Ben Thomas of UST Training recently spoke at the 8th annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum in Spokane, Washington, which was attended by over 500 people, representing over 160 tribes. The four day conference had a number of breakout sessions in a variety of environmental topics (USTs being one), an exhibit hall, and excellent opening and closing ceremonies. Ben spoke alongside EPA officials about ideas to help the tribes get ready for the October 13, 2018 deadline. UST systems on Indian Country are subject to Federal EPA and not state UST laws, so the October 13, 2018 deadline dominated much of the conversion during the conference. Remote and rural locations of many tribal UST sites make it difficult to service and test tank systems without additional costs.
Ben also helped lead a half-day mock inspection at a local tribal gas station. Over 36 folks attended, including several senior EPA officials. Special thanks to the Spokane Tribe for letting the conference use their site and extra thanks to Vicky Flowers of the Oneida Nation and Jeff Dzierzanowski of SourceNA who helped manage the group and share their knowledge.
Tribes have less than 60 days to get Class A/B and C UST Operator Training. UST Training has the only commercially available Indian Country UST courses online. Click here for more information.