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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 mnelson@tait.com.

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 mnelson@tait.com 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

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.

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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EPA Releases Top 25 List of Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

TAIT has a presence in or near many of the cities listed below. If you have questions about civil engineering and architecture, contact us today to learn more about TAIT’s services and ensuring your buildings and projects exceed expectations!

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April 10, 2014

EPA Releases Top 25 List of Cities with Most Energy Star Buildings

Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, New York, San Francisco make top five, cutting energy costs while increasing efficiency, protecting health, reducing pollution

WASHINGTON
– Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the sixth annual list of the top 25 U.S. metropolitan areas with the most Energy Star certified buildings. The cities on this list demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits achieved by facility owners and managers when they apply a proven approach to energy efficiency to their buildings.

The Top 10 cities on the list are: Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; and Houston.

“Not only are the Energy Star top 25 cities saving money on energy costs and increasing energy efficiency, but they are promoting public health by decreasing greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings,” said Administrator Gina McCarthy. “Every city has an important role to play in reducing emissions and carbon pollution, and increasing energy efficiency to combat the impacts of our changing climate.”

Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. Energy Star certified office buildings cost $0.50 less per square foot to operate than average office buildings, and use nearly two times less energy per square foot than average office buildings.

The data also show that more than 23,000 buildings across America earned EPA’s Energy Star certification by the end of 2013. These buildings saved more than $3.1 billion on utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use from 2.2 million homes.

First released in 2008, the list of cities with the most Energy Star certified buildings continues to demonstrate how cities across America, with help from Energy Star, are embracing energy efficiency as a simple and effective way to save money and prevent pollution. Los Angeles has remained the top city since 2008 while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year. Atlanta moved up from the number five to number three. For the first time, Philadelphia entered the top 10, ranking ninth.

Commercial buildings that earn EPA’s Energy Star must perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide and must be independently verified by a licensed professional engineer or a registered architect. Energy Star certified buildings use an average of 35 percent less energy and are responsible for 35 percent less carbon dioxide emissions than typical buildings. Many types of commercial buildings can earn the Energy Star, including office buildings, K-12 schools, hotels, and retail stores.

Products, homes and buildings that earn the Energy Star label prevent greenhouse gas emissions by meeting strict energy efficiency requirements set by the U.S. EPA. In 2013 alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved an estimated $30 billion on their utility bills and prevented greenhouse gas emissions equal to the annual electricity use of more than 38 million homes. From the first Energy Star qualified computer in 1992, the Energy Star label can now be found on products in more than 70 different categories, with more than 4.5 billion sold. Over 1.5 million new homes and 23,000 commercial buildings and industrial plants have earned the Energy Star label.

The 2014 Energy Star Top Cities are:

1. Los Angeles
2. Washington, DC
3. Atlanta
4. New York
5. San Francisco
6. Chicago
7. Dallas-Fort Worth
8. Denver
9. Philadelphia
10. Houston
11. Charlotte
12. Phoenix
13. Boston
14. Seattle
15. San Diego
16. Minneapolis-St. Paul
17. Sacramento
18. Miami
19. Cincinnati
20. San Jose
21. Columbus, Ohio
22. Riverside, Calif.
23. Detroit
24. Portland, Ore.
25. Louisville

More on the 2013 top cities: www.energystar.gov/topcities

More on Energy Star certified buildings:
www.energystar.gov/buildinglist

More about earning the Energy Star label for commercial buildings:
www.energystar.gov/labeledbuildings

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Stage II Vapor Recovery in Texas

Federal Register imageThe EPA approved the Texas State Implementation Plan (SIP) to decommission Stage II Vapor Recovery. The final rule is available at http://www.regulations.gov  Docket # EPA-R06-OAR-2013-0439. The effective date for this rule is 4/16/14.

Should you have any questions, reach out to our Regulatory Affairs Manager, Brian Harmon. TAIT’s long history with fuel systems makes us an ideal candidate for consulting work and being an information resource for you.

The Federal Register Federal Register /Vol. 79, No. 51 /Monday, March 17, 2014 /Rules and Regulations lists the details, and you can learn more in our previous blogs:

TCEQ Publishes Changes Coming for Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems
TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II
TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery
Has Your State Waived Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements?

UST Training course for AB Operators in Texas

UST Operator Training in Texas, TCEQ Notifications Mailed Statewide

TCEQ’s COMPLIANCE PUSH – UST OPERATOR TRAINING

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality required AB UST Operator Training be completed by August 8, 2012. TAIT traveled across the state holding training courses, and still offers courses online or in the classroom for groups of 20+. The TCEQ has recently begun to send letters to over 10,000 UST facility owners regarding their compliance with the UST Operator Training requirements. They track compliance with the training requirement through the Self-Certification process – requiring owners to list the names and training certificate number or a copy of the certificate be included with the annual filing.

We are well versed in the Texas UST regulations, and regulations for other states across the country. More than a training company, we are a licensed UST installer/remover in Texas, and across the US – when there is a difficult fueling scenario or compliance issues, TAIT is the go-to company. TAIT makes it easy to meet the training requirement:

Click here to register online http://pstinstruction.com/collections/all/products/bulk-discounted-ust-operator-online-training

Call us to register via phone: 972-680-5120 

Here is a screenshot of the ordering system. When ordering multiple training courses, TAIT offers a discount. Ask us how we can coordinate your training program today!

UST Training course for AB Operators in Texas

EPA has requested the TCEQ verify the compliance rate since the TCEQ could only provide information that about half of the UST owners had proven compliance with the training requirement.

The TFFA, our training partner along with 360 training, prepared Regulatory Alert #546  so TFFA members could forward the information and the Regulatory Alert to their customers that own and operate underground storage tanks. It is likely the TCEQ will soon target enforcement against those facility owners who fail to respond to the agency’s letter.

334.603(b) – states 72 hours:Owners and operators of underground storage tank facilities (except unmanned facilities) must maintain required training certification documentation as described in §334.603(b) of this title (relating to Acceptable Operator Training and Certification Processes) on-site and must provide it upon request to a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) or TCEQ-authorized investigator. Documentation may be maintained electronically off-site if that facility has the capability of producing a clear printed copy which can be provided to a TCEQ or TCEQ-authorized investigator within 72 hours of the time of the investigation. Owners and operators of unmanned facilities must provide documentation as requested by a TCEQ investigator or TCEQ-authorized investigator.

Adoption of the Texas UST Operator Training

TCEQ Approved UST AB Operator Training Course

Resources

TCEQ _ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

TCEQ Issues a New Phase II MS4

TCEQ Issues a New Phase II MS4

The TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality‘s publication The Advocate – writing for and about small businesses and local governments affected by environmental regulations published this update:

TCEQ _ Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

The new TPDES general permit for Phase II (Small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.  TXR040000 became effective December 13, 2013. Operators of small MS4s must apply for authorization under the new permit by June 11, 2014.

Municipalities and other entities such as counties, universities, and special districts may be regulated MS4 operators if their roads, streets, gutters, ditches, channels, drains, or other stormwater conveyances are located within an urbanized area (UA). Maps identifying the urbanized areas are listed by city and state at the United States Census Bureau website.

To obtain permit coverage, submit a new Notice of Intent, a $100 application fee, and a Stormwater Management Program before June 11, 2014. Existing authorizations will remain active until the new applications are approved.

MS4s serving a population of fewer than 1,000 within a UA may qualify for a waiver. Those applications must also be submitted before June 11, 2014. Provisional coverage begins 30 days after the TCEQ receives the application.

The reissued general permit, factsheet, Response to Comments, and a Frequently Asked Questions document are now available on the TCEQ website.

The revised NOI Form No. 20368 and Waiver Form No. 20369 can be found on the TCEQ website. Forms from the previous permit period are no longer valid and will not be processed.

Additional compliance resources are available at Assistance Tools for Stormwater Permitting

For help understanding the requirements or the permitting process, contact the Small Business & Local Government Assistance Section’s compliance hotline at 1-800-447-2827 or the Stormwater & Pretreatment Team at 512-239-4671 or by email.

TCEQ Publishes Changes Coming for Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems

The TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality‘s publication The Advocate – writing for and about small businesses and local governments affected by environmental regulations published this update regarding the removal of Stage II Vapor Recovery equipment. The rules are written, but are awaiting approval by the EPA. Removal will not begin until a minimum of 30 days after approval. Even with approval to remove the equipment, costs may restrict many owner/operators of fuel dispensing facilities to retain the equipment they have.

TCEQ Publication "The Advocate" for and about small business and local governments affected by environmental regulationsWhen the Federal Clean Air Act was written, it prescribed stage II vapor recovery systems be used until onboard vapor recovery canisters on vehicles were in widespread use. EPA has determined that onboard canisters on vehicles are now in widespread use, which will allow states to develop a procedure for removing or decommissioning stage II systems. The procedure must be approved by the EPA.

The TCEQ has completed revising the rules and they are being reviewed by the EPA. Decommissioning may not begin until 30 days after the EPA approves the modified TCEQ rules. We have been working closely with EPA in this process and we expect the EPA to approve the TCEQ rules sometime in the first half of 2014. In the meantime, you must maintain Stage II vapor recovery system equipment and testing.

Information will be sent to all owners and operators when the EPA approves the TCEQ rules. The updated information will be available online.

You can receive updates by e-mail: on the TCEQ home page, click on “sign up for e-mail updates” and after logging in, click on “Regulatory Announcements for Small Businesses and Local Governments.”

If you have any questions about Stage II Vapor Recovery requirements in Texas or other states, Contact Us to learn more. Our Regulatory Affairs Manager, Brian Harmon is a subject matter expert and will be happy to help answer questions or address scenarios where you may want to make changes at your facilities. TAIT has experience at all levels with Stage II Vapor Recovery Systems.

Previous Blogs:

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery

Has Your State Waived Stage II Vapor Recovery Requirements?

TAIT Expanding in 2014

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Tait & Associates and Tait Environmental Services continue to expand our geographic reach and presence. 2014 is off to a quick start!

Bryan Long is starting with Tait Environmental Services today, and will be working in the Houston, TX area. 1/06/2014


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