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July 19, 2021

Training Your UST Operators: What’s the Best Option?

Ben Thomas of UST Training was recently published in the quarterly WPMA Magazine about how to select the best training option, depending on your company’s needs. Check it out.

Special thanks to the WPMA team for granting us a spot in the magazine plus the great formatting!

And like always, if you need help figuring out how to best train your team, contact us for a free consultation. 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

 

July 14, 2021

Our Connecticut Class A/B Course is Approved and Online

Great News! Our online Class A/B UST Operator Training course has been approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and is available for purchase now. Check it out!

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July 13, 2021

Possible Live UST Class in Hawaii Oct. 21

Aloha Hawaii Class /B UST Operators. Hope you are all safe and well and perhaps feeling a bit lighter now that COVID 19 restrictions are lifting.

Are you or anyone on your team interested in attending a live Hawaii Class A/B UST operator training course this October? I will be on Oahu attending a petroleum trade show and would like to offer an open-to-the-public Class A/B course, pending sufficient enrollment. 

  • Date Thursday, October 21, 2021
  • Time 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Includes Class, exam, handouts, certificates of completion
  • Cost $300/person, group discounts available
  • Location Honolulu

Yes, I’m interested!

October seems like a long ways off but if you think you or someone you know might be interested, please send me a note. And feel free to share with other UST owners and operators.

Also we are looking for a training room that I could use in exchange for a reduced training rate. Based on my last class in Oahu I need a room to comfortably seat about 30 people. Any leads appreciated.

Mahalo,

Ben Thomas
Senior Trainer
866-301-8265
[email protected]

 

Photo @jeepersmedia via Flickr

June 25, 2021

Large Overfill in PA Impacts School

Last week I was literally telling a classroom full of of UST operators that UST overfills aren’t that common anymore when someone emailed this article.

Delco school grounds dug up after thousands of gallons of gasoline spill from gas station

So right after the break I had to inform that class that indeed overfills still do happen. I’m not used to seeing such a terrible set of circumstances (massive overfill, dead fish, polluted school grounds) since the early 1990’s.

I’m not exactly sure how this happened, or why it took so long for the PA DEP to be notified. But stay tuned for details as I try to figure it out. The last thing you want is to end up on this blog post 🙂


7/28/2021 Update: Fuel delivery driver charged in massive, ‘intentional’ Delco gas spill, DA says

PLLD Shut Down Alarm Means….What?

May 28, 2021

UST Operators who have been properly trained know to look out for alarms on their ATG or Automatic Tank Gauge. But one alarm on the Veeder Root TLS 350 has caused some confusion over the years: PLLD Shut Down.

What does it mean? The answer might surprise you. Check out the humorous video our friends at Canary Compliance put together to explain.

Have an alarm that doesn’t make sense? Sign up for our Virtual Tank Savvy Talk on Fridays and have the UST experts explain. Register today.

Need UST Inspector Training?

May 26, 2021

When he’s not training Class A/B courses around the country, Ben Thomas of UST Training has been busy this year doing live webinars for State and Federal UST inspectors. Webinars have been a simple solution to address the challenges of travel in the time of Covid.

Ben recently provided live webinars for EPA Region 10 (Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho) and EPA Region 3 (Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, Delaware, West Virginia and Virginia). Some lessons were for beginners and some were for advanced inspectors. For Region 10, Ben invited veteran service tech Don Reeves of Mascott Equipment to offer real-world field tech perspectives. Likewise, Ed Kubinsky of Crompco, a well respected service tech, speaker and PEI RP committee member, spoke to Region 3 inspectors and offered a “boots on the ground” view about the problems and successes of implementing all the new tests.

Feedback from the recent EPA Region 3 class:

I appreciated the multiple perspectives that each presenter brought to the webinar. The experiences from the field are a valuable insight for a person on the regulator side.

Ben and Ed were very knowledgeable, and their experience in this field over the years provided great insight!

I enjoyed the way things were broken down as simple as it was for things that can be so technical.

I liked that you used lots of photos and explained what we were seeing…also the smoothness of the presenters….it wasn’t boring….

Ben is one of the few operator trainers that also trains UST inspectors as well. And he works with regional service technical experts to make sure his audience doesn’t just know the UST rules but is able to get invaluable field perspectives.

Want your own inspector webinar? Contract Ben at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

May 26, 2021

There’s a New Sump Test in Town: Meet Dri-Sump

Can a fog machine and lasers find leaks in containment sumps? Read more.

UST Training recently collaborated with Dri-Sump to provide refresher training to Montana licensed UST workers. We were very impressed with some new sump testing technology so we’d like to share it with you.

“Developed by AC’CENT Environmental Services, Inc., Dri-sump® is an EPA-approved containment-tightness testing technology that delivers digitally recorded pinpoint testing accuracy to 0.05 gph in just 60 seconds and uses no water and creates zero waste.Instead of water, the system uses a food-grade, pH-neutral, non-petroleum vapor aerosol that is injected into the sump, filling a 300-gallon sump in 10-15 seconds; after the test, the vapor dissipates in about 10 minutes. After injecting the aerosol vapor, an air generator “pulls” the gases from the sump into a viewing chamber that is connected to a Vapor Stimulator Tube (VST), where a laser is introduced. If the viewer sees a green laser “dot,” there is no leak and the sump passes the test. If a green “line” is observed, a leak has been detected.”

Learn more about Dri-Sump

As you know from your training, UST operators need to tightness test their sumps and spill buckets every three years. And conventional hydrostatic testing, involving managing large quantities of potential oily test water, can be expensive.

Want to learn more? Contact Dri-Sump and learn more about this new test method.

2021 Trade Shows Begin This Week

May 26, 2021

After a year of no travel, the team at UST Training is excited to be back on the road attending a number of petroleum trade shows around the country. For a complete list of shows we’ll be at click here.

We are cautiously optimistic that with widespread vaccinations, proper masking and social distancing, and a bit of faith and courage, folks will be able and willing to attend these important events. Hope to see at some of these show soon!

Want to meet Ben or Tammy at one of these shows and talk about Class A/B or C UST operator in person? Call us to set up an appointment at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

And see you at the show!

Creative Ideas for UST Operator Training

May 26, 2021

Online training for doesn’t have to be a boring or lonely exercise.

We recently helped a company set up a Class A/B UST operator training course in a very creative way and we wanted to share this idea to encourage you come up with inventive ways to train your team.

A c-store chain in the Midwest wanted a live class since their group of store managers was coming together for the first time since COVID-19 for a big staff meeting anyway: why not get everyone Class A/B trained on the same trip? But due to schedule conflicts (and cost), we were unable to to offer the class live. So here’s what we came up with. Employees of the company:

  • Purchased a dozen or so self-paced Class A/B courses,
  • Got a classroom at a local community college with enough computers for each person,
  • Watched the self-paced course together and discussed each lesson as they went along.
  • Took the final exam independently, and
  • Invited (and this is the really cool part) a local UST state inspector to come after class and discuss the UST rules.

Don’t think you are limited by time, geography, or even normal training conventions. Think how you can make training work for your company.

Want to brainstorm how to make training work for you? Call us at 866-301-8265 or [email protected]

UST Program Timeline Now Available On EPA’s UST Website

May 21, 2021

(Ben’s note: I recently received this email from Mark Barolo from EPA and thought it was worth sharing with our UST community. I first met Mark way back in 1996 at my first national Tanks Conference and am very happy that Mark has moved into the role of the acting director of the national UST program. Mark keeps alive the spirit of EPA wanting to make sure we are all working together to keep the nation’s drinking water supplies free from leaking UST systems)

UST Colleagues, Partners, and Stakeholders:

EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks developed a timeline about the national underground storage tanks (UST) program.  You may access an interactive version of the timeline on EPA’s UST website at www.epa.gov/ust/milestones-underground-storage-tank-programs-history and a text version at www.epa.gov/ust/milestones-underground-storage-tank-programs-history-text-version.  

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