September 16th, 2016
This just in from the Petroleum Equipment Institute’s Tulsa Letter…It’s good news for Class A/B UST operators who will be performing the 30-day walkthrough inspections, coming soon to a state near you.
“PEI’s UST System Inspection & Maintenance Committee (Committee) met September 8 in Chicago and updated all but one section of PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems (PEI/RP900). (more…)
September 15th, 2016
Would you believe lack of proper UST operator training tops the charts of UST violations in the US? A recently published report about the state of national UST compliance shows some curious results, especially about UST operator training violations. The Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Tank Subcommittee’s UST Task Force with assistance from the US EPA published the study UST COMMON COMPLIANCE VIOLATIONS REPORT – FY 2014.
According to the study “The intent of this report is to provide a national perspective with regard to which UST violations are discovered in greatest frequency and may require additional attention.”
While much of the report was eye-opening in regards to things like what’s not working with release detection, we focused on the part about UST operator training. The report further states: “The FY 2014 dataset represents the responses of 31 States and one local agency, and accounts for nearly 43,000 UST inspections. For 2014, Operator Training was the top violation category with 81% of the States reporting it in their top eight violations; this is followed by Release Detection Pressure – Piping at 75%, Release Detection – Tank at 69%, Spill Prevention at 63%, Corrosion Protection at 59%, Financial Responsibility at 53%, and Other/State Specific at 50%.” (more…)
September 12th, 2016
At UST Training we constantly look for new and interesting ways to help Class A/B and C UST operators be the best they can be. But we also have many subscribers and associates who are UST technician nationwide as well.
As a proud member of PEI, we’re happy to showcase four new training tools for hiring UST technicians.
Service Technician Recruitment
The four tools include video clips, an aptitude test, training course manual and a training exam. Check it out!
September 9th, 2016
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Sometime folks don’t think before acting. Here’s a great example. A state UST agency sent out a bulletin to remind UST operators to fill in, print and post emergency spill response signage.
This busy UST operator just posted the instructions to create the sign, not the sign itself.
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August 16th, 2016
Attention Class A/B UST operators. Are you ready for the 2018 deadline?
The 2015 EPA rule changes are a bit hard to explain at first because the implementation date depends in part in which state your UST system is located and whether that state approved by EPA to fully run their own program. The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) recently provided this simple summary of what’s due when for these states. Thanks PEI!
IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE FOR 2015 UST REQUIREMENTS IN NON-SPA STATES
There is some confusion among members regarding the implementation time frames for states without program approval (non-SPA states) to comply with EPA’s UST requirements. In particular, members and the regulated community want to understand when UST owners in non-SPA states will be required to conduct the first test or inspection of the following: (more…)
August 3rd, 2016
UST Training recently learned that Costco Wholesale was highlighted for UST compliance excellence in the recent issue of LUSTLine (Bulletin 80, June 2016). The gist of the article is that you can have both profit and environmental compliance: one does not preclude the other. The head of the Colorado UST program, Mahesh Albuquerque wrote a great overview how Costco goes above and beyond what’s required, including staffed fueling islands, continuous leak testing, spill kits, state of the art equipment and extensive maintenance and service. (more…)
August 2nd, 2016
Possibly the coolest UST training idea ever: a portable UST equipment educational trailer. Talk about state-of-the-art UST operator training!
Vicky Flowers, Oneida Environmental Specialist and Mike Arce – Oneida Compliance Assistance Inspector. They are here at the Moccasin Trail Center to provide out reach on Underground Storage Tank Systems. Check out their Compliance Assistance Program
August 2nd, 2016
Big news for the Lone Star State! UST Training is now approved for Class A/B UST Operator Training in Texas. The TCEQ recently approved our course which we are proud to offer online. Check it out.
“Being the first in the industry to provide Class A/B training back in 2003, I’m very happy to be finally offering our courses to Texas UST operators” says company president Ben Thomas. “We’ve been offering high quality, interactive training for years and we are excited to bring to Texas our years of expertise and practical advice.” (more…)