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2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

We’ve been waiting for years for the update to finally be announced, and here it is: The requirements implemented on the effective date of the final UST regulation are those that either do not require significant education and outreach or apply to new installations, repairs, or releases. EPA is allowing up to three years for owners and operators to implement the requirements that require significant outreach, equipment to be upgraded or installed (such as for previously deferred UST systems), or scheduling and testing. During those three years, the regulatory/implementing agencies shall educate owners and operators about today’s new requirements and allow owners and operators to schedule testing. The exception to implementing the requirements immediately or in three years is that EPA is implementing the secondary containment requirement 180 days after the effective date of the UST regulation.

Keep in mind, we do not have the effective date, yet. We do know it will be soon, maybe tomorrow!

Here are the Implementation Time Frames for the New Requirements in an easy to read chart – Immediately, 180 days or Three Years

Chart of Implementation Time Frames for New Requirements

9 Note that EPA is requiring owners and operators to also submit a one-time notification of existence for these UST systems within 3 years of the effective date of today’s final UST regulation.

States with Approved UST Programs are going to have to incorporate the changes to the UST technical regulations.  They will have three years to reapply in order to retain their SPA status. Owners and operators in these states must continue to follow their state requirements until the state changes its requirements or until the state’s SPA status changes.
Map showing states with EPA State Program Approval

That means there will be three years grace period before we start seeing enforcement/NOVs for some of the required changes.

The owners and operators in 16 non-SPA states and territories must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation. In addition, owners and operators will need to follow their state requirements. Indian country UST owners and operators must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation.

Here is a Comparison that shows the 2015 Revised UST Regulations versus the 1988 UST Regulations. It’s a 10 page PDF Spreadsheet showing the highlights of the full 468 page document, called the Prepublication version of the final UST regulations. Some forms you may want to review are the New Ownership Change Notification Form and the Updated Notification Form. TAIT recommends all Owners and Operators download and read the updated MUSTs for USTs which provides a nice straightforward explanation of requirements when owning and working with underground storage tanks.

TAIT is an expert in and has been working with fueling systems and Underground Storage Tanks for over 50 years. Our Regulatory Affairs Manager Brian Harmon focuses on the regulatory environment and upcoming changes and his comments are integral to regulation changes such as this. ASK US your questions. Allow us to bid on your tank projects. Before making any quick decisions, let’s discuss your situation and your tanks and we can provide guidance on the most cost effective way to move forward to get you in compliance with the current and new regulations.

Visit the EPA’s Underground Storage Tanks 2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations page for all the details

In June 2015, EPA issued the 2015 underground storage tank regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. The revisions will help prevent and detect UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.

Operator Training TX Classroom Courses 2015

2015 Texas A/B UST Operator Training

Register Now for your Refresher TX AB UST Operator Training Course

Next Upcoming Class: Abilene on June 16th Register Online or call 972-680-5120

Here is the current schedule of the date/s that are available for Texas AB Operator Classroom Training Sessions.

This Calendar was updated 6/24/2015, and lists the Dates and Locations of our planned UST Operator Training courses* – and shows Availability 

* If a class has been scheduled, but less than 10 attendees have registered within 72 hours of the class date, that class will be cancelled, and registrants will be moved to the next available date for UST Operator Training in their area.

Don’t see your city on the schedule? It probably will be or is a private class. Austin? Houston? Crockett? Others?

We also provide private classes and will come to your location for groups of 20 or more, or possibly with a minimum of 15 students if you are providing the location/facility and drinks/snacks/lunch for the class. Please call me to reserve a date or if you have any questions about the Texas A/B UST Operator Training: Melanie Nelson 214-531-9377 or you can email me at mnelson@tait.com.

The Deadline is Approaching

Most UST Operators were trained by the Wednesday, August 8, 2012 – DEADLINE. The course must be re-taken every three years. To secure their re-training session, many companies are beginning to schedule their Classroom Training dates even though they have months left before their deadline. We are happy to add additional classes, and are currently collecting contact information from individuals so that when we have enough for a class, we will schedule one. Please email mnelson@tait.com with your Name, Email Address, and Phone Number, along with the number of people that will be attending with you (and their contact info if you have it).  Contact us for details and to schedule a Texas A/B UST Operator classroom training session. Don’t wait for your UST Operator Training Certificate to Expire, REGISTER NOW
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Do you have Emergency Generators in Texas?

Do you have Emergency Generators in Texas?

In Texas, B UST Operators can either be in-house employees, or subcontracted to a third party like TAIT. If you have questions about your system and the compliance responsibilities associated with it, that’s what we do! Contact me today and let’s see how we can help.

TFFA & TAIT at the booth

Training Director Andy Tait and TFFA’s Scott Fisher were instrumental in creating the A/B UST operator training course in Texas. Also pictured are Melanie Nelson who teaches the classroom training courses & Brian Liquin from TAIT’s Boise office, specializing in Architecture Engineering.

Many emergency generators have an underground or aboveground storage tank associated with them. TAIT is intimately familiar with these fueling systems and has designed, installed, removed, repaired, upgraded, maintained, tested and inspected these systems for generations. We are a third-party operator for many clients and are happy to consult with you about your current or planned systems.

Do you or your employees currently perform the inspections and maintenance on your systems?  If you an underground storage tank operator in Texas, you need to be certified. If you were certified by the deadline three years ago, it’s time for a refresher! TAIT is holding classes locally at our Dallas office, and around the state so reach out and find out when the next class is that is most convenient for you.

Classes are currently being scheduled and filled here. Call Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377 to schedule a private classroom training session in Texas or find out when the next one is in your area. Click here to register for an existing course.

Texas Classroom Courses for the A/B UST Operator Certification

Are you an underground storage tank operator in Texas? If so, you need to be certified. If you were certified by the deadline three years ago, it’s time for a refresher! TAIT is holding classes locally at our Dallas office, and around the state so reach out and find out when the next class is that is most convenient for you.

Classes are currently being scheduled and filled here. Call Melanie Nelson at 214-531-9377 to schedule a private classroom training session in Texas or find out when the next one is in your area. Click here to register for an existing course.

Quick View of classes ( Click here to register and see most updated list)

  • June 17, 2015 – Abilene – Full – completed
  • June 24th – Dallas – completed
  • July 8th – San Antonio – seats available
  • July 9th – San Antonio – seats available
  • July 21st – San Antonio – seats available

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