas theft in Aurora:

https://kdvr.com/news/local/50000-gas-theft-caught-on-camera/

Apparently $50,000 worth of gas and diesel was stolen by “remote control” at the retail dispensers on March 14th. I want to share what our inspectors found so you can do the same with your members to prevent this from happening at their stores.

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