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Coming Soon! Online California Designated UST Operator Training Course!

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.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

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.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

CERS – Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

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.

 

COO of Tait Environmental Services, Tim Ericsen, Presented at the Pacific Oil Conference

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, spoke at the Pacific Oil Conference last week in Los Angeles.

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Educational topics covered legal issues, environmental  compliance, marketing, regulations and best practices for

  • Wholesale,
  • Multi-Segment,
  • Retail, and
  • Sales

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.

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

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
Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

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.

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

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…

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

TCEQ & Decommissioning Stage II

The TCEQ has been busy hearing public comments all over the state last week and this week. Did you submit comments?

The only comment I have heard so far from our Regulatory Affairs Manager is

115.241(b)(4) – Add TXP-101 as a test requirement. Some vapor space manifolds may have been achieved through the Vapor Return piping. One of the current proposed requirements is to disconnect the vapor return piping from the UST.

Take a look at the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115, and let us know your thoughts. Keep in mind that they may change after hearing the public comments, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

Resources:

If you have any questions, contact Brian Harmon and get the dialogue going. TAIT has extensive experience in installing and removing VR equipment, as our largest branches are in California and we have the experience of operating under many of the stricter EPA guidelines for years. We look forward to hearing from you!

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.

TCEQ Proposing to Decommision Stage II Vapor Recovery

TCEQ have filed revisions to Chapter 115 with the Chief Clerk that will eliminate stage II Vapor Recovery systems on new UST installations and allow existing locations to remove the Stage II Vapor Recovery systems. These revisions have to be approved by the commission before being submitted to the Texas Register for public comment. Typically they will be adopted by the commission 20 days after they are submitted to the Texas Register.

Texas has also submitted a revised State Implementation Plan with the EPA. Upon EPA Approval and adoption by the commission the revisions will be made to Chapter 115.

To view the current Proposed revisions to Chapter 115 click here. Keep in mind that they may change due to public comment, commission requirements or getting final EPA approval.

UPDATE: The commission will hold public hearings on this proposal at the following locations, all hearings will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 – El Paso, Texas, at the El Paso Public Library, Auditorium, located at 501 N. Oregon;

Thursday, May 30, 2013 – Beaumont, Texas, at the TCEQ Region 10 Office, located at 3870 Eastex Freeway;

Friday, May 31, 2013 – Houston, Texas, at the Houston Galveston Area Council, 2nd Floor Room A, located at 3555 Timmons;

Monday, June 3, 2013 – Arlington, Texas, in the Arlington City Council Chamber, located at 101 W. Abram Street;

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Austin Texas, at the TCEQ Central Office, Building E, Room 201.

Michigan UST Inspections and Line Leak Detectors

Michigan UST Inspections and Line Leak Detectors

Brian Harmon, our Regulatory Affairs Manager, confirmed the following Michigan  Regulatory Requirements. Here are some notes regarding Monthly Inspections and Line Leak Detectors. Do you have Underground Storage Tanks in Michigan? TAIT is a licensed Michigan UST Class B Operator that conducts monthly inspections, testing, repairs and even tank installations, removals, and remediation. When you have  tank compliance questions or needs, please contact us.

Monthly Inspections

The site will have to print out or log the monthly results from the type of release detection they have on site. Examples are:

1)      If the electronic monitoring panel is conducting monthly tank testing the results should be printed out.

2)      If the site is using Interstitial monitoring then a monthly Alarm History Report should be printed out.

3)      If the site is conducting Vapor Monitoring, Groundwater Monitoring or Visual  Monitoring then the inspection logs should be filled out monthly.

 

The location should have a log to identify any repairs conducted on the UST system and/or the Release Detection equipment.

All of these results and/or logs have to be on site when the Class B Operator conducts his inspection so he can verify the information or identify any issues.

Site personnel can print out the monthly electronic results or conduct any monthly inspections when properly trained. The state requires that a Class B Operator conduct an inspection at least every quarter. The inspection frequency can be shorter if desired.

Line Leak Detectors for pressurized lines

Pressurized lines have to have an LLD (mechanical or electronic).

They have to conduct an Annual Product Line test OR have sensors that trigger an alarm in every sump OR  have an electronic line monitor that can conduct a 0.08GPH test at normal operating pressure.

Also FYI, if a pressurized system has Secondary containment, has sensors installed in all sumps and UDCs AND  the sensors will shut off product flow when the detect any liquid (Fuel or water) then an LLD is not required to be installed.

To read all of the details, view the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation Division Underground Storage Tank Regulations. If you have any questions on these Michigan UST Regulations and requirements, or other compliance questions in Michigan or other states, please contact:

Brian Harmon
Compliance Manager
Tait Environmental Services, Inc.
2131 South Dupont Drive
Anaheim, CA 92806
dir: 714-567-6413
fax: 714-978-2615
bharmon@tait.com
www.tait.com