Live Custom Class A/B UST Operator Training Available

August 20th, 2014

IMG_6402Interested in Class A/B UST training but want something a bit more company-specific? Ben Thomas of UST Training can provide customized training at your company’s office or, even better, out at your UST site. Ben can help you integrate generic Class A/B operator training content with company equipment and standards to create a hands on learning environment that is interactive, relevant and memorable.

Classes can include:

  • Class A/B UST operator (certain states)
  • Custom Class C emergency response training
  • Advanced UST operator training (components, record keeping, alarm response)
  • Understanding automatic tank gauges
  • Daily, monthly and annual inspections

Want to learn more? Contact Ben at 866-301-8265 or email at


UST Training Can Be Fun, Honest!

August 20th, 2014

(Republished from Coggno on July 11, 2014)


This week we’ve unleashed our Q&A on Ben Thomas, a man with over 25 years of experience in the underground storage tank industry. Ben got his start after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989, working as an intern when the industry was in its infancy. In the years since, Ben became one of the “founding fathers” of modern UST training, making great strides in helping new employees learn the ropes through in-person and online training. Ben was kind enough to answer a few questions about his UST online training courses. Take it away, Ben…

1. Tell us a little about your UST background.

In 1986 I got a job inspecting tank removals in Vermont. Federal tank regulations were still a few years away so it was a very frontier-style of environmental protection. But I got some great field experience before I moved to Alaska to complete my college degree. Weirdly, it was the Exxon Valdez in 1989 that got me into a permanent tanks job; everyone in the Fairbanks office responded to the big spill and I stayed behind. As a college intern, I started working the fledgling UST program. I helped guide Alaska through the big 1998 upgrade deadline and decided to start my own business in Washington state in 2002.

2. When did you begin teaching / creating UST courses?


The next big concern with today’s UST systems: ethanol

August 8th, 2014

Based on some reports as well as personal eye witness accounts. we’ve seen an increase of corrosion being caused by the introduction of ethanol into the nation’s gasoline and stored in underground storage tanks. The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently published this article highlighting the problem.

NIST Corrosion Lab Tests Suggest Need for Underground Gas Tank Retrofits (more…)

Reflections from EPA’s UST Director on the 2005 Energy Policy Act

August 8th, 2014

Here’s an email we just received from the nation’s top UST regulator on the 9 year anniversary of the Energy Policy Act. Kudos for all the cooperation between inspectors and operators over the years!


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Dearest UST colleagues -

Four Score and 7 years ago…. Oh, actually I mean 9 years ago today President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 giving new authorities and new mandates to the Underground Storage Tanks program.  What a rollercoaster ride the past 9 years have been! (more…)

Hurricanes and UST System Safety

August 6th, 2014

Hurricane JulioAloha! UST operators in Hawai’i are bracing for some serious weather as Hurricane Julio bears down on the Islands. Here’s a helpful document to get your UST system ready for a hurricane.  Thanks to EPA for this useful publication, which covers preventing impacts due to buoyancy (tank floating) erosion and scour (backfill being damaged), product displacement (water in, forcing fuel out) and electrical system damage. Be safe out there!

Free UST Resource Now Available

August 6th, 2014

UST-Resources-Bundle-221x300UST Training continues to offer creative ways to help get the right information into the hands of UST operators who want to do the best job possible preventing leaks and spills. Now whether you’re a long time customer, a first-timer, or just visiting our web site, you can download this super helpful bundle of important UST documents. Download today!


Next Oregon Class A/B Class Sept. 16

August 4th, 2014

We still have seats available for the next Oregon Class A/B UST operator training course set for September 16 in Portland. The course is sponsored by the Oregon Fuel Association) formerly Oregon Petroleum Association), whose members get a 20% discount when registering. The course is in Oregon but the training and certification is valid in Washington as well.

Have some new staff? Opened a new UST site? Want a refresher? Register today!

Oregon Class A/B UST Operator Training
George Fox University, 12753 SW 68th Avenue
Portland OR 97223-8305

September 16, 2014, 8 AM – 3 PM
Register now

Any questions just call us at 360-321-4776 or email us today.

Washington State Class A/B Training this summer/fall

August 4th, 2014

IMG_0608UST Training has received interest in doing some live classes in Spokane and Tri Cities. Do you need training in those parts of the state? If so, let us know and if we can get a minimum headcount we can come there, are anywhere in Washington for that matter. We offer training on-site or in the classroom, and can customize the course to suit your UST systems and company policies. Call us at 360-321-4776 or email us today!