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Michigan UST Operator Online ICC Preparation Course Available Now

Tait’s Michigan UST Operator ICC Preparatory Course is now available online.

Michigan’s ICC Exam is available to be taken now, and does not require a preparatory course. ICC exams can be difficult however, and Tait has developed this course to prepare you for the Michigan UST Operator Exam. Students can enroll in the course by going to www.PSTinstruction.com or by calling Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377.

What Class of Operator are you? Review Michigan’s definitions below, or read them in their official  notice:

Class A: This is the person who has primary responsibility to operate and maintain the underground storage tank system. For a typical gas station, it is the owner of the station or his designee. For large corporations, this is the manager or designee responsible for tank operations. The class A operator can also be designated as a Class B operator as long as he/she has passed the Class B operator exam.

Class B: This designation is for the individual or individuals who implement day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and record keeping for underground storage tank systems at one or more facilities. For a typical gas station, it is the owner or the person/company contracted by the owner to maintain the tanks. For large corporations, it is the employee, or person/company contracted by the corporation to maintain the tanks. A broad knowledge base is required for a Class A operator, but the Class B operator must have in-depth knowledge of tank system operation and maintenance.

Class C: This is an individual who is responsible for responding to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills, releases, or overfills associated with an underground storage tank system. For a typical gas station, this is the cashier. Though a test is not required, this person must be trained in responding to releases, alarms, and emergency conditions. Training can be performed by the Class A operators, Class B operators, or third-party vendors. Class C operator training is required to be documented.

The following topics are covered in Tait’s Online Michigan UST Operator ICC Exam Preparatory course:

  • Class A, B and C Operator roles and responsibilities
  • Overview of UST systems
  • UST operator requirements, Michigan Underground Storage Tank Rules [MUSTR]
  • Release detection
  • Record keeping, financial responsibility
  • Release reporting, confirmation, and corrective action

There is a 60-question preparatory exam at the end of the course to prepare students for the Michigan A and B UST Operator ICC Exam. Students are required to pass the  evaluation in order to receive their certificate of completion of the course.

Bulk Discounts are available when enrolling multiple students for the course. Contact Melanie Nelson for discount codes, and use this Bulk Discount link for purchases.

See our earlier blog post regarding Michigan finalizing their UST Operator rules.

$741,000 Clean Water Act Penalty

The EPA just Released: Homebuilder to Pay $741,000 Clean Water Act Penalty and Implement Company-Wide Stormwater Controls

This Settlement was enacted to prevent millions of pounds of sediment and polluted stormwater runoff from entering U.S. waterways each year.

Highlights from the above linked article: “[The affected company] will also invest in a company-wide stormwater compliance program to improve employee training and increase management oversight at all current and future residential construction sites across the nation. The company is required to inspect its current and future construction sites routinely to minimize stormwater runoff from sites. Polluted stormwater runoff and sediment from construction sites can flow directly into the nearest waterway, affecting drinking water quality and damaging valuable aquatic habitats.

Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance and Assurance stated, “Today’s settlement will improve oversight of stormwater runoff at construction sites across the country and protect America’s waters.”

Ignacia S. Moreno, assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice said, “The settlement requires [them] to implement system-wide management controls and training that will help prevent polluted stormwater runoff from contaminating rivers, lakes and sources of drinking water.”

EPA estimates the settlement will prevent millions of pounds of sediment from entering U.S. waterways every year, including sediment that would otherwise enter the Chesapeake Bay, North America’s largest and most biologically diverse estuary. The bay and its tidal tributaries are threatened by pollution from a variety of sources and are overburdened with nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment that can be carried by stormwater.

The Clean Water Act requires permits for the discharge of stormwater runoff.

This settlement is the latest in a series of enforcement actions to address stormwater violations from residential construction sites around the country. More information about EPA’s stormwater enforcement can be found here.”

How will this settlement affect the industry? How may it affect your company? Often, a large settlement like this paid by one company will cause a ripple affect among other companies. Other manufacturing plants or construction companies may now be reconsidering their stormwater compliance programs. Do you know what your company’s training and inspection plan is?

Tait has certified stormwater practitioners and we can assist you with your stormwater needs. Contact us today!

 

Proposed Amendments to Kentucky UST Rules

The Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Division of Waste Management has filed 22 proposed amendments to their UST regulations, 401 KAR Chapter 42, with the Legislative Research Commission.  The amendments affect all aspects of UST design, installation, operation, testing, financial assurance, investigation and corrective action related to underground storage tanks.  Additionally, new forms can are proposed at the website.  Public comments are still being accepted through May 31, 2011.  Written comments should be submitted to:

Cassandra Jobe
Division of Waste Management
Program Planning and Administration Branch
200 Fair Oaks Lane, Second Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Cassandra.Jobe@ky.gov