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December 21, 2023

The UST Program Turned 35 on December 22

If you were new to the underground storage tank (UST) universe, you might not know that December 22 is an important day on the pollution prevention calendar. Thirty five years ago, in 1988, EPA adopted national Underground Storage Tank regulations that would transform how we manage fuels underground and protect millions of Americans from being impacted by polluted drinking water supplies.

Check out the milestones of the UST program nationwide.

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, is proud to have been a part of this industry since even before 1988. Ben oversaw the removal of leaky USTs in Vermont in 1986-87 and went on to help the State of Alaska get through the December 22, 1998 national UST upgrade deadline. Over the last 25 years, Ben has dedicated his efforts exclusively to pollution prevention, including networking, sharing ideas, education, and just helping people understand why managing UST system safely makes good business sense.

Likewise, many Class A/B and C UST operators, state, federal and tribal regulators, as well as service providers have all done their part to make this one of the most successful environmental programs to date. Here are some of the successes based on your efforts.

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December 14, 2023

Leveraging the Internet for Better UST Compliance

Please check out our article in Fuels Market News, “Leveraging the Internet for Better UST Compliance”, especially if you missed our free webinars on the topic this past year. There are plenty of digital tools out there to improve UST compliance if you know what’s available. Discover here what’s out there, what works, and why you should consider these at-your-fingertips technological solutions for inventory, test results, alarm response, monthly inspections, advanced ATG features, compliance scheduling reporting, UST operator training (of course) and more!

 

 

UST Training x Titan Cloud Webinar: Advances in UST Alarm Management

November 27, 2023

In case you missed our excellent webinar last week. Here is a copy available on YouTube. Special thanks to Jon Kelly of Titan Cloud!

November 6, 2023

Tank Management Services: Our latest Affiliate Partner

USTTraining.com is pleased to announce that Tank Management Services, Inc, (TMS) from Topeka, Kansas is now an official affiliate of our online Class C operator training courses.

Check it out!

According to their web page: TMS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fuel True Independent Energy and Convenience Association and provides a complete line of services to help tank owners with UST/AST compliance: A/B operator training, class C training, leak detection for USTs, inventory control training, risk management & loss control as well as tank audits.  TMS also provides motor fuel tax filers with electronic data interchange (EDI) for filing returns with the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Create passive income with links to our training! It’s easy with our UST Affiliate program! Want to learn more?

What’s wrong with this bathroom?

November 2, 2023

Placing your automatic tank gauge (ATG) in a secure location is a very important part of managing your UST system correctly. What happened here?!

If you have any pictures of automatic tank gauges located where they probably shouldn’t be, please feel free to share them at [email protected].

 

October 17, 2023

Look for our Tank Savvy Logo

In 2012 we introduced the idea of being Tank Savvy to the UST industry through our free online training videos on YouTube. (See what we mean by being Tank Savvy.)

In 2023 we begin adding the “I’m Tank Savvy”  logo to all of our certificates of completion and state Class A/B course Study guides, and you’ll be seeing it appear it in all our training lessons going forward.

Here at UST Training, we just don’t provide you with the opportunity to complete training to secure certificates to meet the minimum state requirements. We provide you inspirational, motivational content, plus our expert advice, to make you the best operator you can be. Basically, to be Tank Savvy.

And a special thanks to the over one million UST operators we’ve trained online since 2007, as well as all the folks we’ve provided live training to over the years. Your ability to be top notch operators is our greatest measurement of success. Overall we are seeing a national decline in UST violations, leaks and spills. We want to think we’ve done our own part to make things safer for America’s precious drinking water supplies.

October 13, 2023

State UST Agencies Like our Tank Savvy Videos

We recently learned that UST inspectors in Georgia refer new UST owners to watch our popular Tank Savvy Minute video series. Thanks Georgia!

We also just learned that our Tank Savvy videos are posted on the Florida DEP UST webpage. Check it out. Thanks Florida!

What other agencies link to us?

Feel free to add a link to your webpage to help get the word out about how to be the best UST operator you can be. This is particularly important for new Class A/B UST operators who might need simple explanations about all the UST parts: how they work, what they look like, and how all the parts work togther to keep us safe from leaking UST systems.

Want to learn how to link to us? Contact [email protected]

 

October 11, 2023

Estimated 31K gallons of fuel leaked from Taunton gas station

Why is Class A/B UST operator training important?

In what appears to be another throwback to the 1990s: an unfortunate situation involving a very large leak of gallons of fuel into the ground in a neighborhood. This had to have been a catastrophic single event leak or a steady release over time, which contemporary leak detection technologies should’ve caught. How was this missed?

 

September 29, 2023

Major Walla Walla gas station leak fouling the ground beneath historic Marcus Whitman hotel, federal post office

As I read this story about my home state of Washington, this article feels like a throwback to the 1980s and ’90s, when there were leaky tanks seemingly everywhere. And not just small leaks, but major events like the one covered below. There’s quite a complex story here as far as determining the source and extent of the impact that leaky underground fuel tanks cause. It is a good reminder however that major leaks can still occur even today, 35 years after the enactment for Federal UST rules. Class A/B UST operators, read on:
NWNews | Photo and story by Anna King
Published September 21, 2023 at 3:14 PM PDT

In the swish burg of Walla Walla known for agriculture, top-rate wine and food and tourism, a mess is unfurling downtown – underground.

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September 29, 2023

Lots of Free UST Webinars Through 2023

UST Training is proud to offer the following free webinars for anyone interested in being UST Tank Savvy! Class A/B operators, service providers, inspectors, and professionals in the UST industry are welcome to join.

 

Fridays

Join us Most Every Friday, 10:00 -11:00 AM Pacific Time

Meet Tank experts. Build your network of UST professionals. Share and learn about UST compliance.

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 nationwide. It’s free and fun! We want you to: Meet other UST professionals, Feel connected by chatting with your peers, Ask questions about UST management, Share your concerns and successes with UST Compliance.

Register now!

 

 

October, 2023

Cutting Through the Noise: Advances in UST Alarm Management
Tuesday, Oct 24, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
Join Jon Kelly of Titan Cloud as we explore how retailers in the fuel industry can effectively handle the increasing complexity and volume of equipment alarms. We’ll discuss:
  • The challenges being faced by retailers
  • The role of technology in filtering alarm noise
  • Cutting alarm related costs

Register now!

 

 

November, 2023

Achieve Optimal Compliance at High Throughput C-stores and Travel Centers
Wednesday, Nov 8, 2023 10:00-11:00 AM AM Pacific Time
When is selling too much fuel a problem? From an accurate leak detection perspective, it can be a big deal. You may not be aware that consistent compliance at a high-throughput fuel location can be a challenge for any operator. Warren Rogers will provide insights on overcoming compliance-related issues for optimal leak detection and fulfilling regulatory requirements.

Register now!

 

 

December, 2023

Back by Popular Demand: How to Keep Your UST Inspector Happy
December 6, 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time
Ben Thomas, President of UST Training will host another a six-person webinar panel to discuss industry tips on how to keep your UST inspector happy. In other words, how to have a successful UST compliance inspection. The speakers include:

  • Ed Kubinsky, OWL/Crompco, Plymouth Meeting, PA
  • Don Reeves, Mascott Equipment, Portland, OR
  • Adam Sansoucy, EG America, Westborough, MA
  • Javed Surani, Your Environmental Specialist, Beaumont, TX
  • Greg Bareta, Wisconsin DATCP
  • Brett Smith, MT DEQ, Helena, MT

Attendees will hear from UST inspectors, service technicians, and operators about the do’s and dont’s of getting ready for and conducting yourself during a UST government compliance inspection. Plus they’ll learn how to avoid penalties, enforcement actions, and red tag shut down.

Register now!