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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.

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.

CA Single Wall Tanks to be Removed by 2025

swrb-logoAll single wall tanks in California that were designed and constructed prior to 1997 will have to be removed by 12/31/2025

On September 25, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill No. 445 (SB445).  SB445 requires that single-walled USTs be permanently closed no later than December 31, 2025. 

SENATE BILL NO. 445 (STATS. 2014, CH 547) SUMMARY OF SINGLE-WALLED UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK (UST) PERMANENT CLOSURE PROVISIONS

On September 25, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill No. 445 (SB445) authored by Senate Member Hill. SB445 is an urgency statute that takes effect immediately. The complete text of SB445 can be found at: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0401-0450/sb_445_bill_20140925_chaptered.pdf. For your convenience the bullets below summarize the single-walled UST permanent closure provisions of SB445.

On or before December 31, 2025, the owner or operator of an UST shall permanently close the UST if it was designed and constructed before 1997 in accordance with paragraph (7) of section 25291(a) or if it was designed and constructed before 1984 and does not meet the requirements of section 25291(a)(1)-(6). Authority: California Health and Safety Code, section 25292.05(a).

The State Water Board may adopt regulations to implement section 25292.05(a) at an earlier date if the UST poses a high threat to water quality or public health. Authority: California Health and Safety Code, section 25292.05(b).

Grant and loan money will be available

Grant and loan money will be available through the Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tank (RUST) Program to assist eligible small businesses to permanently close single-walled USTs. More detailed information will be forthcoming regarding the single-walled UST permanent closure and RUST Program via each program’s Lyris Email Distribution System and through each program’s website. To sign up for the Lyris Email Distribution System please visit the following website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/ust_subscribe.shtml.

Have Questions?

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) including the UST Leak Prevention Unit, UST Cleanup Fund Program, Orphan Site Cleanup Fund, Office of Enforcement, and the RUST Program are all working diligently to get information about SB445 disseminated to the public. After this detailed information is disseminated and you still have questions regarding the UST permanent closure provisions of SB 445 please contact Laura Fisher, Chief UST Leak Prevention Unit & Office of Tank Tester Licensing at (916) 341-5870 or lfisher@waterboards.ca.gov, or for RUST information contact Janice Clemons at (916) 341-5657 or jclemons@waterboards.ca.gov. For all other questions, please send an email to ustcleanupfund@waterboards.ca.gov using the subject line “SB445”.

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.

 

TAIT Preps for NACS/PEI Show – Starting This Weekend!

Are you attending the PEI Convention OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013 at the NACS Show? Come see TAIT  in booth #4552!

This weekend, TAIT associates Melanie Nelson, Al Throckmorton and Dennis Tweedy head to Atlanta, Georgia from around the country to meet with more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Last year’s event the NACS Show 2012, was great and we expect this year’s turnout and events to be even better!

A few events we are looking forward to and hope to see you at are:

PEI Events

PEI After-Hours Lounge – Saturday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Sunday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Westin Peachtree Plaza, Lobby Bar PEI’s After-Hours Lounge is the perfect place to come and unwind after a day at the show. Catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones before venturing off to dinner or nightlife in Atlanta.

PEI’s Membership Breakfast

PEI Industry Reception – Monday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – GWCC, Building B, Level 2 Concourse, top of escalators outside of Fuel Equipment & Services area The PEI Industry Reception is the number one networking event of the week! This event provides the best opportunity to socialize with PEI friends while enjoying complimentary food, live music and beverages. Your PEI badge is your ticket. No extra charge to attend.  

Here is PEI’s full Schedule of Events

Here is NACS full Schedule of Events

NACS Show Kickoff Party

Sunday Funday

NACS Closing General Session featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

Contact us to learn more about what TAIT has to offer, or meet us at NACS! Reach out for a tour, we’ll be happy to show you around.

TAIT in the News

TAIT is in the News, again! Here are some pictures and articles where TAIT projects and associates are being featured.

Spetember 2013

COO Tim Ericsen speaks regarding DUSTO program – featured in the O&A Marketing News article about the Pacific Oil Conference.

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the O&A Marketing News

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the “O&A” Oil &Automotive Marketing News – for presenting “Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program” at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

Coming Soon! Online California Designated UST Operator Training Course!

After training Designated UST Operators (also known as DOs or DUSTOs) for over 9 years in a classroom setting, TAIT is now in the process of converting our classroom course to an online, self-paced course, which will be available in the Fall of 2013!

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 will be available 24/7, and will be self-paced, meaning a student’s work will be 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 check out the preview below:

Please visit www.pstinstruction.com for more information on this new course, as well as the other UST Operator Training Courses TAIT offers.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

You aren’t alone.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has indicated that the mandatory electronic submittals of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP)s and Underground Storage Tanks (UST)s information is significantly behind it’s scheduled implementation this year.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

CERS – Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Excerpts from the September 2013 Cal/EPA Unified Program Newsletter include:

  • According to the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to complete your facility’s electronic reporting for Hazardous Materials Business Plans and underground storage tank (UST) information.  The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), a statewide web-based system to support California Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and Participating Agencies (PAs) in electronically collecting and reporting various hazardous materials-related data, was mandated by the California Health and Safety Code and legislation (AB 2286).  Starting in 2013, all businesses that have facilities regulated by a CUPA under the Unified Program must now submit Unified Program-related information such as hazardous materials business plans, chemical inventories, site maps, underground and aboveground tank data, and hazardous waste related data electronically to CERS instead of on paper forms.
  • The first year of electronic reporting is rapidly drawing to a close.  Cal/EPA reports that as of September 1, 2013, only one-third of the state’s regulated facilities have used CERS, the state’s on-line electronic reporting portal, to report or verify at least some Business Plan information.  Statutory mandates and state policy require ALL regulated facilities statewide to report business plan information or underground storage tank information electronically during 2013.
  • Only 4 months remain in 2013 and nearly two-thirds of the state’s regulated facilities are not current in CERS.  Businesses that have regulated facilities will need to take action during the next four months to complete their 2013 electronic reporting, as Cal/EPA indicates that the Unified Program Agencies (UPAs) will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to ensure that facilities are in compliance.

IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE REPORTING TO CERS, WE CAN HELP.

To contact CalEPA directly, you can email them your questions, comments, and concerns.

TAIT is experienced in assisting businesses with their electronic reporting through CERS. Please contact TAIT if you need assistance with electronic reporting in CERS.  TAIT has uploaded data and plans for more than 100 facilities for our existing clients.

 

COO of Tait Environmental Services, Tim Ericsen, Presented at the Pacific Oil Conference

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, spoke at the Pacific Oil Conference last week in Los Angeles.

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Educational topics covered legal issues, environmental  compliance, marketing, regulations and best practices for

  • Wholesale,
  • Multi-Segment,
  • Retail, and
  • Sales

specific tracks over a three day period. Networking events were a large focus, to expand businesses professional circles at and away from the tradeshow floor.

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

Having performed over 50,000 DO inspections in California since 2005, “Designated Operators – What You Need to Know” was a comfortable topic for TES. Our team currently provides third-party DO services for over 650 UST locations throughout the state and thoroughly understands the challenges faced by UST owners.  The session focused on how to effectively manage a third-party provider, while getting the most “bang for your buck.”  Specific topics included:

  • Understanding the role of the Designated Operator
  • Common Errors and Omissions
  • Value-Added Services

Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

TAIT also provides certification prep courses for the ICC California Designated Operator exam.  To date, TAIT has prepared over 4,000 students for their certification exam.  Classroom-based courses are offered throughout the year in both southern and northern California.  Learn more about TAIT’s training offerings in California and across the nation at www.PSTinstruction.com.

Whether you hire a third-party our handle the Designated Operator role in-house, TAIT has a solution for you! Contact us for more information and to schedule inspections.

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

Visit Tait Environmental Services if you are local to, or traveling and will be in the Dallas area.

Have a question about TAIT’s services? Call the Dallas office and stop by to say hello! We enjoy having visitors and for people to swing by when they are in the area. Here are a few pictures I’ve collected with some of the TAIT associates from around the country that stopped by to visit our office.

Here are some pictures from visits to the office. Notice our Goals and Values Statements on the wall in the background. One of the things I love best about TAIT is that they stand by and live out daily these goals and values – they’re more than just a statement of what should be.

Melanie Nelson, Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Melanie with Chuck and Tim from the Santa Ana office.

 

Andy Tait with Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Andy with Chuck and Tim, in town from California for client meetings.

In order of appearance: Melanie Nelson is the Business Development & Technology Solutions, currently focusing on a SharePoint 2013 rollout and is located in Dallas, Texas.  Chuck Bentley heads up the Designated Operator program on the West coast for one of our national clients. Underground tank inspections and routine AST site inspections are part of the programmatic work that TAIT does. Our technicians visit UST and AST sites during the month performing routine inspections, testing, repairs, and more. Tim Ericsen is the COO of Tait Environmental Services (TES), and recently was one of the speakers at the Pacific Oil Conference. Andy Tait is a Director at TES in our Dallas office. With a remediation background, he is currently busy on many new construction c-store fueling system installs.

Public Comments due May 9th for Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Notice of 15-Day Public Notice and Comment Period for Modifications to Text of Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Cal/EPA Unified Program has submitted the Title 27 Rulemaking package to OAL for review. The 15-Day Public Notice of the Modified Text and the modified text of the regulations (shown in double strikeout and double underline) are attached below.

If you have any questions, please contact Farida Islam at fislam@calepa.ca.gov in case of any question.

Title 27_2012_reg change_strikeout_underline 4 22 13 This document will show the modified text, but is not being copied here as it is 95 pages.

Title 27 NOTICE OF MODIFIED TEXT This is the announcement, and the text is copied below.

CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

April 24, 2013

NOTICE OF MODIFICATIONS TO TEXT OF PROPOSED TITLE 27 REGULATIONS

Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.8 (c), and section 44 of Title 1 of the California Code of Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Unified Program is providing notice of changes made to the proposed Title 27 regulations, which were not part of the original public comment period or the regulatory hearing held on April 19, 2013. Section 15186.1 has been recently added to the proposed Title 27 regulations. This addition is in accordance with the policy memo titled “Cal/EPA Unified Program Policy Memo for Lead Acid Battery Inventory Reporting (UP-11-03),” which was issued to all stakeholders on April 28th, 2011.

If you have any comments regarding the proposed changes, the Cal/EPA Unified Program will accept written comments between April 24 and May 9, 2013. All written comments, including those sent by mail, facsimile, or e-mail must be submitted to the Agency no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013, and addressed to:

Farida Islam, Environmental Scientist
Cal/EPA Unified Program
1001 I street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 322-5615
E-mail Address:
 
fislam@calepa.ca.gov

All written comments received by May 9, 2013 that pertain to the indicated changes will be reviewed and responded by the Agency’s staff as part of the compilation of the rulemaking file. Please limit your comments to the proposed modifications to the text.