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NYC Biodiesel Regulations Update

NYC Biodiesal Regulations Update

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed a bill into law last week that requires the city fleet to use a B5 biodiesel blend beginning July 1, 2014. Beginning July 1, 2016, the city fleet must use a B20 blend from April to November. The city will also launch a pilot program prior to December 1, 2016, to study year-round usage of B20 with no fewer than 5 percent of the city fleet.

Wall Street Journal reports:

The measure, introduced by Councilman Jim Gennaro, codifies the city’s existing use of biodiesel blends in the city’s fleet of approximately 6000 vehicles. The city’s Parks and Recreation Department has been using B5 for the last two years and began using B20 this year during warmer months.

The new law requires the city fleet to use a B5 biodiesel blend beginning July 1, 2014. Beginning July 1 2016, the city fleet must use a B20 blend from April to November. The city will also launch a pilot program prior to December 1, 2016 to study year round usage of B20 with no fewer than 5 percent of the city fleet.

Biodiesel magazine wrote:

Home to nearly 8,000 diesel vehicles, the city already uses biodiesel blends in almost all vehicles and in such prominent and key roles as Central Park management, snow removal and garbage collection. The city was an early adopter and is home to many of biodiesel’s biggest champions. A move to B20 would add up to 2 million gallons of biodiesel use annually.

Come see us at PEI/NACS!

TAIT will be in booth #4552

PEI 2014 CONVENTION DATES: OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013

 

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. In 2012, the NACS Show attracted 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.

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.

EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2013

EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements

WASHINGTON – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can  click on any state for a list of EISs, , including information about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of these projects.

EIS Mapper – powered by ESRI

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to consider the impacts of proposed actions, as well as any reasonable alternatives as part of their decision-making process. For proposed projects with potentially significant impacts, federal agencies prepare a detailed Environmental Impact Statement which is filed with EPA and made available for public review and comment. EPA is required to review and comment on Environmental Impact Statements prepared by other federal agencies.

“This interactive tool makes it easier for the public to be informed about the environment around them,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, which oversees NEPA compliance. “Major projects and decisions have the potential to affect the environment where you work and live. I encourage everyone to check out the tool, stay informed and lend your voice.”

The user can click on a state in the map and is provided with comment letters submitted by the EPA on Environmental Impact Statements within the last 60 days. The tool also provides users with the information they need to identify projects with open comment periods, including how to submit comments.

Click on the State to see EPA Comments on the Environmental Impact Statements

The tool supports EPA’s commitment to utilize advanced information technologies that help increase transparency of its enforcement and compliance programs. EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance has recently launched the “Next Generation Compliance” initiative, designed to modernize its approach and drive improved compliance to reduce pollution. Learn more about the effort by visiting: http://blog.epa.gov/epaconnect/2013/08/nextgen/.

To use EPA’s EIS Mapper, visit http://eismapper.epa.gov/.

For more about EPA’s NEPA Program, visit: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/nepa/

New Recommendations for Installing ASTs

AST systems continue to be important for commercial, emergency generator, agricultural and other similar applications. Especially in cases where there is room for them to be installed. When real estate is sparse, owners often must still rely on the more heavily regulated USTs. The Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) issued a new recommended practice for installing ASTs. PEI/RP200: Installation of Aboveground Storage Systems for Motor Vehicle Fueling, went through its most  recent review and finalized the sixth edition of the document in March 2013.

Reading through the recent article in the PEI Journal regarding RP200, here are some excerpts that spell out the biggest changes from their 2008 version:

  • Improvements in Fire Safety
  • Electronic gauges for all kinds of tanks
  • Better structural integrity of tanks
  • Technical updates to conform with UL 142 on tank capacity, length and diameter
  • Steel Tank Institute performance references updated to new STI standards
  • Brand new Appendix C: side-by-side comparison of key requirements in NFPA 30A: Code for Motor Fuel Dispensing Facilities and Repair Garages and the International Fire Code that impact AST installation

PEI recommended practices have tremendous visibility and credibility. People want to be involved because it’s a chance to truly make a difference. TAIT’s Regulatory Affairs Manager, Brian Harmon was very involved in RP1200. We are pleased to support the community and stay abreast of upcoming regulations and recommended practices by participating and responding on issues.

Engineers and owners want a superior product and are willing to spend extra money for double wall aboveground tanks and double wall piping—again, even when they don’t have to. It shows that the industry is taking pollution and safety seriously—moving from “let’s get this done” to “let’s make  sure we do this right.” And that’s a good thing. – Kirk Mercer, CEO of R.W. Mercer Company in Jackson, Mich., chairman of PEI’s Aboveground Tank Installation Committee, has been involved since the beginning – 1992.

If you have any questions regarding installing ASTs, please contact us. We design, install, repair, test, inspect and remove both Aboveground and Belowground Storage Tanks across the nation. We are happy to help you consider your options and discuss individual situations. Contact us Today for more information.

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards

EPA Finalizes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards to Help Promote American Energy Independence, Reduce Carbon Pollution

EPA also announces steps to address concerns about the E10 blend wall

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance energy security and reduce carbon pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today finalized the 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories that are part of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program established by Congress. Most of these fuels are produced by American farmers and growers domestically and help reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change.

The final 2013 overall volumes and standards require 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels to be blended into the U.S. fuel supply (a 9.74 percent blend). This standard specifically requires:

•           Biomass-based diesel (1.28 billion gallons; 1.13 percent)
•           Advanced biofuels (2.75 billion gallons; 1.62 percent)
•           Cellulosic biofuels (6.00 million gallons; 0.004 percent)

The Renewable Fuels Regulations and Standards can be found on the EPA’s website. You can read the Regulatory Announcement and the Final Rule along with full data online.

These standards reflect EPA’s updated production projections, which are informed by extensive engagement with industry and a thorough assessment of the biofuels market.

During this rulemaking, EPA received comments from a number of stakeholders concerning the “E10 blend wall.” Projected to occur in 2014, the “E10 blend wall” refers to the difficulty in incorporating ethanol into the fuel supply at volumes exceeding those achieved by the sale of nearly all gasoline as E10. Most gasoline sold in the U.S. today is E10. In the rule issued today, EPA is announcing that it will propose to use flexibilities in the RFS statute to reduce both the advanced biofuel and total renewable volumes in the forthcoming 2014 RFS volume requirement proposal.

EPA is also providing greater lead time and flexibility in complying with the 2013 volume requirements by extending the deadline to comply with the 2013 standards by four months, to June 30, 2014.

A January 2013 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals required the agency to reevaluate projections for cellulosic biofuel to reflect market conditions; the final 2013 standard for cellulosic biofuel announced today was developed in a manner consistent with the approach outlined in that ruling.

The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) established the RFS program and the annual renewable fuel volume targets, which steadily increase to an overall level of 36 billion gallons in 2022. To achieve these volumes, EPA calculates a percentage-based standard for the following year. Based on the standard, each refiner and importer determines the minimum volume of renewable fuel that it must ensure is used in its transportation fuel.

More information on the standards and regulations: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/regulations.htm

More information on renewable fuels: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/index.htm

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TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

The TCEQ has been busy hearing public comments all over the state last week and this week. Did you submit comments?

The only comment I have heard so far from our Regulatory Affairs Manager is

115.241(b)(4) – Add TXP-101 as a test requirement. Some vapor space manifolds may have been achieved through the Vapor Return piping. One of the current proposed requirements is to disconnect the vapor return piping from the UST.

Take a look at the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115, and let us know your thoughts. Keep in mind that they may change after hearing the public comments, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

Resources:

If you have any questions, contact Brian Harmon and get the dialogue going. TAIT has extensive experience in installing and removing VR equipment, as our largest branches are in California and we have the experience of operating under many of the stricter EPA guidelines for years. We look forward to hearing from you!

Looking forward to PEI / NACS 2013!

TAIT eagerly anticipates attending this year’s PEI / NACS Show, which takes place from October 12 to 15, 2013 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

We will have a booth and will be meeting with current and prospective clients both from the environmental side of the house, Tait Environmental Services and from the architectural / civil side, Tait & Associates.

PEI / NACS is a great show we consistently attend, rated Top 10 again last year. Do you have plans to attend? Contact us now and let’s discuss how we can do business together, and perhaps plan a time to meet up while we are in Atlanta.

NACS has announced a series of new post-expo evening events such as:

  • NACS Show Kick-Off Party | Saturday, October 12 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Held on Atlanta’s “Restaurant Row,” the kick-off party will have planned entertainment and all attendees are eligible for a “Golden Ticket,” where winners will receive a limo party, spending money and access to exclusive parties all week. Tickets for the event are included in full registrations.
  • NACS Show Tailgate Party Sunday | October 13 | 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm  Attendees can stop by the Hall C lobby of the Georgia World Congress Center to watch NFL games and highlights on flat-screen TVs, as well as participate in onsite games and activities. Registration is free for all attendees.
  • NACS Show 2014 Launch Party | Monday, October 14 | 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm The Launch Party is also in the Hall C lobby of the GA WCC and will feature bands and other entertainment. The event allows attendees to learn more about other industry events that can help grow their business in 2014 and beyond. Registration is free for all attendees.

Chip Conley will be speaking at NACS this year. Chip is a best-selling author and acclaimed motivational speaker. He founded Joie de Vivre, California’s largest independent hotel company and America’s second-largest boutique hotelier, with over 40 unique and award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas.

Join us this year at the PEI/NACS show. We had a great time last year and look forward to it every year. Contact us to learn more.

TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery

TCEQ have filed revisions to Chapter 115 with the Chief Clerk that will eliminate stage II Vapor Recovery systems on new UST installations and allow existing locations to remove the Stage II Vapor Recovery systems. These revisions have to be approved by the commission before being submitted to the Texas Register for public comment. Typically they will be adopted by the commission 20 days after they are submitted to the Texas Register.

Texas has also submitted a revised State Implementation Plan with the EPA. Upon EPA Approval and adoption by the commission the revisions will be made to Chapter 115.

To view the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115 click here. Keep in mind that they may change due to public comment, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

UPDATE: The commission will hold public hearings on this proposal at the following locations, all hearings will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso Public Library, Auditorium, located at 501 N. Oregon;

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Beaumont, Texas, at the TCEQ Region 10 Office, located at 3870 Eastex Freeway;

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Houston, Texas, at the Houston Galveston Area Council, 2nd Floor Room A, located at 3555 Timmons;

Monday, June 3, 2013 – Arlington, Texas, in the Arlington City Council Chamber, located at 101 W. Abram Street;

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Austin Texas, at the TCEQ Central Office, Building E, Room 201.

EPA Will Propose Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard

Want to go directly to the source?  Tier 3 Vehicle Emissions and Standards Program . For more information, you may also read these previous blogs: Renewable Fuel Standards and EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2013 (another release was also sent 3/29/13 and is below)

EPA Will Propose Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths per year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

Following a proven systems approach that addresses vehicles and fuels as an integrated system, today’s proposal will enable the greatest pollution reductions at the lowest cost. The proposal will slash emissions of a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses,  including reducing smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, establish a 70 percent tighter particulate matter standard, and reduce fuel vapor emissions to near zero.  The proposal will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene, by up to 40 percent.

The proposal supports efforts by states to reduce harmful levels of smog and soot and eases their ability to attain and maintain science-based national ambient air quality standards to protect public health, while also providing flexibilities for small businesses, including hardship provisions and additional lead time for compliance.

“The Obama Administration has taken a series of steps to reinvigorate the auto industry and ensure that the cars of tomorrow are cleaner, more efficient and saving drivers money at the pump and these common-sense cleaner fuels and cars standards are another example of how we can protect the environment and public health in an affordable and practical way,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Today’s proposed standards – which will save thousands of lives and protect the most vulnerable — are the next step in our work to protect public health and will provide the automotive industry with the certainty they need to offer the same car models in all 50 states.

By 2030, EPA estimates that the proposed cleaner fuels and cars program will annually prevent up to 2,400 premature deaths, 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, 3,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits, and 1.8 million lost school days, work days and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution. Total health-related benefits in 2030 will be between $8 and $23 billion annually.  The program would also reduce exposure to pollution near roads. More than 50 million people live, work, or go to school in close proximity to high-traffic roadways, and the average American spends more than one hour traveling along roads each day.

Throughout the development of the proposal, EPA met with representatives from the automotive and oil and gas industry as well as environmental, consumer advocacy and public health organizations.  Based on initial feedback from these groups and a thorough rulemaking process, EPA’s proposal is estimated to provide up to seven dollars in health benefits for every dollar spent to meet the standards. The proposed sulfur standards will cost refineries less than a penny per gallon of gasoline on average once the standards are fully in place.
The proposed vehicle standards will have an average cost of about $130 per vehicle in 2025. The proposal also includes flexibilities for small businesses, including hardship provisions and additional lead time for compliance.

The proposed standards will reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent – down to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2017. Reducing sulfur in gasoline enables vehicle emission control technologies to perform more efficiently.  This means that vehicles built prior to the proposed standards will run cleaner on the new low-sulfur gas, providing significant and immediate benefits by reducing emissions from every gas-powered vehicle on the road.

The proposed standards will work together with California’s clean cars and fuels program to create a harmonized nationwide vehicle emissions program that enables automakers to sell the same vehicles in all 50 states. The proposal is designed to be implemented over the same timeframe as the next phase of EPA’s national program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks beginning in model year 2017. Together, the federal and California standards will maximize reductions in GHGs, air pollutants and air toxics from cars and light trucks while providing automakers regulatory certainty and streamlining compliance.

Once published in the Federal Register, the proposal will be available for public comment and EPA will hold public hearings to receive further public input.

Information on EPA’s notice of proposed rulemaking:  http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 29, 2013

Here’s What They’re Saying about EPA’s Proposed Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths per year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
“The new motor fuel standards proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama’s leadership will help Maryland reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Reductions from mobile sources are one of the most important strategies needed to provide clean air to Maryland’s citizens for generations to come. Today’s actions will also provide a significant benefit to the Chesapeake Bay as approximately one-third of its nitrogen issues are caused by air pollution. By proposing these new robust vehicle and fuel quality standards, President Obama and the EPA have made a strong commitment to protecting the public’s health and our environment. Together with our federal partners, we can create a more sustainable future for our children.”

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts

”I applaud President Obama and the EPA for issuing this new rule, which is a significant step forward in reducing air pollution from vehicles.  This rule means cleaner cars and cleaner fuels, which in turn means healthier communities across the country,” said Governor Deval Patrick.  ”This common sense regulation is a victory for a cost-effective and sensible way to clean our air.”

Dannel P. Mallow, Governor of Connecticut

“EPA’s proposed Tier 3 vehicle standards and cleaner gasoline will give our state immediate air quality benefits, which will only grow over time as new cars enter the marketplace.  In Connecticut, we are taking action to show that we can have a strong economy and a healthy environment, and the new standards for motor vehicles and fuels announced today by EPA are consistent with our approach.  I applaud EPA’s help taking on the most significant source of air pollution – cars, trucks and other so-called mobile sources – and look forward to prompt finalization of the rule so we all breathe cleaner air.”

Robert M. Pestronk, MPH, Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials
“On behalf of America’s 2,800 local health departments, NACCHO applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards for cleaner gasoline and cars. The updated standards prevent illness, preserve health and help reduce health care costs. Standards like these help local health departments keep people healthy and safe by improving air quality.”

U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, N.Y.
“The implementation of Tier 3 emission standards is a big step forward for Americans,” said Senator Gillibrand. “More stringent emission standards would significantly decrease air pollution, create new jobs and increase worker’s economic productivity by reducing the number of sick days they take from lung and heart related ailments.  We’ve cleared a crucial step in the process, and I will continue to urge the Administration to move quickly to finalize the rule this year”

Paul Billings, Senior Vice President, American Lung Association
“Pollution from cars, light trucks, and SUVs kills and makes people sick. Stronger standards that lower sulfur levels in gasoline and cut toxic tailpipe pollutants will pave the way to a healthier future.  Using lower sulfur gasoline in cars currently on the road will reduce as much pollution as taking 33 million cars off the road.  Passenger vehicles are major sources of ozone and particle pollution that pose serious threats to public health. This pollution triggers asthma attacks, worsens lung and heart health and can even lead to early death. Children, the elderly and those with chronic lung and heart health problems are most vulnerable to traffic-related pollution.”

Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
“The return on investment of these important standards measured in both health savings and deaths averted is hugely significant and should not be overlooked.  Reducing dangerous tailpipe emissions from cars will deliver between $8 and $23 billion in national health benefits annually by 2030 and prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks, hospitalizations and early deaths. “

Gloria Bergquist, Spokeswoman, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
“This is a big step forward for this country to catch up to the clean fuels available in other industrialized nations. Automakers have already reduced vehicle emissions by 99 percent, and we’re working to go further while also delivering high quality, affordable vehicles to our customers.”

Dan Wyant, Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
“Michigan’s automobile industry continues producing vehicles that are more fuel efficient and better for the state’s air quality. The EPA’s proposed Tier 3 fuel standard will further the goal of cleaner air.”

Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Policy Counsel for Consumers Union
“Vehicles have gotten cleaner over the years, but unfortunately too many Americans still struggle with health issues like asthma and respiratory problems that come from breathing in air heavy with smog and other pollutants.  These standards are expected to be highly cost-effective in cleaning up gasoline and tailpipe emissions. These minimal costs will be largely outweighed by the savings that come from the huge health benefits we get from cleaner air.”

Bill Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
“The new standard could be ‘the most significant air pollution policy President Obama will adopt in his second term. . . . There is not another air pollution control strategy that we know of that will produce as substantial, cost-effective and expeditious emissions reductions.”

Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
“These common-sense standards will save lives, save money and clean up our air – all at a minimal cost.  Big Oil companies want us to believe these benefits aren’t worth it. But that’s because they care about profits above all else.”

Frank O’Donnell, President, Clean Air Watch
“I think this proposal is the single most effective step EPA can take right now to reduce smog.”

Statement from the Emissions Control Technology Association
As the companies who have developed the cutting edge technology to reduce mobile source emissions by more than 90 percent, the Emissions Control Technology Association (ECTA) commends President Obama’s leadership in proposing a Tier 3 regulation that will improve public health and strengthen our domestic manufacturing base. The benefits of Tier 3 will far outweigh the cost.

Michelle Robinson, Director of Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
“The path from a car’s tailpipe to our lungs is surprisingly short, and more than 1 in 3 Americans live in areas where air pollution levels exceed at least one federal limit.  Today’s proposal is a common-sense step that will protect our health while growing our economy.”

Michael Brune, Sierra Club, Executive Director
“With these expected cleaner tailpipe standards, President Obama is taking a strong step to protect our public health and secure his clean energy legacy. We have the technology to clean up our fuels and our cars and it’s critical that we put them to work to ensure Americans have the safe, breathable air they deserve.  Cutting smog and other toxic air pollution will help American children breath cleaner air and will save lives. These new standards will save billions annually in health costs and will free American families from some of the crippling effects of respiratory disease, asthma attacks and other severe health problems.”

Michael Stanton, President and CEO, Global Automakers
“We have been anxiously awaiting this rulemaking because it is good for the environment and will help harmonize the federal and California programs for both vehicles and fuels.  With 15 million new vehicle sales a year, automakers need predictable national fuel quality at the retail pump.  Ultra-low sulfur gasoline is already available in California, Europe, and Japan and will enable automakers to use a broader range of technologies to meet the significant environmental challenges facing the industry.”

Mark MacLeod, Environmental Defense Fund
“The new Tier 3 standards will make our cars cleaner, and that means we’ll have cleaner air to breathe.  Reducing tailpipe pollution will provide healthier, longer lives for millions of Americans for less than a penny per gallon of gas. That’s why updating the standards has such broad support from U.S. auto makers, state health commissioners, and health advocates.”

Michigan UST Inspections and Line Leak Detectors

Michigan UST Inspections and Line Leak Detectors

Brian Harmon, our Regulatory Affairs Manager, confirmed the following Michigan  Regulatory Requirements. Here are some notes regarding Monthly Inspections and Line Leak Detectors. Do you have Underground Storage Tanks in Michigan? TAIT is a licensed Michigan UST Class B Operator that conducts monthly inspections, testing, repairs and even tank installations, removals, and remediation. When you have  tank compliance questions or needs, please contact us.

Monthly Inspections

The site will have to print out or log the monthly results from the type of release detection they have on site. Examples are:

1)      If the electronic monitoring panel is conducting monthly tank testing the results should be printed out.

2)      If the site is using Interstitial monitoring then a monthly Alarm History Report should be printed out.

3)      If the site is conducting Vapor Monitoring, Groundwater Monitoring or Visual  Monitoring then the inspection logs should be filled out monthly.

 

The location should have a log to identify any repairs conducted on the UST system and/or the Release Detection equipment.

All of these results and/or logs have to be on site when the Class B Operator conducts his inspection so he can verify the information or identify any issues.

Site personnel can print out the monthly electronic results or conduct any monthly inspections when properly trained. The state requires that a Class B Operator conduct an inspection at least every quarter. The inspection frequency can be shorter if desired.

Line Leak Detectors for pressurized lines

Pressurized lines have to have an LLD (mechanical or electronic).

They have to conduct an Annual Product Line test OR have sensors that trigger an alarm in every sump OR  have an electronic line monitor that can conduct a 0.08GPH test at normal operating pressure.

Also FYI, if a pressurized system has Secondary containment, has sensors installed in all sumps and UDCs AND  the sensors will shut off product flow when the detect any liquid (Fuel or water) then an LLD is not required to be installed.

To read all of the details, view the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation Division Underground Storage Tank Regulations. If you have any questions on these Michigan UST Regulations and requirements, or other compliance questions in Michigan or other states, please contact:

Brian Harmon
Compliance Manager
Tait Environmental Services, Inc.
2131 South Dupont Drive
Anaheim, CA 92806
dir: 714-567-6413
fax: 714-978-2615
bharmon@tait.com
www.tait.com

TAIT’s Alaska A/B UST Operator Training

The State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation required all operators in Alaska receive training and become certified by 12/31/12If operators are not certified by this date, the owner and/or operator may be subject to penalties.  A record of each operator’s certificate must be kept onsite. Additionally, a copy of each Class A and/or B operator’s training certificate, along with a current Class A/B facility operator designation form, must be submitted to department’s UST staff ensure the facility’s records are properly updated. 

Picture from one of TAIT’s projects in Alaska

TAIT has trained over 6,000 A/B UST Operators in the classroom and online. Our online State of Alaska UST operator course also certifies students as Class C operators upon completion of the A/B training course. Our self-paced course allows you to start and pause the training as often as needed, and saves your progress as you work through the videos.  The training course has been approved by the State of Alaska, Department of Environmental Conservation, as a means for gaining Alaska Class A or B Operator Certification.

Our course teaches on these topics and more:

Our training course will educate the prospective Class A or B operator on the State of Alaska Regulations and USEPA Federal Regulations governing the operation of underground storage tanks. The course will prepare students to take the online Alaska Class A or B UST Operator Exam.

The Underground Storage Tank (UST) staff of the Industry Preparedness Program (IPP) provides technical and regulatory assistance on underground tank systems in Alaska. We are pleased to have worked with them to receive approval of our online course. Please contact us if you have any questions. We do offer a Bulk discount when you are purchasing the course for more than one operator. Be sure to ask Melanie about getting the discount!

View from one of TAIT’s projects in Alaska