Another Example of Why Folks Prefer Online Learning

May 1, 2020

Another Example of Why Folks Prefer Online Learning

We love chatting with our Class A/B and C UST operators. Here’s an example of what we chat about everyday.

Hello, do you have any questions about UST Training?


Hi Ben! I am interested in Class A/B training for Louisiana and Mississippi for my role within environmental management for our company. Do you know if they are providing any virtual training (instead of in person) currently? I am also curious if there is any reciprocity between LA and MS for class a/b.

Ben Thomas

Hi Lauren. I’m pretty sure there’s not reciprocity between Louisiana and Mississippi. Sorry. Funny I was just talking to the folks at the Louisiana DEQ before the pandemic and trying to convince them that online training was better. I haven’t heard of anything as an online substitute in Louisiana unfortunately.

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April 28, 2020

New Head of Steel Tank Institute

Our good friend Wayne Geyer, the “Man of Steel” is retiring after many years at the Steel Tank Institute. Thanks Wayne and welcome Tim O’Toole!

Wayne Geyer

STI/SPFA Hires Tim O’Toole as Executive Vice President

LAKE ZURICH, IL, April 6, 2020 – The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is pleased to announce the hire of Tim O’Toole to replace current Executive Vice President Wayne Geyer. Geyer plans to retire late in 2020 and STI/SPFA will use this time as a transition period. Geyer joined the association in 1985 and has sat at the helm for more than 30 years.

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April 27, 2020

Georgia Has Important Deadline This December

Attention Georgia UST Class A/B UST Operators: By December 15 of this year, you must have completed the following periodic inspection and testing requirements:

Every Month

  • 30-day walkthrough inspection

Every Year

  • Release detection equipment function testing
  • Visual sump inspection

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April 22, 2020

Updated Standard Available for Color-Coded Fill Lids

Important news about preventing UST overfills. API Recommended Practice 1637 been updated.

Using the API Color-Symbol System to Identify Equipment, Vehicles, and Transfer Points for Petroleum Fuels and Related Products at Dispensing and Storage Facilities and Distribution Terminals

This recommended practice describes a system for marking equipment used to store and handle bulk petroleum, alcohol-blended petroleum, and biodiesel products. The equipment marking Color-Symbol system described in this recommended practice facilitates easy identification of products by means of colors, symbols, and alphanumeric designations. The principal purpose of this marking system is to identify product transfer points for tank-truck loading and unloading at distribution terminals and retail outlets to prevent errors in product handling. The marking system described in this recommended practice does not cover aviation fuels.

For ordering information:
API members receive a 30% discount where applicable.

April 16, 2020

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with EPA

(We recently received this email from the head of EPA’s UST Program)

Dear UST Community;

I usually send you emails directly related to underground storage tanks issues – but today’s message is a little different.  I hope you find it interesting, and maybe think of someone who you might want to pass this on to!

This year, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day celebrated by millions of people across the world. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, the United States has made tremendous progress improving air quality, cleaning up contaminated lands, and protecting our water resources, and of course – preventing and cleaning up releases from USTs!  EPA is working hard to ensure all Americans have a clean, healthy environment and a prosperous future.

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April 16, 2020

Important Oregon Deadline October 1

Attention Oregon UST owners and operators. By October 1, 2020, all UST systems in the state must have completed a number of periodic tests and inspections.

These include:

  • 30 day walkthrough inspection
  • Annual visual sump inspection
  • Annual release detection function test
  • 3-year sump tightness test
  • 3-year spill bucket tightness test
  • 3-year overfill device function test

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April 8, 2020

Weekly Virtual Chats with Ben Thomas Every Friday

We’re now offering free weekly chats via Zoom with UST Training founder Ben Thomas.

We want you to:

  • Get comfy with video conferencing,
  • Feel connected by chatting with your peers,
  • Ask questions about UST management affected by COVID-19,
  • Share your concerns and successes about balancing UST Compliance and the Coronavirus.

Sign up now for the virtual chat

Next Virtual Tank Savvy Talk with Ben
Friday, May 29, 2020, 10:00-11:00 AM Pacific Time / 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern

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 in light of the Coronavirus. It’s free! Watch and chat from any computer, laptop, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and mic. No experience necessary but registration is required
Register Now

Also: June 5, June 19, June 26

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April 8, 2020

Class C Course Now Available in Hindi

Big news! UST Training is proud to announce we now offer the industry’s first Class C UST operator training course in Hindi. We recognize the landscape of convenience store operators has changed over the past decade and many of our customers come from diverse backgrounds and speak a growing number of languages. So it makes sense to offer our nationally recognized course in a language that is common to the सुविधा की दुकान (convenience store) world.

Check it out!

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