May 12th, 2013
Seattle Times, May 9, 2013: Blaze erupts when car strikes gas pump on Seattle’s First Hill
We’re not sure why there were eight feet of flames but the article implies it was the car and not the dispenser that caught fire so perhaps the shear valve worked properly.
The Class C UST operator quickly hit the emergency shut off switch and put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher before help arrived. Go Class C operator!
May 9th, 2013
For the first time in many years, UST Training is coming to eastern Oregon to offer a live Class A/B UST operator training class on June 13. Certification from this class is valid in both Oregon and Washington.
Exact location to be announced shortly. Help spread the word. It’s not every day we come to the Hermiston-Pendleton area so don’t miss out. Want more information? Call 866-301-8265 or info@USTtraining.com
We also has our regular quarterly class in Portland the day before on June 12. Learn more and register today.
May 8th, 2013
Have a large number of class C UST operators?
Frustrated with high turnover rates?
Have your own in-house company training program?
Did you know we lease our course software? For some UST owners, leasing our Class C UST operator training courseware is a very smart alternative that can save you time, money and effort.
April 30th, 2013
Hey Seattle- and Yakima Area UST Operators. We’re getting some calls requesting that we bring a live class to these areas and we’re happy to do so if we can get enough students to enroll. If you are in these areas and need Class A/B UST operator training, please let us know ASAP and perhaps we can arrange something.
Maybe you never got trained; maybe your trained operator left; maybe you just want a backup. For whatever reason, we’re happy to bring the training to you pending sufficient enrollment. Contact us at 866-301-8265 or email us at info@USTtraining.com to learn more. Also if there are other parts of Washington you need training brought too, let us know as well.
April 26th, 2013
(Courtesy of PMAA)
To make it easier for tank owners to access information on the compatibility of underground storage tank system components with E-15, the EPA has set up a new online resource where equipment manufacturer certifications, UL listings, and other compatibility information are posted and made available for download.
The issue of UST equipment compatibility arose when the EPA first considered the introduction of E-15 blends in 2010. Up until this time, marketers didn’t worry about demonstrating equipment compatibility because all existing UST system components were approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for a maximum E-10 blend – the highest ethanol blend then allowed for conventional vehicles under federal law. Now that gasoline blends up to 15 percent ethanol are permitted, tank owners must affirmatively demonstrate that their UST system equipment is compatible with E-15 blends before offering it for sale.
April 26th, 2013
With May upon us, I’ve been thinking back to May of 1986 when I was hired as a young and naive UST inspector for the state of Vermont. The Green Mountain State had just adopted prototype tank rules a few years before the Federal rules would go into effect. My job was to watch all the old rusty tanks come out of the ground from operators who were trying to beat the pending deadline –mandatory double walled tanks– by removing old single wall tanks and installing new single walled tanks.
My job, after getting properly trained of course, was to climb into tank pits with a PID meter, hard hat and a Buck knife and dig for potential fugitive vaporous soil that the excavator might have missed. I recall the LEL meter only going off once at 10% of the lower explosive limit; those were definitely the Wild West days of UST management.
I recently tried to find my old copy of the Vermont cleanup standards that declared in written policy a high priority leaking UST site was one that you could squeeze a gloved handful of soil and gasoline would ooze out. Hard to believe based on where we are today.
April 22nd, 2013
Many small UST companies like independent convenience stores have a handful of Class C operators and the path to train them is simple enough. As you know by now, most states (West Virginia being the one exception we’re aware of) allow a trained, certified Class A/B operator to train your Class C employees. Otherwise you go to your favorite, approved, online Class C training vendor, setup a user account, swipe your credit card, start the training and print the certificate (assuming a passing score of course). We see a fair amount of web traffic across the US that indicates a number of small UST companies do in fact use online training.
Live, on-site training has many advantages including developing creative content, being able to look the person in the eye, and explaining and any extra company policies while you train. And maybe someone in your organization kinda/sorta does this type of training anyways. Remember: Class C operators need to be trained BEFORE they start their duties, so any UST owner worth their salt should already have folded the Class C material into the company orientation for new employees. (more…)
April 22nd, 2013
Happy Earth Day 2013.
At UST Training, we like to think every day is Earth Day because of our commitment to clean drinking water. Every day we strive to prevent future leaks and spills from UST systems through helping create a better trained population of Class A, B and C UST operators. It’s our way of trying the make the world a good place to live in. Safer, smarter, better.
Some UST owners go a step future and take measures to reduce pollution impacts in other ways. One of our favorite customers is Sequential Fuels in Oregon, whose convenience stores boast things like solar-powered canopies, “living roofs”, and local, organic snacks. Check them out!
One big way we want to celebrate Earth Day this year is to extend a 50% savings for all Class C courses your purchase from us from now midnight on Friday, April 26, 2013. It’s our way of saying thanks for your commitment as a customer and a concerned UST operator.
So go get trained and celebrate Earth Day all week. When you checkout use the coupon code EARTHDAY
Thanks and Happy Earth Day from all of us at UST Training.