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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.

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.

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.

Tait Regulatory Affairs Manager Plays Critical Role in new UST Reference Manual

Brian Harmon, Tait Regulatory Affairs Manager, played a key role in authoring the newly published PEI Recommended Practice 1200.  For the past two years, Brian collaborated with a team of Underground Storage Tank experts to develop this new resource for the UST owners and operators throughout the nation.  The content of this manual is especially significant due to proposed EPA regulatory changes.  According to PEI, “the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed far-reaching regulatory changes that would require that key UST system components be periodically tested/verified to ensure their integrity and adequate performance. PEI/RP1200 provides a concise summary of general guidelines for the inspection and testing of leak detection, release prevention and overfill prevention equipment at UST facilities to complement those proposed regulatory changes.”  More information can be found at www.PEI.org/RP1200.

Tait Regulatory Affairs Manager plays critical role in new UST Reference Manual

Brian Harmon listed in PEI’s RP 1200

As part of the PEI Overfill, Leak Detection and Release Prevention Equipment Testing Committee Brian was instrumental in creating this new publication entitled Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities. It is available through the Petroleum Equipment Institute at this link.

PEI is a trade association located in Tulsa, Oklahoma with member companies located in all 50 states and more than 80 countries whose members manufacture, distribute and service petroleum marketing and liquid-handling equipment. Here is a link to PEI’s presentation from the Tanks Conferrence. Click on the image below to see the whole slideshow.

PEI - RP1200 Presentation

PEI – New Practices Slideshow

Will you be attending the 2012 PEI Convention? Join us, Tait Environmental Services will be at Booth #4818 October 7th – 10th, 2012. Please contact us so we can coordinate spending some time with you before, during or after the show. We look forward to meeting with you! You can email Brian Harmon directly in advance of the show with any questions you have.

Arizona A/B UST Operator Training Course Online

Tait offers Online Training to become an Arizona A/B UST Operator

Register Now for A/B UST Operator Certification in Arizona. The deadline was August 9, 2012!

Arizona’s Waste Programs Division protects public health and the environment through oversight, investigation and cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination caused by releases from USTs. Arizona’s State Legislature Title 49 – The Environment, Chapter 6 – Underground Storage Tank Regulation, was updated based on the EPA’s Operator Training Requirements.

The Online Arizona Class A/B UST Operator Training Course is designed to train and certify Arizona Class A and B Underground Storage Tank Operators. This self-paced course allows the student to start and pause the training during its delivery. The course must be completed within 6 months of its start. The course utilizes visual aids and audio commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet Arizona’s state regulations ARS § 49-1083 for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training course has been designed according to the Training Guidance for Operators of USTs by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), as a means for gaining Arizona Class A or B Operator Certification. Click Here to Register for Online Training. Select Arizona from the drop down menu.

Arizona’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program,  established in 1986 and administered by the Arizona department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), is designed to prevent, detect and clean up releases of petroleum and other hazardous substances from USTs into the groundwater, surface soils and subsurface soils.

Arizona State Legislature Chapter 6 Articles 5 institutes an operator training component of UST regulations, designed to ensure that operators have the appropriate knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of UST systems. Arizona’s H.B. 2425 also created UST operation certification designations that take effect August 9, 2012.

The AZDEQ defines Class A, Class B and Class C Operators as:

  • Class A operators – individuals have primary management responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping of the facility.
  • Class B operators – individuals have a daily responsibility for the operation, maintenance, and record keeping of the facility.
  • Class C operators – individuals have daily responsibility for the initial response to an alarm or other indication of an emergency caused by a release or suspected release.

You can read more about the definitions in the Arizona State Legislature 49-1081. Arizona A/B UST Operator training is valid for up to three years unless retraining is required by ADEQ in response to non-compliance and in accordance with ARS § 49-1083(D).

We do also offer Class C Operator Training in Arizona. Click Here to Register for the Class C UST Operator Training course. Class C courses are discounted when purchased in bulk. Please contact Melanie Nelson for details.

We are not just a training company, but a full-service petroleum storage tank services company with over 46 years of history.  Our firm is able to conduct inspections, test, repair, design, install, or remove systems, in addition to serving as UST operators where the need arises. TAIT began as a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm in 1964, offering a variety of development services with a strong dedication to quality.  Today, our family-owned, multi-disciplined firm offers a complete array of services to public and private clients.  More specifically, we offer environmental investigation and remediation, fuel system design, compliance management, construction administration, civil engineering, surveying, architecture, planning, and entitlement services to our diverse client base.

TAIT has been training UST operators ever since the requirements were developed in California. To date, we’ve trained thousands of UST operators.  And we bring our vast knowledge of regulations in California, the nation’s toughest regulatory environment, to our library of training programs.  TAIT has trained thousands of UST operators in several states and we are adding more all the time.

NACS Show 2012

NACS Show 2012 in Las Vegas

Are you going to the NACS Show? The Petroleum Equipment Institute hosts the nation’s largest equipment and convenience store trade show in Las Vegas October 8th – 10th. Save the date and come see us at the show! We will be in Booth #4818.

Announcing Nevada A/B UST Operator Training

Tait offers both Classroom Training and Online Training for to become Nevada A/B UST Operators

Register Now for A/B UST Operator Certification in Nevada. The deadline was August 8, 2012!

The Online Nevada Class A/B UST Operator Training Course is designed to train and certify Nevada Class A and B Underground Storage Tank Operators. This self-paced course allows the student to start and pause the training during its delivery. The course must be completed within 6 months of its start. The course utilizes visual aids and audio commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet Nevada’s state regulations for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training course has been approved by the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), Bureau of Corrective Actions, as a means for gaining Nevada Class A or B Operator Certification. Click Here to Register for Online Training.

The Classroom Nevada Class A/B UST Operator Training Course course utilizes visual aids and instructor led commentary to facilitate the efficient and comprehensive learning of the subject matter required to meet the regulations for an UST Class A or B Operator. The training and certification course has been approved for becoming certified as a Class A and Class B UST Operator in Nevada. Click Here to Register for Classroom Training. Classes will be created and scheduled for interested parties with 20 or more attendees.

Nevada Administrative Code 459.9921 to 459.999 institutes an operator training component of UST regulations, designed to ensure that operators have the appropriate knowledge regarding the operation and maintenance of UST systems.  The NDEP defines Class A, Class B and Class C Operators as:

  • Class A operators have primary responsibility to operate and maintain the underground storage tank system including managing resources and personnel, such as establishing work assignments, to achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Class B operators implement applicable underground storage tank regulatory requirements and standards in the field including day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and recordkeeping.
  • Class C operators are employees responsible for the initial response to alarms or other indications of emergencies caused by spills or releases from an underground storage tank

We do also offer Class C Operator Training in Nevada. Click Here to Register for the Class C UST Operator Training course. Class C courses are discounted when purchased in bulk. Please contact Melanie Nelson for details.

We are not just a training company, but a full-service petroleum storage tank services company with over 46 years of history.  Our firm is able to conduct inspections, test, repair, design, install, or remove systems, in addition to serving as UST operators where the need arises. TAIT began as a civil engineering and environmental consulting firm in 1964, offering a variety of development services with a strong dedication to quality.  Today, our family-owned, multi-disciplined firm offers a complete array of services to public and private clients.  More specifically, we offer environmental investigation and remediation, fuel system design, compliance management, construction administration, civil engineering, surveying, architecture, planning, and entitlement services to our diverse client base.

TAIT has been training UST operators ever since the requirements were developed in California. To date, we’ve trained thousands of UST operators.  And we bring our vast knowledge of regulations in California, the nation’s toughest regulatory environment, to our library of training programs.  TAIT has trained thousands of UST operators in several states and we are adding more all the time.

NACS Show 2012
NACS Show 2012 in Las Vegas

Are you going to the NACS Show? The Petroleum Equipment Institute hosts the nation’s largest equipment and convenience store trade show in Las Vegas October 8th – 10th. Save the date and come see us at the show! We will be in Booth #4818.

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.

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.