Don’t be this UST operator

May 8, 2023

Don’t be this UST operator

This tragic story about ignoring alarms used to happen often some years ago, and we here at UST Training hope to see  fewer of these in the future as trained UST operators know how to respond to suspect releases.

State sues gas station over leaky underground tanks

Court documents allege the owner of Cenex in Elgin has released pollutants that pose “significant risk” to both residents and the environment.

ELGIN, Minnesota — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is suing the owner of a southeastern Minnesota gas station, accusing them of failing to address a fuel leak that polluted soil groundwater while putting both residents and the environment at risk.

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April 25, 2023

Free Webinar May 24th, 2023: Leverage EVO™ Series To Streamline C-Store Operations

Franklin Electric’s EVO™ Series Is More Than Just An ATG
Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time
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April 25, 2023

Free Webinar June 14 The ABCs of ATGs

Back by popular demand! We had over 500 signup for our last webinar. Don’t miss it this time.

Everything you needed to know about automatic tank gauges but were afraid to ask.

Class A/B UST operators, as well as UST inspectors, are encouraged to attend this lively and down-to-earth (ABCs) webinar about automatic tank gauges (ATGs).

Ben, Thomas, President of UST Training will share his many years of experience explaining how ATG’s first started, as well as their purpose, functions, and applicability. From the 30,000 foot view all the way down to the programming level, there’s something here for everyone interested in automatic thank gauges. Improve your understanding of automatic tank gauges in one hour, or less, guaranteed!

Wednesday,  June 14, 2023, 10:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific Time

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Seating is limited to the first 500

April 20, 2023

Attend These Exciting SIGMA Share Group Events This September

SIGMA Share Groups are BACK in 2023!

September 12-15 | San Antonio, TX

SIGMA is an organization that supports education for employees at ALL levels of our members’ companies. Share Groups were created to provide networking and education for staff in their specific roles in business. We are happy to announce that Share Groups are BACK in 2023!

SIGMA will be offering 6 Share Groups that will be split into two sessions. Register TODAY! Don’t miss this opportunity to connect in person with others operating in the same space.

September 12 and 13

  • Transportation Share Group |  Learn More
  • Maintenance and Environmental Share Group |  Learn More
  • Mobile Fueling, Tankwagon, and Cardlock Share Group |  Learn More

September 14 and 15

Ben Thomas will be hosting the Maintenance and Environmental share group and has invited some exciting and inspirational speakers. Don’t miss this great share group.


March 31, 2023

When Gasoline Spills

This excellent article about spill response for Class A/B and C UST operators, courtesy of Fuel Market News is an interesting take on the historic and common use of kitty litter, which may not be the best clean up method. And thanks to CAF Outdoor Cleaning.


March 23, 2023

30-Day Walkthrough Inspections

Hello State UST agencies

A simple idea to help improve compliance with your regulated community – make it easier for UST operators to start using your 30-day walkthrough inspection form.

Here at UST Training, we put a lot of stock into ensuring not only do Class A/B UST operators understand the regulations, but they actually know what actions to do after they become certified. Take, for example, the 30 day walk-through inspection. Ben Thomas, President of UST Training often calls the 30-day inspection the centerpiece of an excellent compliance for any UST system.

This requirement ensures that someone– hopefully the Class A/B UST operator– is checking your system every 30 days, noticing potential problems, and fixing them which is the best way to stay out of major trouble. For all of our state-approved Class A/B operator training courses we provide a complementary copy of each state’s 30 day walk-through form to make it easier for people to start doing it after class.

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March 22, 2023

Veeder Root TLS Webinar Now Available on YouTube

UST Training is pleased to publish the Veeder Root webinar we hosted on January 24, 2023. Ben Thomas interviewed Veeder Root’s Field Marketing Manager Lee Girard who explained how to prepare for the phase-out of the popular Veeder Root TLS 300/350 and the many reasons why an upgrade is both inevitable and necessary to UST operators nationwide.

Click here for more information about Veeder Root TLS 300/350 and the Veeder Root TLS 450Plus.

Click here for Tank Savvy Minute videos about the TLS 300/350 and the TLS450Plus.

For information about Class A/B and C UST operator training nationwide click here.


March 21, 2023

History of the UST Program Nationwide

In 1982 at the tender age of 18, I was (what is now considered) a Class C UST operator at a Mobil/Howard Johnson’s  rest area on I-95 in Connecticut, working the graveyard shift. I was taught to stick a tank to do inventory reconciliation by jamming a stick down to the bottom of the tank as hard as I could and see how high the stick would pop out.

My how times have changed. If you’re an old timer in the industry like me, to this day I continue to be amazed at how many improvements we’ve seen to the UST Program nationwide. Check out EPA’s timeline from 1983 chronicling the major milestones of success that make the UST program what it is today. Like many of you that have been in the business a long time, I’m very proud of those who have been witness — and perhaps contributor — to these many improvements to prevent another generation of leaking UST’s.

Milestones In The Underground Storage Tank Program’s History


March 21, 2023

Back to Basics: How to hire and retain good store managers

A great article for C-store owners, courtesy of C-Store Dive.

Building a strong workforce starts with having the right policies in place to identify, train and reward store leaders, experts say.

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Published March 13, 2023 (c) C-Store Dive

March 16, 2023

See you at M-PACT

We were excited to meet our friends at the M-PACT trade show in Indianapolis Indiana April 4-6, 2023.

April 4-6, 2023
Indianapolis, IN
Stop by our Booth 1115 and say hi

Also hear Ben Thomas present a technical talk on Automatic Tank Gauges April 6 at 10 AM.

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben in advance? Contact us at 360-321-4776 or [email protected]

March 16, 2023

Money Available for Biodiesel and Ethanol Upgrades

Interested in providing higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol, but concerned that your UST equipment is not fully compatible? The Federal government is offering incentives to improve and upgrade existing UST systems to handle higher blends of biodiesel and ethanol. I pass along this great incentive program for all of our Class A/B UST operators.

What is the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program?

The purpose of the HBIIP is to increase significantly the sales and use of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by expanding the infrastructure for renewable fuels derived from U.S. agricultural products. The program is also intended to encourage a more comprehensive approach to market higher blends by sharing the costs related to building out biofuel-related infrastructure.

Learn more here

January 27, 2023

See you at WPMA in Las Vegas Feb. 21-23

Any of you attending WPMA Expo 2023? If so, make sure to connect with Ben and Tammy. We’d love to hang out with you and talk about operator training. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so here. It’s going to be another great year and we’re looking forward to seeing you.

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben or Tammy in advance? Email us and we can set one up.

Western Petroleum Marketers Association
February 21-23, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
Stop by our booth 1205 and say hi

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January 27, 2023

Free Webinar: What we’ve done and where we’re going: a national EPA UST perspective

Our 2023 UST webinar series continues…

UST Training is proud to host a live webinar discussion with Mark Barolo, Deputy Director of EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks on the State of the UST Nation: What we’ve done and where we’re going.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023
10:00 AM Pacific Time
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Mark will share his nearly three decades of policy making experience with the national UST Program, providing an overview of the major milestones the UST program has achieved preventing groundwater contamination, as well as forecast what to expect in the near future. Anyone interested in the Big Picture of UST’s– whether you are a UST owner, operator, inspector, service, provider, policy, maker, or compliance manager– will find this an insightful discussion. UST Training’s President, Ben Thomas, who has known Mark since 1997 will moderate the session. Have a question for the nation’s top UST regulator? Now is your chance!

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January 25, 2023

Virtual UST system: check it out!


Here at UST Training we love to help people connect with UST equipment in real time. Now you can literally go underground and check out an UST system from the bottom up without leaving your home or office. Check out this awesome interactive webpage from OPW.

January 18, 2023

Learn all about Automatic Tank Gauges at M-PACT

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, will be presenting an exciting one hour talk at the M-PACT trade show in Indianapolis about automatic tanks gauges or ATGs. Please attend!

Automatic Tank Gauge Training

With so many ATG’s out in the market, it is sometimes difficult and confusing to understand all the functions of an ATG system. During this training, participants will learn why one should use an ATG system for release detection, types of ATG Systems, and functions of an ATG including how to respond to alarms, how to read and interpret reports, and other valuable information. Please join Ben Thomas of UST Training as he discusses the in’s and out’s of ATG systems.

Thursday, April 6, 2023
10:00 am – 10:50 am

Learn more here.

Register for M-PACT here.

Stop by our Booth 1115 and say hi and learn why UST Training is the nation’s leader of online Class A/B and C UST operator training.

January 17, 2023

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January 17, 2023

Ben Thomas of UST Training to Lead SIGMA Maintenance and Environmental Share Group

Ben Thomas, President of UST Training, has been selected to lead the SIGMA group on Maintenance and Environmental issues.

SIGMA is America’s Leading Fuel Marketers national trade association representing fuel marketers and convenience store chain retailers in the United States and Canada. Their  approximately 260 corporate members command nearly 50 percent of the petroleum retail market, selling approximately 80 billion gallons of motor fuel each year.

The overall goal of SIGMA’s Maintenance and Environmental Share Groups is to use focused discussions to create synergy and develop ideas that can benefit SIGMA members, which ultimately benefits the UST industry in general.

According to Ben, “I’m extremely honored to have been chosen to lead this Share Group. I’m looking forward to sharing my networking history and facilitating some exciting discussions about contemporary UST maintenance and environmental issues facing SIGMA members.”

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January 9, 2023

Start Your Year with Updated PEI Recommended Practices

Whether you are a UST operator, service technician, or inspector, PEI is the definitive resource library for UST experts nationwide.

As always, the start of a new year brings new resolutions. Why not make a resolution to ensure you have the most up-to-date PEI Recommended Practices? PEI’s Recommended Practices are heavily researched, peer-reviewed technical documents addressing the biggest operational issues facing the industry. They are reviewed and revised on a regular basis to reflect the latest technologies and industry trends.

Recommended Practices reviewed and revised in 2022:

Recommended Practices to be reviewed in 2023:

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January 4, 2023

Join Our Free 2023 Tank Savvy Webinar Series

Happy New Year! We’re excited to launch our 2023 UST webinar series. Join us every Friday for conversational talks with Ben Thomas and other UST professionals around the country. Also look for a guest speaker and tank savvy topic each month this year.


Virtual Tank Savvy Talk with Ben

Most Every Friday, 10 -11 AM Pacific Time
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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! Watch and chat from any computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and mic. No experience required.
We want you to:

  • Get comfy with video conferencing,
  • Feel connected by chatting with your peers,
  • Ask questions about UST management,
  • Share your concerns and successes UST Compliance.

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The Veeder Root TLS 300/350 is being phased out. What can you do to prepare?
FREE Webinar (in case you missed the last one)
January 24, 2023, 10:00 to 11:00 AM PST
Register today

The most important webinar you will attend this year: The Veeder Root TLS 300/350, which makes up the majority of automatic tank gauges in North America is at the end of its sales and service life and is being discontinued by Veeder-Root in the foreseeable future. Veeder-Root announced last year that it will be no longer manufacturing the TLS-300 and TLS-350 systems. They indicated sales cycle where manufacturing the products is no longer feasible due to obsoleted components and increased costs for older technologies.

Hear from UST Training’s special guest speaker Lee Girard of Veeder Root about why the transition is happening, why it’s actually a good thing, and what you can do to prepare for the future. Also hear about the many benefits of the TLS 450 Plus and why the transition makes good business, security and compliance sense. This webinar is limited to the first 500 attendees so sign up today.


Create an Effective UST Compliance Program
FREE Webinar
February 8, 2023, 10-11 AM Pacific Time
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If you are a UST inspector or compliance manager for your company, achieving effective UST compliance can be a challenge. Learn from former regulator and national UST training expert Ben Thomas about how you can improve your government agency or company UST compliance program. Drawing from 34+ years of experience amongst thousands of UST operators and hundreds of inspectors nationwide, hear (and see) Ben explain the eight secret ways to change behavior to improve compliance.

Suggested reading before joining the webinar: “I Don’t Train, I Enforce!” by Ben Thomas, LISTLine Bulletin 46

March 2023

Stay tuned for more great speakers and topics!

January 3, 2023

A Small Dedicated Company with a Big National Reach

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on previous accomplishments as well as plan future goals. Here at UST Training, as the name implies, we strive to be the nation’s best provider of online Class A/B and C UST operator training. Being literally first in the industry, we’ve trained more operators and more states for longer than any other third party provider.

See the “Class A/B” map above.

Green. We are currently approved in 31 states for Class A/B UST operator training. Plus we offer Class A/B for Indian Country UST operators as well as Texas Class A/B in Hindi.

Yellow: In 2023 we plan to get approved and offer Class A/B training in the remaining states that permit third party vendors.

Orange: We’d love to provide Class A/B training in those states but cannot due to various restrictions. However we do link to the best option available in each of these states, even if they are not ours.

Bulk Purchases

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