Tait & Associates and Tait Environmental Services (collectively TAIT) both worked on the Standard Pacific Greenwood at Tustin Legacy project. The environmental work that we did prior to the new and vibrant community that is being developed in Orange County included the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, as well as environmental soil sampling to screen areas of the former military base that had been used for agriculture, military uses, and previously contained underground storage tanks to confirm that the soil met residential environmental standards. TAIT also closed an abandoned well that was discovered during construction, and evaluated the environmental conditions of soil to be imported during grading to ensure that it met residential environmental standards. Drive by and take a look at the new models that are now open! Here is a copy of the Grand Opening Announcement.
Tait & Associates and Tait Environmental Services continue to expand our geographic reach and presence. 2014 is off to a quick start!
Bryan Long is starting with Tait Environmental Services today, and will be working in the Houston, TX area. 1/06/2014
Contact us to learn more about Careers at TAIT. We look forward to growing with you.
2013 PEI/NACS show
Dennis Tweedy, Billy Watroba and Melanie Nelson attended the NACS show this year, and were joined by a close subcontractor of ours, Katie Seaborn from American Containment Services, Inc.
The 2013 PEI/NACS show, the biggest exposition of fuel handling equipment in the world, lasted from October 12-15 in Atlanta, Georgia. This was the largest NACS show in their history, with 1,050 companies in a attendance making it the 48th largest trade show this year. Over 20,000 people gathered to view and buy the latest advances not only in the convenience store industry, but also in the petroleum business. Every year PEI members convene to discuss, display, and market innovative technologies and services, keeping the industry on the cutting edge. As a bonus, the connections made throughout the convention help to expand and improve businesses, which leads to a greater, more efficient petroleum industry, and where better to have it than in the middle of the #1 buying show in the country. The educational sessions at the NACS show provided extensive information about the highly competitive and illustrious convenience industry. Topics covered in these sessions included:
- traditional vs. digital marketing
- good financing
- data-driven product positioning
- the impacts of health care reform
- customer engagement
- social media, and much more!
To read more about the topics covered in these sessions visit NACS Educational Sessions, and to learn more about the PEI/NACS Show visit their website. Click here to learn more about the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI). For those who are interested, the following is a video preview of what the PEI/NACS show is all about:
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 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
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.
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. Here are images from the article:
Newspaper Cover Image
54th Annual Pacific Oil Conference Heading for L.A. Live
Tim featured in the article
Tim’s Title Slide
Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program
Example Slide from the Presentation
Common Errors and Omissions
To request this presentation at your event, contact Tim Ericsen. For any questions about our DUSTO program and the similar Operator Inspections TAIT performs throughout the US, contact us today! TAIT is pleased to serve you in either capacity, and we do much more.
TAIT is in the News, again! Here are some pictures and articles where TAIT projects and associates are being featured.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Educational topics covered legal issues, environmental compliance, marketing, regulations and best practices for
- Retail, and
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.
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
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.
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.