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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.

24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

24th National Tanks Conference & Expo

Come see TAIT in booth #102! We will be next to our training partner UST Training and are happy to discuss training and our many programmatic tank services such as testing and inspections, as well as the full gamete from design and installation, repairs and upgrades through removals and remediation.

The Annual National Tanks Conference and Exposition is produced by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks, the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials, and the host state, this year it’s Colorado.

The purpose of this event is to provide learning and networking opportunities for federal, state, and tribal colleagues in the underground storage community. The focus is on progress, priorities, and plans for the pursuit of a common goal–to find new and better ways to work together to protect human health and the environment from tank releases.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and look forward to them each year. We are giving out an Apple prize again this year. See last year’s winner below.  Come visit us in Booth #102! If you’d like to schedule a time to meet, contact Melanie Nelson.

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

iPod Winner Chris Plassmeyer

See TAIT at PEI / NACS – Atlanta, Oct 12-15

Come see TAIT  in booth #4552 at the PEI 2014 CONVENTION 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.

TAIT enjoys participating in the shows and looks forward to them each year. One funny thing from last year was that my suit matched the carpet. No, really. I’ll add the picture below. Come visit us in Booth #4552!

Melanie matched the Carpet

Usually Melanie stands out in her Bright Red suit…

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 News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

EPA News Release on Lead Based Paint Reminds us of the Dangers and Enforcement

Is your company involved in painting or re-painting? One task we perform for our clients is to repaint aboveground petroleum storage tanks, ASTs. Here is a news release from the EPA regarding lead based paint, the dangers and consequences of not being certified. If you are interested in resurfacing some of your petroleum storage tanks, PSTs or piping, or if you have any questions about TAIT’s certifications, contact our Safety Manager Tim Kostel.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 2, 2013

EPA Takes Action Against Violators of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule

WASHINGTON – Today, EPA announced 17 enforcement actions for violations of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule (RRP).

The RRP rule protects homeowners and tenants from dangerous lead dust that can be left behind after common renovation, repair, and painting work. It requires that contractors and subcontractors be properly trained and certified, and use lead-safe work practices to ensure that lead dust is minimized. Lead exposure can cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to seizures and death, putting young children at the greatest risk because their nervous systems are still developing.

“Using lead-safe work practices is good business and it’s the law,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “EPA is taking action to enforce lead rules to protect people from exposure to lead and to ensure a level playing field for contractors that follow the rules.”

The enforcement actions address serious violations of the RRP rule, including fourteen actions where the contractor failed to obtain certification prior to performing or offering to perform renovation activities on pre-1978 homes, where lead is more likely to be present. Other alleged violations included failure to follow the lead-safe work practices, which are critical to reducing exposure to lead-based paint hazards.

The 17 enforcement actions listed below include 14 administrative settlements assessing civil penalties of up to $23,000. These settlements also required the contractors to certify that they had come into compliance with the requirements of the RRP rule. Additionally, EPA filed three administrative complaints seeking civil penalties of up to the statutory maximum of $37,500 per violation. As required by the Toxic Substances Control Act, a company or individual’s ability to pay a penalty is evaluated and penalties are adjusted accordingly.

Enforcement actions:

•    Groeller Painting, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri.
•    Albracht Permasiding and Window, Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
•    Midwest College Painters, LLC of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
•    ARK Property Investments, LLC of Richmond, Indiana.
•    Henderson & Associates Services of Largo, Florida.
•    Home Resources Management, LLC of Columbia, Tennessee.
•    Camaj Interiors & Exteriors of Jacksonville, Florida.
•    Cherokee Home Improvements, LLC of Church Creek, Maryland.
•    Window World of Harford located in Belair, Maryland.
•    EA Construction and General Contracting of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
•    Roman Builders of Morton, Pennsylvania.
•    Accolade Construction Group, Inc. of New York, New York.
•    PZ Painting of Springfield, New Jersey.
•    Creative Renovations of Brooklyn, New York.
•    Reeson Construction of Webster, New Hampshire.
•    New Hampshire Plate Glass Corporation of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
•    CM Rogers Handyman of Manchester, New Hampshire.

More information about the settlements: www.epa.gov/enforcement/waste/cases/lrrp050213.html

More about lead and instructions on getting certified: www.epa.gov/lead

TAIT UST Inspections and Testing Across the US

Inspection Locations Across the Southern United States

Inspection Locations Across the Southern United States

TAIT Environmental Services is expanding throughout the United States in an effort to help clients address the new Class A/B UST operator training and inspection regulations promulgated by the 2005 Energy Policy Act.  To address the Energy Policy Act, each state has developed their own regulations for UST operator training and in some cases, inspections.  TAIT understands the regulations in each state and is acutely aware of their impact on UST owners.

For many clients, TAIT has assumed the role of the “Class B UST Operator” and is performing routine inspections and “Class C Operator” training at UST sites throughout the United States.  TAIT has performed more than 40,000 UST operator inspections in the past 6 years on behalf of our clients.

TAIT has developed a web-based system for performing inspections on a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 platform called TAIT Environmental Compliance System (TECS) Online.  TECS allows for complete web-based management of inspections,  forms, documents, and records.

Contact Scott Brehmer for more information about our inspection services and TECS Online.

Announcing Redesigned Training Website

Have you been to the new, Totally redesigned www.PSTinstruction.com? Take a moment today to check it out, and please provide us feedback. We are constantly making changes to make the site more easily navigable and user-friendly.

We consolidated our previous websites www.PSTinstruction.com and www.USTinstruction.com into one cohesive website. Our site allows for purchases by Credit Card for our Online and Classroom Courses. Fast and easy, it is now even more convenient to register for AB UST Operator Training online.

Tait offers other training courses, too! You can find Construction Safety Training, OSHA Hazwoper, Spill Prevention & Reporting, UST Installers & Technicians training, and more! If you are looking for any type of training, contact us and we can either assist you with courses that we do not list individually on our site, or point you in the right direction to get that training. We are always happy to help.

We do still work with Purchase Orders and manually process checks. Contact us directly to make purchases in those manners.

The new www.PSTinstruction.com is instantly updated and is more easily viewable on ios devices like your iPhone or iPad.

 

From PSTinstruction.com

EPA’s Proposed Revisions to the Federal Underground Storage Tank Regulations

EPA has proposed revisions to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations.  The changes include key provisions of the 2005 Energy Policy Act including UST Operator Training and Secondary Containment.  Additional requirements for periodic operation and maintenance include walkthrough inspections and required testing for spill and overfill prevention, secondary containment, and release detection equipment.  The revisions also address previous deferrals for emergency generators and other special-use USTs.  These revisions will affect all UST stakeholders. 

The proposed revisions are open for public comment until February 16, 2012.  You can submit your comments via email, mail, hand-delivery or you can make comments using the internet.  If you want to discuss the impacts on your UST facilities, contact Brian Harmon (BHarmon@TAIT.com) or Andy Tait (ATait@TAIT.com).

New Mexico Public Hearing on Proposed PST Regulations

As discussed in an earlier post, New Mexico PST regulations are being revised.  The New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board is holding a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to the Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations including:

  • General Provisions
  • Registration of Tanks
  • New and Upgraded Storage Tank Systems
  • General Operating Requirements
  • Release Detection
  • Reporting and Investigation of Releases
  • Administrative Review
  • Corrective Action
  • Certification of Tank Installers
  • Operator Training
  • Delivery Prohibition

 Here are the details of the public hearing:

9 a.m., October 3, 2011

State Capitol, Room 317

490 Old Santa Fe Trail

Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Contact Andy Tait at TAIT if you have any questions or comments at ATait@TAIT.com.