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August 31, 2018

Oregon Class A/B Training Now Available Online

UST Training’s online Oregon Class A/B UST Operator Training course has been approved by the Oregon DEQ and is now available. Check it out!

For a limited time only: use this coupon code ILOVEOR and get a 15% discount off all purchases through September 30.

First in the Nation, Now first in Oregon. Ben Thomas of UST Training did the nation’s first Class A/B live class in Portland in 2003 and he’s been training there non-stop since then. Now you can enjoy the same great training content but at the convenience of your work or home computer.

Why Online?

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August 31, 2018

Tribal UST Field Trip Exercise a Big Hit

Ben Thomas of UST Training recently spoke at the 8th annual Tribal Lands and Environment Forum in Spokane, Washington, which was attended by over 500 people, representing over 160 tribes. The four day conference had a number of breakout sessions in a variety of environmental topics (USTs being one), an exhibit hall, and excellent opening and closing ceremonies. Ben spoke alongside EPA officials about ideas to help the tribes get ready for the October 13, 2018 deadline. UST systems on Indian Country are subject to Federal EPA and not state UST laws, so the October 13, 2018 deadline dominated much of the conversion during the conference. Remote and rural locations of many tribal UST sites make it difficult to service and test tank systems without additional costs.

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August 10, 2018

National EPA 2018 Deadline Stands

PEI LINKS UST OWNERS TO TESTING PROCEDURES, CONTRACTORS AS EPA NIXES COMPLIANCE DEADLINE EXTENSION REQUEST

TULSA, Oklahoma, Aug. 8, 2018/Petroleum Equipment Institute/ — U.S. owners of underground storage tanks (USTs) need not fear a contractor shortage after the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) July 24 denial to extend by six years its Oct. 13 compliance deadline for portions of the 2015 federal UST regulations.

Several trade associations, 25 U.S. senators and 20 U.S. representatives requested the extension. The parties questioned the feasibility of testing and inspection requirements in the 2015 EPA regulations and the availability of qualified contractors.

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July 26, 2018

An Important Message from EPA’s UST Director Carolyn Hoskinson

Dear UST Community:

Are you ready!?  October 13, 2018, which is only 11 weeks away, is the deadline for meeting the remaining underground storage tank (UST) requirements in the 2015 revised UST regulation.  Key takeaways about the compliance deadline are: 

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July 20, 2018

Washington State UST Rules Update

On July 18, 2018, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) repealed existing Chapter 173-360 WAC and adopted new Chapter 173-360A WAC, Underground Storage Tank (UST) Regulations.  The new chapter modifies and replaces the repealed chapter.  The new chapter will be published in the Washington State Register on August 1, 2018, and become effective on October 1, 2018.  Ecology will hold three trainings on the changes to the regulations on August 7-9, 2018.  For more information, read on.

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July 17, 2018

Hawaii UST Regulations are Effective

Please be advised that Hawaii’s updated Hawaii Administrative Rules Chapter 11-280.1 entitled Underground Storage Tanks are now effective. The official effective date is July 15, 2018.

You can view them now on our website through this link  http://health.hawaii.gov/shwb/underground-storage-tanks/.

Any questions please contact:

Thu Perry
Public Participation Coordinator
State of Hawaii
Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch
2827 Waimano Home Road #100
Pearl City, HI  96782
808.586.4226

Two Overfill Videos: What Happened?

July 17, 2018

Calling all Class A/B UST Operators who like a good mystery:

We’ve added a few extended versions of UST overfills caught on video cameras at gas stations.

Watch each and see if you can determine what went wrong. Would operator training helped prevent these?

June 20, 2018

New EPA Sump and Spill Bucket Testing Updates

This just in from EPA: It should help Class A/B UST operators get ready for the new testing deadlines.

Dear UST Colleagues:

As many of you know, we developed questions and answers (Qs & As) to clarify implementation issues regarding the 2015 underground storage tank (UST) regulation, and we posted the Qs & As on the EPA UST website in a Technical Compendium.

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Should UST operators do their own maintenance work?

June 20, 2018

Another reminder to be careful with gasoline vapors and always hire out UST work where safety is in question.

“The co-owner of a local gas station here was killed this week when he and an employee were removing water from the vault of a vaulted tank system.  It was found out that they were using a shop vac to do the work when one of the tanks in the underground vault exploded killing the co-owner and severely injuring an employee. This is a sad example of why owners should leave routine maintenance work to the professionals who know what they’re doing.  It took over 24 hours for rescue crews to locate the body of the co-owner down in the vault.”

Special thanks to Ed Kubinsky of Crompco for sharing this sobering article.

Crews recover body of man trapped after Bensalem gas station explosion

May 30, 2018

20 years later and another deadline for EPA regulations

We found this old article about “new” EPA regulations back in 1998 as we’ve been updating all of our courses to new current EPA regulations. How times have changed. Check it out here.