PEI RP 100 Updated

May 8th, 2017

This just in from the Petroleum Equipment Institute:

TULSA, Oklahoma, April 21, 2017/Petroleum Equipment Institute/ — The 2017 edition of PEI/RP100: Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems is available for purchase at


Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?

May 8th, 2017

UST Training found this good summary of the 2018 deadline for the new EPA rules published by Peter J. Cochefski, Director of Ryder Fuel Services. Thanks Peter for sharing your perspective.

Vendor View: Do You Know the ABCs of the EPA 2018 UST Regulation Deadline?



Another Dispenser Shear Valve Saves the Day

May 6th, 2017

Here’s another example of a shear valve keeping a bad accident from worse in Baltimore.

VIDEO: Car Veers Off Road, Hits Gas Pump, Flips

Next live OR/WA Class A/B course June 1 in Portland

April 14th, 2017

Oregon has the distinction of being the first state in the US to require UST operator training back in 2003 and instructor Ben Thomas has trained the majority of UST operators in Oregon since then. This course will prepare students to become a certified Class A/B UST operator in Oregon. Attend this lively, interactive class to learn about UST rules, best management practices and come away with practical advice about being a top notch UST operator. Seating is limited, sign up today! (more…)

Natural Disasters and Underground Storage Tanks

April 14th, 2017

The US EPA has published a handy list of resources for UST operators in case of natural disasters like flooding, tornadoes and storm events. Class A/B UST Operators should get these important documents and study them if you are in areas prone to potential natural disasters. (more…)

PEI RP 100 Updated

April 14th, 2017

This just in from PEI:

The 2017 edition of RP100: Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems (PEI/RP100-17) has been finalized and is available for purchase at The price is $40 for members and $95 for nonmembers. The 2017 edition supersedes the 2011 edition of the document (PEI/RP100-11). (more…)

UST Federal Funding in Peril: Please Read

April 3rd, 2017

Last Friday the Washington Post ran an article with a detailed list of program cuts to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Needless to say I was surprised to see the nation’s underground storage tank (UST) program on the chopping block.

As someone who’s been been the UST industry three decades spending my career preventing leaking UST systems from polluting drinking water systems, the cuts I see are deep enough to render the UST program essentially non-functioning.

Here is the full article.
New EPA documents reveal even deeper proposed cuts to staff and programs

And here is the 64-page of program cuts. See pages 16-18 about the UST items.

It’s a lot of budget lingo to wade through so I contacted Carolyn Hoskinson, head of the nation’s UST regulatory program at EPA Headquarters and asked what this means in real terms. According to her:

1.States would not receive pollution prevention funding

  • No funding for state staff to offer technical assistance or regulatory support.
  • No funding for state staff to do compliance checks and inspections.

2. Significant reduction in cleanup funding

  • Significant reduction of funds for leaking UST sites in Indian Country.
  • Significant reduction of funds for leaking UST sites to states.
  • Elimination of staff who oversee cleanup projects.

3. All but eliminate EPA HQ policy people

  • No more research.
  • No more policy interpretation.
  • No conferences, association meetings, newsletters, peer matches.
  • No one directing national policy on pollution prevention.
  • Reduced EPA staff to run compliance and cleanup in Indian Country.

Those who know this industry well know that the UST program is considered one of the most streamlined and effective environmental programs today. The UST program is based on 30 years worth of collaborative effort between Federal, state, tribal and local governments, tank testers, manufacturers, and technicians and of course UST owners and operators. It’s a great program, run well, with huge benefits to every single American.

So here is what I’m asking all my friends, colleagues, associates and clients:

If you believe the UST program has value in protecting human health and the environment, I am asking you to contact your local government representatives and ask they support not cutting this important program.

Also I’m attaching a 1984 segment of 60 Minutes so folks can know what the United States was like before we had a UST program.

Thanks in advance for your support,


Ben Thomas
UST Training
Keeping your drinking water clean since 1987

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.