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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

Here is a preview:

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

Dallas Employee Bios

Management

 Andy Tait (Director, Texas)

Andrew “Andy” Tait is a Texas-licensed Professional Environmental Engineer and is the TAIT Operations Manager for Texas. He brings over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting including municipal clients as a project manager, engineer, and business resource manager. Andy has expertise in a diverse array of project and is proficient in a wide range of remedial technologies including soil vapor extraction, groundwater pump and treatment, in-site bio-degradation, and excavation. He has diverse civil and environmental consulting experience and is the Director of our UST Training Services.  He has successfully converted a classroom training of UST operators to an online, e-commerce system to meet the needs of the 2005 UST Energy Policy Act operator training provisions, and also has tracked the development of UST operator training and inspection rules on a state-by-state basis for his clients. With his extensive experience with remedial investigations of hazardous waste sites, performance of feasibility studies, cost estimation, corrective measure studies, and design and construction of remedial systems for hazardous waste sites, he managed subsurface site investigation and remediation projects from initial site assessment through completion of remedial activities to successful site closure.  Mr. Tait has hands-on experience with environmental, health, and safety compliance, including Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) and Storm-water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP).

Matt Denison (Director of Operations )

TAIT’s Non-Engineering Environmental Services program for the City of Dallas will be supported by Mr. Matt Denison who is the Director of Operations for TAIT.  Mr. Denison brings to the City over 13 years’ experience managing large-scale compliance programs for complex organizations.  Mr. Denison has successfully managed multiple environmental programs, including but not limited a Fortune 10 Telecom Company and a Fortune 500 Real Estate Holdings Company.

Melanie Nelson (Business Development Manager)

Mrs. Nelson develops relationships with TAIT clients and is a program point of contact to clients for TAIT and brings over 7 years of working with environmental consulting specializing in USTs to the group. She has extensive practical experience in people and project management of a variety of heavily regulated, compliance driven industries. She also has expertise in Microsoft SharePoint architecture and UST Operator Training and is skilled in the field of photographic construction documentation services. Mrs. Nelson is the Business Development Manager at TAIT Environmental Services and is a Certified Environmental and Safety Compliance Officer (CSEM), Associate Environmental Professional (AEP) and Certified Safety Environmental and Emergency Manager (CESCO).  She also assists in communications with clients and internally works as a business resource manager.

Key Personnel

Bill Duree (Fuel System Designer)

Mr. Duree has been working in the design and engineering business since 1973 and has been working for TAIT since 1984. He has experience in anything that involves fueling motor vehicles, aircraft, emergency generators and locomotives, as well as some construction management & business development/marketing. He has a hands-on, working knowledge of the operations and maintenance requirements of the latest equipment used in petroleum storage and distribution systems, including spill containment fill boxes, containment sumps, overfill prevention devices, tank monitoring systems, underground and aboveground storage tanks, pumps, dispensers, vapor recovery systems, fuel management systems, and fiberglass and flexible piping systems. ** Bill is lauded across the industry for his attention to detail in his designs such as drawing to scale all the components in a UST sump. He is a hands-on mechanically inclined person resulting in his having a mechanical understanding of how the components work together as well as head logic/knowledge that make him an ideal resource for any fueling system designs needed.

Key Field Personnel – Construction Managers / Technicians / Others

Robert Kimberlin

Tim Norman

Mr. Norman has been working in the environmental industry for municipalities, private and public companies since 1978. After working alongside TAIT over that time, he joined the company as a full time employee and has been an Environmental Technician at TAIT for the last few years. His breadth of experience in the industry spans all aspects of petroleum fuel tank work, from installation through maintenance, including removal. He is a licensed A and B installer/remover and is also certified as a UST AB Operator.

Eric Durham

Eric Durham has been employed by TAIT Environmental Services for 12 years performing multiple UST services focusing on compliance testing and repairs of USTs for both municipal and private clients. His years of hands-on experience performing inspections, conducting testing events, making repairs to UST systems, and installing UST components have allowed him to develop into a well-rounded technician skilled in all aspects of field UST work. Mr. Durham has a plethora of manufacturing-specific certifications as well as ICC & state certifications.

**States we do work in – perhaps list by person? can do fuel design in all 50, etc.

Renewal of Texas Industrial Stormwater Permit

TCEQ is in the process of renewing the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit for industrial facilities, TXR050000[3], which expires August 14, 2016. A public meeting will be held on November 16, 2015.

A quick synopsis of the changes include:

  •  Changed the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code to clarify what facilities are regulated under the general permit.

  •  Added narrative and numeric effluent limitations guidelines for airport and airplane deicing operations.

  •  Changes to benchmark values and sampling.

  •  Added SIC code 7699 to Sector R.

  •  Clarified permit language in Part V, Sector P, pertaining to the storage of crude oil.

  •  Clarified permit language in Part V, Sector I (Oil and Gas Extraction Facilities) when facilities qualify for permit coverage under the EPA NPDES permit, or when they qualify under the MSGP.

  •  Clarified permit language in Part II, Section C.1(a) for above ground storage tanks (ASTs) requirements.

  •  Added language to Part III, Section D.1 (c) to clarify how permittees should document zero rainfall totals, or no rain for sampling requirements.

  • Added clarification to the section “Impaired Water Bodies and Total Maximum Daily Load Requirements” to address when discharges are considered discharging to an impaired water body.
  • Draft permit was similarly revised to clarify that an applicant who owns or operates a facility classified as an “unsatisfactory performer” is entitled to a hearing before the commission prior to denial or suspension of authorization.

You can view the full permit at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/permitting/stormwater/txr050000_factsheet.pdf

Written public comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 16, 2015 and may be submitted to:
Office of the Chief Clerk (MC 105)
TCEQ
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
Or electronically