West Virginia UST and AST Operator Training and Compliance News →

Posted by - General, UST Operator Training

Good News for West Virginia UST and AST Operators! PASS’ West Virginia UST and AST Operator training courses have recently been reviewed and reapproved by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP).  With the reapproval date approaching, we took the opportunity to substantially revise both of these courses.  In particular, the new West Virginia Class… Read more »

UST Program Facts – Looking Back, Looking Ahead →

Posted by - General, Regulatory Updates, UST Operator Training

Looking Back Every December, the EPA publishes its UST Program Facts, a short summary of UST statistics compiled through September of that year.  Information includes the number of active USTs in the United States, percentages of significant operational compliance (SOC) with UST requirements, number of releases confirmed, and number of clean-ups completed.  I thought it would… Read more »

Colorado UST Class A/B Operator Training Now Available →

Posted by - PASS Training, UST Operator Training

Good news for PASS customers with UST facilities in Colorado!   PASS is now approved to offer Colorado UST Class A/B Operator Training.  Previously, PASS had been approved to offer retraining only.  The Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety requires trainers to conduct a brief interview with A/B operators to discuss site-specific equipment and requirements prior to… Read more »

Hawai’i UST Operator Retraining Season →

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Hawaii’s operator training regulations went into effect December 9th, 2013 and that means it is time for many Class C Operators to retrain.  The Hawai`i Department of Health – Solid & Hazardous Waste Branch requires that Class C Operators be retrained annually.  If you previously took your training with us, you will start receiving email… Read more »

Top 8 Most Common UST Violations →

Posted by - General, PASS Tools, UST Inspections, UST Operator Training

In its October 23, 2015 Weekly Bulletin, the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association released some interesting stats regarding some of the most common UST violations experienced by their members in 2015.  Many of them are the usual suspects, but I found it interesting that three of them were actually related to Operator Training. Check it out. Release Prevention:  spill… Read more »

Minnesota Proposed Rule Changes →

Posted by - General, Regulatory Updates, UST Operator Training

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is moving forward with revisions to its UST regulations.  Some of the proposed changes to UST rules include: adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping; adding operator training requirements for UST system owners and operators; adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems; removing… Read more »

Nebraska UST Operator Training Deadline is Coming →

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Attention Nebraska UST Operators The deadline for UST operator training and certification is Not having designated and trained UST operators at your facility is a state compliance violation and can result in a delivery prohibition determination for your facility.  Don’t risk it!  PASS courses are online and easy to use—all you need is a computer and an internet… Read more »

UST Operator Training and Behavior Change →

Posted by - General, UST Operator Training

The 25th National Tanks Conference was held on September 14-16, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Kyle Keesling, Raymond Rees, and I attended many different educational sessions where (not surprisingly) the focus was on the newly revised federal UST regulations.  We received lots of helpful reminders about state program approval (SPA) and implementation time frames.  We also heard informative… Read more »

EPA Regulations: Spotlight on Inspections →

Posted by - General, Regulatory Updates, UST Inspections, UST Operator Training

Another change enacted by the EPA in the recent regulatory updates is the monthly and annual walk-through inspection requirement.  As with the new operator training requirements, owners/operators have until October 13, 2018 to comply with the inspection requirements.  Several states (California, Florida, Nebraska, North Dakota, and Utah, to name a few) already require Class A/B operators… Read more »