Amended California UST Regulations

On May 19, 2020, the State Water Resources Control Board approved amendments to the California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Division 3, Chapter 16 (UST Regulations). The effective date of the amendments is October 1, 2020.

Section 2716 has been modified to require the UST owner or operator to sign the designated operator visual inspection report within 72 hours of receipt, acknowledging the inspection results.

Several of the UST forms have been substantially modified to simplify and to ensure the documents were accessible to all users.

These amended regulations become effective October 1, 2020 and the new forms must be utilized starting on this date.

Kansas UST Operator Training Extension due to COVID-19

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) acknowledges that travel plans may be altered due to the precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). In the event a trainee or Operator is hesitant about traveling to an Operator Training venue or the classroom training event is canceled, the trainee or Operator may request an extension of the Class A/B Operator Training for up to 6 months past their initial due date, certificate expiration date, or re-training date. An Operator Training Request for Extension Form must be completed, signed and submitted to KDHE for review and approval prior to the trainee’s or Operator’s required certification due date or expiration date. Click the link for more information.

TCEQ Proposed Petroleum Storage Tank Rules

 

 

On Nov. 15, 2017, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of the proposed rules for petroleum storage tanks.

The proposed rulemaking amends Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334. This required rulemaking will incorporate necessary changes to 30 TAC Chapter 334 in accordance with the EPA’s 2015 revisions to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 280.

The rule revisions include:

  • Periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems to conduct walkthrough inspections and test UST system components,
  • New requirements to annually test specific release-detection equipment,
  • Changes to comply with existing EPA release-detection requirements to monitor at least every 30 days (instead of every 35 days), and
  • Minor rule revisions relating to the fee on delivery of petroleum products to reflect changes that were statutorily implemented in the Texas Water Code in 2015.

The public comment period will be Dec. 1, 2017 through Jan. 9, 2018. Comments may be submitted electronically beginning Dec. 1, 2017.

A formal public rule hearing is also scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2018, at the TCEQ’s Central Office located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, TX 78753, in Building E, Conference Room 201S.

Visit the TCEQ website for more information about the proposed rule.  If you have questions about the proposed rule, contact Andy Tait at atait@tait.com.

California UST Operator Training Course is now available

After training Designated UST Operators (also known as DOs or DUSTOs) for over 9 years in a classroom setting, TAIT is now finished in the process of converting our classroom course to an online, self-paced course.  This course is now available on our website. http://tait.ustcourse.com/store

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As required by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Designated Operators must have their license renewed every two years.  After taking our training, every student must pass an exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC). Our training covers:

  • UST Systems
  • Release Detection
  • Release Reporting
  • Operating Requirement
  • Record Keeping

This new online course is available 24/7, and will be self-paced, meaning a student’s work is saved, and they can pick up where they finished. If a student does not pass the first time, that student can take the course again with no additional cost. If a student fails a second time, TAIT will provide a full refund as long as that student completes the course a second time. TAIT has 40 years of UST training experience, so any student will be in good hands

Please visit http://tait.ustcourse.com/store for more information on this new course, as well as the other UST Operator Training Courses TAIT offers. You can take the course HERE.

Updated Illinois AB UST Operator Course – Shortened Exam

You requested we delivered! The Illinois AB UST operator course exam questions have been cut in half! Same great training, fewer questions, and a new look and feel! For simple and automatic enrollment visit tait.ustcourse.com. For quick purchase, click on the button below to get started on your training today!

 

New 2-hour TFFA Texas AB UST Course

The TFFA Texas course has been remodeled! Shortest TCEQ approved Texas course offered for AB Operator training! Eye appealing, direct, and easy to follow information. Click on the button below OR visit texas.ustcourse.com to get started!

Revised Storage Tank Regulations in Colorado

Colorado UST regulations were officially adopted on January 1, 2017.   For a summary of what has changed, check out the the Colorado Petroleum Bulletin.  Here is a link to the entire regulations.  Also, here is a link to a guidance document on secondary containment testing.

Colorado Testing and Inspection Requirements

Missouri A/B/C Tank Operators

Missouri’s new UST operator training rule requires that persons with responsibility for the proper operation of USTs and for responding to emergencies and leaks be properly trained by July 1, 2016. When you want to learn about requirements for USTs in Missouri, you’re going to want to read the

Rules of Department of Natural Resources

Division 26—Petroleum and Hazardous Substance Storage Tanks

Chapter 2—Underground Storage Tanks—Technical Regulations

http://s1.sos.mo.gov/cmsimages/adrules/csr/current/10csr/10c26-2.pdf

To be a Qualified Class A/B Operator, an individual must:

  • Be certified as a Class A or Class A/B Operator in one (1) of the following states: Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, or Tennessee; or
  • Pass a test offered by the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund Board of Trustees, which shall be available via the Internet at no cost to UST owners and operators.

To be a Qualified Class C Operator, an individual must:

  • Be certified as a Class C Operator in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, or Tennessee;
  • Be trained by a Qualified Class A/B Operator; or
  • Pass a test offered by the Petroleum Storage Tank Insurance Fund Board of Trustees, which shall be available via the Internet at no cost to UST owners and operators.

Training of certified A/B and C operators must be completed by July 1, 2016.   The MO operator training program is now on-line:  http://www.pstif.org/ust_operator_training.html Free web-based courses and tests are available for you http://optraining.pstif.org/intro/

EPA UST Office Address Change

Effective January 19, 2016, EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks will be located in the Ronald Reagan Building, which is part of the Federal Triangle Complex in Washington, D.C.

EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) has moved from its Arlington, Virginia location to the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The new address: Office of Underground Storage Tanks, US EPA, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Mail Code 5401R, Washington, D.C. 20460.  The email addresses of the OUST staff and UST website www.epa.gov/ust, remain the same. You can access OUST employee’s phone numbers through the headquarters contact section on the OUST website http://www.epa.gov/ust/underground-storage-tank-ust-contacts .