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June 21, 2022

What sets us apart from other UST trainers

We always like to see smart shoppers when it comes to purchasing online Class A/B or C UST operator training. Recently someone asked –perhaps for the first time — “What makes your trainings unique?”

Here’s how we replied:

We were the Nation’s very first provider of approved UST operator training and have over 35 years of experience in the UST industry.

We only use pictures of real life examples of UST sites.

We not only cover the rules but also provide best management practices to help you be the best operator you can be.

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June 16, 2022

Free Webinar: Leveraging Internet Technology for Better UST Compliance

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

Join UST Training founder Ben Thomas for a special one-hour webinar to help UST operators improve operational compliance by better understanding available web-based technologies.

Date:   Wednesday July 27, 2022
Time:  10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time
Cost:    FREE

There are plenty of digital tools out there to improve UST compliance if you know what’s available. See what’s out there, what works, and why you should consider these at-your-fingertips technological solutions. Learn about online solutions for inventory, test results, alarm response, monthly inspections, advanced ATG features, compliance scheduling reporting, UST operator training (of course) and more!

Intended Audience: Anyone in your team who manages UST compliance who is looking for ways to streamline company procedures: HR, Environmental, e-Learning, Fueling, or general Operations.

Register now!

And feel free to pass this along to friends and coworkers.

June 10, 2022

Registration is open for the National Tanks Conference in Pittsburgh this September

Hello friends, colleagues, associates, customers, and future friends:

Registration for attending the National Tanks Conference this September in Pittsburgh is now officially open. Register today!

Where else can you meet all of the UST regulators from around the country and get the latest news about UST compliance?

Anyone who is a dedicated Class A/B UST operator, inspector, policy maker, service provider or all around UST geek should surely a time is very important event. The last national one was held in Louisville Kentucky four years ago.

25 years ago Ben Thomas of UST Training presented at this same conference about why states UST agencies needed to develop UST webpages to deliver technical assistance services. Were any of your there in Charlotte NC?

Roll the clock ahead full quarter century and Ben will be presenting talks on automatic tank gauges, Covid compliance, and multi cultural changes in the UST universe.

Plus we will have a booth at the trade show Expo so stop by and say hi.

Draft agenda

Covid Policy

Lodging and travel

Hope to see you there!

 

June 9, 2022

Earn Free Training: Send Us Your Best UST Operator Pictures

Here at UST Training, we try hard to always use UST real-life images of UST parts and the people who own and operate UST systems. We like to think people relate to the training material better if they can see themselves in the shoes of the people they are watching on the computer screen.

That being said, we are always looking for new pictures to improve our training and so we have special offer to our customers: Send us your best picture of Class A/B or C operators doing UST duties, and if we like your photos, we will give you complementary online credit: $200 worth of online training for every picture we use.

Pictures should include individuals, ideally performing a certain task at an obvious UST site. Can include brand name or not. Submissions grant UST training to use those likenesses for promotional purposes. This is your chance to be famous! And trained for free!

Send your pictures to [email protected] and we’ll let you know if we select your entry.

Any questions please let us know at [email protected] or 866-301-8265.

 

June 6, 2022

EPA’s New USTs for Emergency Power Generators Just Released

Big news from our friends at EPA for emergency power generator UST operators: EPA published a number of new documents to help emergency power generator tank operators with all aspects of UST compliance.

Here’s our favorite:

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems

This 70-page booklet summarizes the federal UST requirements for installation, reporting, spill and overfill prevention, corrosion protection, release detection, walkthrough inspections, compatibility, operator training, repairs, financial responsibility, release response, and closure that are specific to emergency power generator UST systems

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems (pdf) (May 2022, EPA-510-K-22-003)

Federal UST Requirements for Emergency Power Generator UST Systems (docx) (May 2022, EPA-510-K-22-003)

 

Dear UST Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce several regulatory compliance and implementation assistance resources for emergency power generator UST systems are now available on the Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) web site – https://www.epa.gov/ust/release-detection-underground-storage-tanks-usts-introduction#:~:text=003).%20May%202022.-,Emergency%20generator,-tanks

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June 6, 2022

See you in September at the National Tanks Conference

Ben Thomas of UST Training has been selected to present and/or organize two sessions at the EPA National Tanks Conference and Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this year:

Sessions

  • Challenges and Opportunities of a Changing Multi-Cultural UST Industry
  • Strategies for Dealing with Covid 19 Impact on USTs Compliance”

The conference will be held September 13th – 15th  (with Pre-Conference Workshops on September 12th) at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA.

For the most current information about the conference, please visit the NTC website:

www.neiwpcc.org/NTC2022

June 2, 2022

So Many Ways To Train. Pick Your Best Option

As pioneers in the field of UST operator training, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our service and make training more relevant and applicable to your particular situation. See all the different ways we can provide you training.

Learn Savvy.  Our new and improved Learning Management System makes it even easier for you to get you or your team to get trained. Select Class A/B and train through Learn Savvy.

Licensing Class C. Have high turnover and lots of Class C operators? License the course from us and run it on your own LMS. License our Class C course.

Sponsorship. Are you a trade group or association with lots of Class A/B or C operators and want to look like a hero? Become an official sponsor of our training.

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Indian Country UST Operator Training: what you need to know

June 2, 2022

UST Training has been training operators in Indian Country for many year – first live in person, then live webinars, and now 100% online 24/7.

What is Indian Country?
Think of Indian Country as autonomous, Federally recognized nations within the boundaries of a state (or, states, in some cases). For those inclined towards legalese, here’s the legal definition.

What UST rules apply?
Generally, UST Systems that are located within an Indian Country reservation of a Federally recognized tribe are subject to US EPA UST rules and not state rules where Indian Country is located. There are some exceptions so it’s important to establish under which jurisdiction a particular UST applies.

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May 27, 2022

Aging gasoline storage tanks in WA pose environmental hazard

From the Seattle Times, May 16, 2022, is a surprisingly well researched and well written article about aging underground tanks in Washington state… but it could be nearly any state. Kudos to writer David Kroman for an in-depth and balanced look at this nearly-invisible-to-the-public problem.

As our Tank Savvy UST  operators know, a large part of your mission is to not end up in one of these tough stories.

Aging gasoline storage tanks in WA pose environmental hazard, but many owners can’t afford cleanup

May 26, 2022

EPA’s Mid Fiscal Year 2022 Semiannual UST Performance Measures Report

Note from UST Training: Here’s a national update on the UST program: fewer UST releases, but compliance with new requirements still needs improving.

 

Dear UST Colleagues:

I am pleased to tell you that our mid fiscal year (FY) 2022 semiannual report of underground storage tank (UST) performance measures is now available.  You can access the report on EPA’s website https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-05/ca-28-12.pdf.

Our semiannual UST reports show the continued progress EPA and our state, territorial, tribal, and industry partners are making in protecting public health and the environment from UST releases.

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May 24, 2022

Avoid Fuel Tank Theft: Lock Your Fill Pipes

It’s great to see an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) in the news but it’s not so good when it’s showing how thieves stole hundreds of gallons of gasoline from an unsuspecting UST owner.

Many operators do not lock their fuel tanks. Please take a moment and purchase some high-quality locks and make sure your fill pipes are secure. With the high price of fuel these days, security of your fill openings is now more important than ever.

 

May 17, 2022

EPA Recorded Webinar: USTs: Preparing and Responding to Extreme Events

Ben Thomas of UST Training recently attended an EPA Webinar: Underground Storage Tanks: Preparing and Responding to Extreme Events on April 13th, 2022.

Summary: Climate change and extreme weather events are increasingly important in how we prevent, prepare and respond to management of underground storage tanks. Former Senior Director for Resilience Policy in the National Security Council, Alice Hill, framed this issue as, “We are colliding with a future of extremes. We base all our choices about risk management on what’s occurred in the past, and that is no longer a safe guide.” The fuel supply network and its infrastructure are critical elements in the supply chain to prepare for and address in the recovery of disasters. As an example, in Hurricane Harvey, the ability of emergency managers to understand post-storm supply chain issues was constrained by limited pre-storm assessment of vulnerable and critical supply chain nodes.

The recording of the presentation Preparing and Responding to Extreme Events

 

 

PEI Developing E-Learning Platform

May 17, 2022

As a PEI member, and with Ben Thomas being on the board of PEI, we are always excited to share new initiatives the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has to offer its members with the UST community at large.

See Jason Blake explain the 5 PEI initiatives, with learning being #1!

Look forward to more updates shortly.

 

UST Operator Training Can Prevent This From Happening

May 16, 2022

The Seattle Times in our home state of Washington did a great job explaining the legacy of old and potentially leaking UST systems. Check out this well researched and presented story by David Kroman.

Aging gasoline storage tanks in WA pose environmental hazard, but many owners can’t afford cleanup

 

April 28, 2022

Where to find us in 2022

With the lifting of Covid restrictions and the return of conferences, trade shows and classroom trainings, we are busier than ever in 2022.

Here are some cities we’ll be at this year: If you are even remotely nearby, please look us up!

  • Miami (convention)
  • Honolulu (trade show)
  • Buffalo (live class)
  • Anchorage and Fairbanks  (live classes)
  • Phoenix and Tucson (live classes)
  • Spokane (live classes)
  • Guam (live classes)
  • Pittsburgh (national tanks conference)
  • Las Vegas (trade show)
  • Lexington (conference)

Check out our schedule webpage for exact times, dates and locations.

Want to schedule a meeting with Ben Thomas at one of these cities? Call 866-301-8265 or email [email protected]

 

April 15, 2022

Our Kentucky Class A/B Course Now Approved and Online

We are excited to announce that the Kentucky UST Branch (USTB) has approved our online Class AB operator training course. Now Kentucky operators have access to our nationally recognized, motivational, and down to earth lessons about how to be a great UST operator.

Check it out!

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April 11, 2022

New Training Solution: Be a UST Training Sponsor

Do you have a large group of Class A/B or C UST operators who require training?

Do you want to provide training at no cost to the operator?

UST Training now provides a training solution for organizations who need to ensure UST operators are trained on a statewide, regional or even national scale. As examples, the UST agencies in Arizona and Iowa currently provide UST training at no cost to the operator and reimburse us, the third party training vendor.

Other questions to consider:

  • Do your operators need to be motivated or incentivized to get trained?
  • Do you have a risk reduction budget to help off-set the cost of just one leaking UST site?
  • Do you need a proven solution to track completion or certificates?
  • Do you need expert technical support for your trainees?
  • Do you need a predictable, consistent invoice / do you have a fixed training budget?

Who can sponsor?

  • State UST agencies who provide or wish to provide no-cost training to UST operators, such as Arizona, Iowa, or… your state or territory?
  • State UST agencies that offer free live training but wish to move to an online platform without having to create a system from scratch.
  • Insurance companies who want to reduce claims by providing free training to their policyholders.
  • Buyers groups and trade organizations who want to offer member benefits like risk reduction and education.
  • Franchisers who require franchisees to meet state UST training rules.

Real Life Example

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April 6, 2022

Need National UST Guidance? Check Out EPA’s Web Page

As a Class A/B UST operator, if you are a serious UST regulations geek (like us, at UST Training) this essential list of Federal regulatory interpretations of UST rules is a must:

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Technical Compendium about the 2015 UST Regulation

This compendium contains EPA’s interpretations and guidance about the 2015 underground storage tank (UST) regulation.  Questions and answers are presented in these categories:

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March 23, 2022

Fuel Theft Report from Colorado: Please Share

Periodically we get requests about preventing thefts at convenience stores. This very helpful article shared by the Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety and re-shared by our friends at the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWMPA) is really worth passing on to people who are concerned about theft.

This was news to us: thieves somehow electrically isolate certain dispensers from the main point of sale system and pump $50,000 worth of fuel without being charged.

From CWPMA:

Our friends at OPS reached out to provide some courtesy information relative to the publicized fuel theft incident that occurred in Aurora.

Please see below and thank you to Mahesh, Zach and the OPS team.

I’m sure you heard the news story about gas theft in Aurora:

https://kdvr.com/news/local/50000-gas-theft-caught-on-camera/

Apparently $50,000 worth of gas and diesel was stolen by “remote control” at the retail dispensers on March 14th. I want to share what our inspectors found so you can do the same with your members to prevent this from happening at their stores.

More: 

 

March 22, 2022

Free Webinar April 12: Emerging C-Store Trends & Challenges: How Small Operators Compete and Win

Presented by Titan Cloud.  Ben Thomas, President of UST Training will be one of the speakers for this super helpful and insightful FREE webinar.

Register Now!

Apr 12, 2022 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

There’s a lot going on in the news right now, and most of it directly affects convenience stores–on top of the changes in regulations and requirements that have long been on the horizon. But these challenges don’t affect all convenience stores in the same way.

Small operators have unique challenges that require unique solutions. That’s why we’re teaming up with industry experts Wes Rowe (owner/operator and wholesaler) and Ben Thomas (from UST Training) to discuss the current state of the industry and how they’re staying ahead of the competition.

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