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No Cost Online Fuel Spill Training Available to Marina Summer Hires

Spill prevention, planning and response training from Boat US offers videos, interactive exercises and interviews

Great news from Boat US for marina workers – free training teaching on how to respond to fuel and oil spills:

As the summer boating season is underway, marinas, boat yards and clubs are staffing up. These seasonal employees, sometimes high school, college students or part-timers are responsible for refueling hundreds of boats – but do they have the training to prevent a fuel spill? With a grant from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the BoatUS Foundation now offers these seasonal employees a critical learning tool, “Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff,” at

The free online course, which covers spill prevention, planning and response, offers videos, interactive exercises and interviews with spill responders, marina owners and managers, and can be taken at anytime.
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Spill Prevention and Response for Marina Staff does not provide HAZWOPER certification but covers the simple ways any seasonal employee can help prevent spills and safely respond should a spill occur as well as the simple steps they can take to prevent a spill at your marina. While the course is designed for new marina staff, included throughout are management tips to provide additional information to more senior staff.

The course looks at practical topics, such as how to know when a boat fuel tank is full. Additional content includes a look at different types of oil and fuel products at marinas and how to handle each safely, legally and carefully; impacts on the environment; ways to identify spill prone activities and best practices to prevent a spill; safety concerns and precautions needed with handling oil and fuel; how spill prevention and response laws impact refueling facilities; how to prepare for spill events; and know what steps to take if you have a spill.

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is a national leader promoting safe, clean and responsible boating. Funded primarily by the half-million members of BoatUS, it provides innovative educational outreach directly to boaters and anglers with the aim of reducing accidents and fatalities, increasing stewardship of America’s waterways and keeping boating safe for all.

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BoatUS Foundation Has Everything to Start Your Own Local Life Jacket Loaner Site
Signage, Discounted Life Jackets, How-To Guide

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TAIT is a contractor that does design & construction & maintenance for fueling systems. If your marina needs updates to or a new fueling system, please contact us to learn more about our experience

Enrollment for the Statewide Industrial General Storm Water Permit Extended 8/14/15

There’s still time for TAIT to assist with your CA Industrial General Storm Water Permit

Enrollment for the Statewide Industrial General Storm Water Permit (2014-0057-DWQ) has been Extended 6 weeks to close of business on Friday, August 14, 2015

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After close of business today, the State Water Resources Control Board announced the extension, saying

As you likely have observed, the State Water Resources Control Boards’ (State Water Board) SMARTS Storm Water Program database is limiting new enrollments or annual submittals from existing enrollees as required by the Statewide Industrial General Storm Water Permit (IGP). State Water Board staff have identified a technical issue that is affecting bandwidth of the system and restricting access to the database. Due to these challenges, the July 1, 2015 deadline for enrollment under IGP Permit 2014-0057-DWQ, adopted by the State Water Board on April 1, 2014, and the deadline for submittals under the now expired IGP Permit 97-03-DWQ have both been extended to close of business on Friday, August 14, 2015. This database access issue does not impact saved work items in SMARTS. If you have any questions or need customer assistance, our staff will be available to assist you during our normal business hours – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There are changes and you need to be prepared. For an overview, read our recent blog about CA’s New Industrial Storm Water Discharge Permit. IGP requires electronic applications and reporting. If you missed the 2015 Workshops for the New Industrial General Permit, we’ll be happy to discuss changes and the process with you, as well as perform the permitting for you. There are also resources available online such as the Summary of Significant Changes for the New Industrial General Permit. We look forward to talking with you.

Comparing EPA’s 2015 Revised UST Regulations Documents

Where do you start?

Want to know where to start when reviewing the 2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations Documents? I’ve been pouring through the documents shared on EPA’s website created just for the revisions of the UST regulations and here are some quick descriptions that I hope you’ll find helpful.

Comparison Chart of the 2015 Revised UST Regulations versus the 1988 UST Regulations This is a 10 page PDF Spreadsheet showing the highlights of the changes

Prepublication version of the final UST regulations This is the full 468 page document that explains the rationale behind the changes that were made to the regulations and includes the new regulations. The first half is an explanation that helps the reader to understand what the EPA considered, such as suggestions from commenters, during the discussion and decision making and the rationale for the decisions that were made. Here are the page numbers to go with the Table of Contents. That should help you navigate this big document 🙂

Red Line Strikeout of 40 CFR part 280 and 40 CFR part 281 This is 141 pages but is very helpful if you are used to looking up information in the regs already. This shows the differences between the regulations we are currently using/looking at, and the changes that have been made to the regulations.

MUSTs for USTs If you are new to owning or operating underground storage tanks, start here. TAIT recommends all Owners and Operators download and read the updated MUSTs for USTs. It’s an instruction manual that provides a nice straightforward explanation of requirements when owning and working with underground storage tanks. It’s 40 pages.

Regulatory impact analysis 167 pages, Potential costs, benefits and other impacts of the updated regs. They’re referred to in the Prepublication Version of the Regs as well. This may be good for giving an explanation of what we might expect to see overall, like the number of facilities affected.

Response to comments document 181 pages, if you commented on the regs and want to see the responses given, this is where you would look. Comments are also referred to in the Prepublication version of the final regs.

I hope this serves as a nice reference for you, and this should make finding what you are looking for even easier 🙂 For a more details, see the announcement blog 2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations.
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CA’s New Industrial Storm Water Discharge Permit is effective July 1, 2015

Are you aware of the changes to California’s Industrial Stormwater Discharge Permit? Are you prepared to submit electronically?

What are stormwater permits and why do I need to know?

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated. Most stormwater discharges are considered point sources and require coverage under an NPDES permit. Click to learn more about the Stormwater program. Most states are authorized to implement the Stormwater NPDES permitting program. EPA remains the permitting authority in a few states, territories, and on most land in Indian Country.

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Are you in California? Ready for the New Industrial Stormwater Permit?

In California, the CalEPA’s State Water Resources Board is the authority. The new Industrial General Permit (IGP) was adopted April 1, 2014 and is effective July 1, 2015. The IGP requires electronic applications and reporting. If you missed the
2015 Workshops for the New Industrial General Permit, we’ll be happy to discuss changes and the process with you, as well as perform the permitting for you. There are also resources available online such as the Summary of Significant Changes for the New Industrial General Permit.


 TAIT’s professional environmental consultants can provide one or all of the following services associated with this plan: 

  1. Preparation of the Notice of Intent (NOI) and Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and Site Map for the new General Permit. Assist clients with the electronic upload of the required information into the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Storm Water Multiple Application and Report Tracking System (SMARTS).
  2. Perform and document monthly inspections of the facilities to visually observe the best management practices (BMPs) for each drainage area for:
    • Unauthorized non-storm water discharges (NSWDs)
    • Authorized NSWDs
    • Outdoor Industrial activities, BMPs, potential pollutant sources
  3. Perform Qualifying Storm Event (QSE sampling):
    • 2 sampling events within first half of reporting year
    • 2 sampling events within second half of reporting year
    • Upload of sampling data into SMARTS database
  4. Prepare annual reports of facility activities, inspections, and sampling for the calendar year ending on July 1 of each year.  Upload of reports into the SMARTS database.
  5. If your facility qualifies for a No Exposure Certification (NEC), TAIT can assist with the preparation and uploading of the initial Permit Registration Documents (PRDs) and annual recertification documents via SMARTS.

Reach out to us and ask any questions you have. The deadline is coming up quickly, and we are here to help 🙂

New UST Regs for Protection from Groundwater Contamination

EPA’s updated underground storage tanks (UST) regulations are final and will be published soon in the Federal Register

The U.S. EPA has strengthened the Underground Storage Tank (UST) requirements to protect us from groundwater contamination with better prevention and detection of leaks from UST systems. The UST program changes, revisions to the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations, strengthen UST prevention and detection practices, increase emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment, and ensure parity in implementing the national UST program. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.

Check out the Comparison Chart overview of the 468 page document– it points out major changes to the 1988 UST regulations with the new 2015 UST regulations. You can see the actual differences in a redline strikeout version showing the final 2015 regulations imbedded into the existing regulations. I’ve found both of these documents very helpful. The 10-page chart is a great quick review and the strikeout is a good resource.

EPA created a specific website for the Revised UST Regulations so you can access links to a pre-publication version of the signed regulations, regulatory impact analysis, and response to comments document as well as the comparison and additional resources. Once published, a link to the Federal Register version of the regulations will also be listed there.

I really liked that Carolyn Hoskinson, the head of EPA’s UST program shared

At all times we based our decisions on these strong values:

  • balance important environmental protection with the reasonableness of the cost and complexity to our regulated community
  • focus on the highest priority areas that appear to continue to lead to ongoing releases from UST systems
  • allow flexibility whenever possible
  • rely on industry standards whenever possible
  • consider the implementation of these requirements and strive to make the requirements as straightforward as possible by things like aligning due dates and writing in plain, easy-to-understand language

While these changes may be difficult and expensive for people/companies, I understand that the underlying purpose is to protect us from groundwater contamination and appreciate the values Carolyn pointed out they operated under as they considered their revisions. The EPA granted a 3 year grace period for many of the significant changes. If you have any questions about your UST compliance, please ask. We’re here to help.


View from one of TAIT's projects in Alaska

View from one of TAIT’s projects in Alaska

UST Corrective Action Training

Did you know the EPA offers UST Corrective Action Training?

Multiple webinars are available for immediate free online learning

What are you interested in learning more about?

Innovate treatment and site characterization technologies for waste remediation

EPA has a website dedicated to Contaminated Site Clean-Up Information called CLU-IN. It’s full of information about Technologies, Contaminants, Issues, Strategies & Initiatives, Vendors & Developers, and it even lists Training & Events and Additional Resources.

  • Their next webinar is July 28th – SRI Webinar Series: Green Infrastructure: Reusing Contaminated Sites and Promoting Sustainable Communities. Click here to register.
  • You can start learning right now through their Archived Internet Seminars & Podcasts

Innovative analytical techniques, sampling strategies, and remediation technologies that are relevant to contaminated UST sites

The EPA developed a two-part, six hour site assessment and remediation training webinar you can access online called Best Management and Technical Practices for Site Assessment and Remediation

Petroleum Vapor Intrusion

You can access the archived Training Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management online. The Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council sponsored this training based on empirical data and research to support PVI decision making under different regulatory frameworks. Here is the ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Web-Based Document. It’s very extensive and a great resource.

  • There is no cost to participate in the ITRC on-line training whether it is a “live” training session or an archive of a previously offered training session, so I recommend if you’re interested that you register to receive more information. You can watch for Upcoming Live Web Events online.
  • Starting in late 2015, ITRC will offer a 2-day PVI focused classroom training at locations across the US. Email to indicate your interest in learning more in-depth information about the PVI pathway and practice applying the ITRC PVI guidance document

Remediation Strategy Decision-Making

The EPA developed this five-part webinar to provide experience using publicly-available simulation and data analysis tools that can be used to support remediation decisions and strategy development for sites contaminated by chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, or other constituents

Are you a remediation and/or site assessment professional? You can track new publications and events of interest by subscribing online to the EPA’s TechDirect and other newsletters.

TAIT’s Seattle Office

Tait & Associates continues to grow with a satellite office in Seattle

TAIT has 9 offices strategically located throughout the Western United States providing civil engineering and environmental services. Tait & Associates has over 50 years of experience and continues to grow with our clients.

TAIT does have a registered Architect (CA) in the Seattle office.  Currently 90% of the work being performed in this office is entitlement/design work for a pharmaceutical client as well as some big box retail remodel work.  Our civil engineering staff in Seattle is supported by TAIT’s Boise, Sacramento and Santa Ana offices.

We look forward to growing our presence in the pacific northwest and developing the office further. Please reach out for more information. We’ll be happy to discuss our expertise, qualifications and availability.

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Operator Training TX Classroom Courses 2015

2015 Texas A/B UST Operator Training

Register Now for your Refresher TX AB UST Operator Training Course

Next Upcoming Class: Abilene on June 16th Register Online or call 972-680-5120

Here is the current schedule of the date/s that are available for Texas AB Operator Classroom Training Sessions.

This Calendar was updated 6/24/2015, and lists the Dates and Locations of our planned UST Operator Training courses* – and shows Availability 

* If a class has been scheduled, but less than 10 attendees have registered within 72 hours of the class date, that class will be cancelled, and registrants will be moved to the next available date for UST Operator Training in their area.

Don’t see your city on the schedule? It probably will be or is a private class. Austin? Houston? Crockett? Others?

We also provide private classes and will come to your location for groups of 20 or more, or possibly with a minimum of 15 students if you are providing the location/facility and drinks/snacks/lunch for the class. Please call me to reserve a date or if you have any questions about the Texas A/B UST Operator Training: Melanie Nelson 214-531-9377 or you can email me at

The Deadline is Approaching

Most UST Operators were trained by the Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – DEADLINE. The course must be re-taken every three years. To secure their re-training session, many companies are beginning to schedule their Classroom Training dates even though they have months left before their deadline. We are happy to add additional classes, and are currently collecting contact information from individuals so that when we have enough for a class, we will schedule one. Please email with your Name, Email Address, and Phone Number, along with the number of people that will be attending with you (and their contact info if you have it).  Contact us for details and to schedule a Texas A/B UST Operator classroom training session. Don’t wait for your UST Operator Training Certificate to Expire, REGISTER NOW
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San Antonio Classroom TX A/B UST Operator Upcoming Classes

Training Class and Refresher Course in San Antonio

We just added another classroom session of the Texas A/B UST Operator training course in San Antonio.

The TX A/B UST Operator Certifications that were due August 8, 2012 are going to be expiring soon! Do you or the company you work for have underground storage tanks? If you have USTs in Texas, you need to be certified. Come take our course and finish in one day, or take your time and do it online. If you were certified by the deadline three years ago, it’s time for a refresher! TAIT is holding classes around the state and we just added another one in San Antonio. The AB Operator San Antonio classroom sessions are

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Classes are currently being scheduled and filled here. Call Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377 to schedule a private classroom training session in Texas or find out when the next one is in your area. Click here to register for one of the existing courses.

This classroom course goes through 8 sections, and has multiple breaks allowing the student time to refresh between sessions. The course utilizes visual aids and audio commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet the TCEQ regulations for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training and certification course has been approved by the TCEQ for becoming certified as a Class A and Class B UST Operator.