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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.

TAIT Civil Engineering project at Columbus Square included civil engineering, permitting and entitlements, survey and mapping

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
TX UST Operator Classroom Training Testimonials

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

Water in sump of UST
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.


Do you have Emergency Generators in Texas?

Do you have Emergency Generators in Texas?

In Texas, B UST Operators can either be in-house employees, or subcontracted to a third party like TAIT. If you have questions about your system and the compliance responsibilities associated with it, that’s what we do! Contact me today and let’s see how we can help.

TFFA & TAIT at the booth

Training Director Andy Tait and TFFA’s Scott Fisher were instrumental in creating the A/B UST operator training course in Texas. Also pictured are Melanie Nelson who teaches the classroom training courses & Brian Liquin from TAIT’s Boise office, specializing in Architecture Engineering.

Many emergency generators have an underground or aboveground storage tank associated with them. TAIT is intimately familiar with these fueling systems and has designed, installed, removed, repaired, upgraded, maintained, tested and inspected these systems for generations. We are a third-party operator for many clients and are happy to consult with you about your current or planned systems.

Do you or your employees currently perform the inspections and maintenance on your systems?  If you an underground storage tank operator in Texas, you need to be certified. If you were certified by the deadline three years ago, it’s time for a refresher! TAIT is holding classes locally at our Dallas office, and around the state so reach out and find out when the next class is that is most convenient for you.

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 an existing course.

TAIT pre-development work

Tait & Associates and Tait Environmental Services (collectively TAIT) both worked on the Standard Pacific Greenwood at Tustin Legacy project. The environmental work that we did prior to the new and vibrant community that is being developed in Orange County included the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, as well as environmental soil sampling to screen areas of the former military base that had been used for agriculture, military uses, and previously contained underground storage tanks to confirm that the soil met residential environmental standards. TAIT also closed an abandoned well that was discovered during construction, and evaluated the environmental conditions of soil to be imported during grading to ensure that it met residential environmental standards. Drive by and take a look at the new models that are now open! Here is a copy of the Grand Opening Announcement.

Contact Us for more information regarding our survey and planning, permitting and environmental services. We look forward to hearing from you and discussing your projects!
Standard Pacific Greenwood at Tustin Legacy Grand Opening Announcement

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Applications

Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant Applications

As you may be aware, the Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) grant application period started in April 2015 and will be open for at least 60 days. Take a look at the sub-grant application announcement below concerning the grant application. This year there will be focus on the transportation of hazardous materials more specifically focusing on energy products such as crude oil, ethanol, and liquefied natural gas. The preparation of hazardous materials commodities flow studies is an important part of this scope of work.

U.S. Department of Transportation / Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (US DOT/PHMSA) 2015-2016 Hazardous Materials Emergency Preparedness (HMEP) Grant  Funding Priorities

Cal OES is developing the state’s 2015-16 HMEP Grant application, and anticipates releasing the associated Planning sub-grant application announcement in April 2015. The sub-grant application period will be open for at least 60 days. The following US DOT/PHMSA funding priorities will shape the upcoming Planning sub-grant solicitation and one or more should be addressed in the project objectives. When drafting applications, PHMSA encourages applicants to consider the following topics:
• Current risk involving transport of energy products such as crude oil, ethanol, and liquefied
natural gas (LNG);
• Current state of operational readiness/capability;
• Familiarity with bulk shippers’ emergency response plans/procedures;
• Available training resources (sources, accessibility, gaps in training); and
• Needs of emergency responders/public safety agencies
HMEP Planning sub-grant applicants are encouraged to allocate funding toward developing or revising emergency plans and exercise activities to account for bulk transportation of energy products by rail and over the road. Applicants are also encouraged to conduct commodity flow
studies or other HazMat transportation hazard analyses to determine the frequency and quantity of HazMat shipments being transported through local communities, and assessing the training needs of emergency responders to respond appropriately to incidents involving bulk shipments of energy products as well as other hazardous materials.

At TAIT, we have experience in performing Flow Studies and documenting the results in a usable report format for both CUPAs and Tribal Emergency Response Commissions (TERCs). In cooperation with your CUPA, we can determine the focus of the flow study, be it road, rail (including “oil-by-rail”), water, or air transport. Data obtained can be used for hazard identification, transport route designation, emergency response, and planning purposes. TAIT can work with you on the preparation of the application for the HMEP grants, should you decide to apply for one.

In coordination with you we can put together a comprehensive plan on completing a Flow Study that meets your local needs, including a focus on specific parts of your area where Hazmat transport is localized. Upon our initial your County/CUPA, we’ll consider and suggest a preliminary map of potential Highway Placard Study survey points. Additionally, we can perform Hazmat modeling using programs such as ALOHA and RMP Comp to help determine threat zones of various chemicals under specific conditions.

At TAIT, we are proud to have also prepared and updated Emergency Response Plans and Area Plans for CUPAs and for tribal entities through TERCs. Area Plans are used in the preparation of Emergency Operations/ Response Plans. Utilizing the information and procedures outlined in the Response Plans, we can provide table-top exercises covering a potential area-specific hazmat incident to test the validity of the plans.

We look forward to working with you on your projects. If you would like additional information and references on our past projects, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Paul N. McCarter, PG is a Senior Geologist/Senior Project Manager at TAIT Environmental Services, Inc. He can be reached directly at 714-560-8612 or For more about TAIT, visit our website

Texas Classroom Courses for the A/B UST Operator Certification

Are you an underground storage tank operator in Texas? If so, you need to be certified. If you were certified by the deadline three years ago, it’s time for a refresher! TAIT is holding classes locally at our Dallas office, and around the state so reach out and find out when the next class is that is most convenient for you.

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 an existing course.

Quick View of classes ( Click here to register and see most updated list)

  • June 17, 2015 – Abilene – Full – completed
  • June 24th – Dallas – completed
  • July 8th – San Antonio – seats available
  • July 9th – San Antonio – seats available
  • July 21st – San Antonio – seats available

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