Did the shear valve work?

March 16th, 2017

I was teaching a Class A/B UST operator training course in Portland, Oregon yesterday and one of the students said “Hey, did you hear about the gas station accident last night?” We looked it up online and shared and discussed the following tragic story

Man hit before gas station inferno crash has died

It’s a terrible story about a seemingly random accident that resulted in a fatality right before the driver struck dispenser. If you see the picture and watch the video in the link you’ll notice the dispenser basically explodes and the shear valve does not appear to have worked. Or did it? I’ve seen a few videos like this where the vehicle hit the dispenser so hard I have to wonder: are shear valves rated for high velocity impact? Or did this shear valve not work? Or did the fuel vapor above the shear valve catch fire?

Comments welcome.

Our Class C UST Operator Lease Program: Is it for you?

February 17th, 2017

Do you have a large number of class C UST operators?
Are you frustrated with high turnover rates?
Do you have your own in-house Learning Management System (LMS)?

Did you know we lease our course software?  For some UST owners, leasing our Class C UST operator training courseware is a very smart alternative that can save you time, money and effort.


Wisconsin Mails Out 2017-18 UST Compliance Calendars

February 16th, 2017

For many years, the Wisconsin Small Business Environmental Assistance Program has mailed out hard copy calendars to remind gas station owners of daily, weekly, monthly compliance actions. This year they mailed out a two-year calendar for 2017 and 2018. It’s an awesome tool for Class A/B UST operators. From their web page: (more…)

Training Videos Courtesy of Tennessee

February 15th, 2017

We just discovered our friend Don Taylor at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is in a number of very good UST videos now available on YouTube.  Topics include spill bucket inspections, rectifier readings, dispenser inspections and more. Ben Thomas of UST Training has been working with these folks since the early 1990’s and is happy to see more great technical advice still coming out of Tennessee. See them all here


What Folks Like about Our Training

February 7th, 2017

Eight years ago in Colorado we launched the nation’s first state-approved online Class A/B UST operator training course. Since then we’ve grown to offer Class A/B training in a number of states. So how are we doing? (more…)

UST Training Now Offers Class A/B Training in Georgia

January 27th, 2017

Hello Georgia Class A/B UST operators! Our course is now online and approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. Learn more now

Georgia Class A/B UST operator training course is a great way to meet the training requirements while learning everything you need to know to be an effective UST operator.

Self Paced:
This option allows users to watch 10 lessons online instead of attending a live webinar. Users take each lesson any time that is convenient. Great for new and experienced operators alike. Total lesson viewing time is about 3 hours. Plus a 1-hour final exam. (more…)

EPA’s UST Performance Measures

January 24th, 2017

The US EPA just published what is effectively the State of the Nation for Underground Storage Tank Systems for activities from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. How did you do in your state or region?

Latest LUSTLine issue now available

January 23rd, 2017

Hi UST Class A/B Operators. Did you know there is a national newsletter about UST systems called LUSTLine? Check out the latest edition online.

Great topics include:

  • Emerging Contaminants and Shallow Groundwater
  • Corrosion in Underground Tanks Storing Diesel
  • Untangling UST Corrosion Issues
  • Field Notes: Lament, a Few Excuses…
  • There’s a Hole in the Bucket…
  • Using Environmental Covenants/Site Closure
  • Why States Should Be Concerned About Aging Tanks
  • Former TN Gas Station is Transformed