PASS Training & Compliance Now Offering Newly Revised A/B Operator Training in Illinois

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Muncie, IN – PASS, which offers A/B and C UST Operator Training courses nationwide, has now released a newly revised version of their  A/B Illinois operator training acceptable by Illinois regulators.

This training includes updates to reflect newly changed state and federal regulations and is available online now at passtesting.com .  Students will be trained: to recognize system components, to monitor and maintain release detection and release prevention equipment, to prepare for and respond to an emergency, to ensure proper financial responsibility, to properly register equipment and have it installed according to regulation, and to inspect and properly close sites if needed.  The training is self-guided and includes quizzes and examinations designed to ensure learning and retention. Students will receive certificates of completion and these are available online at any time, and for printing to display at the proper facilities.

Questions about group pricing and other inquiries can be directed to Raymond R. Rees, PASS Chief Officer of Operations, at raymond.rees@passtesting.com

PASS Training & Compliance Now Offering Newly Revised A/B Operator Training in Ohio

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Muncie, IN – PASS, which offers A/B and C UST Operator Training courses nationwide, has now released a newly revised version of their Ohio A/B operator training.

This training includes updates to reflect newly changed state and federal regulations and is available online now at passtesting.com .  Students will be trained: to recognize system components, to monitor and maintain release detection and release prevention equipment, to prepare for and respond to an emergency, to ensure proper financial responsibility, to properly register equipment and have it installed according to regulation, and to inspect and properly close sites if needed.  The training is self-guided and includes quizzes and examinations designed to ensure learning and retention. Students will receive certificates of completion and these are available online at any time, and for printing to display at the proper facilities.

Questions about group pricing and other inquiries can be directed to Raymond R. Rees, PASS Chief Officer of Operations, at raymond.rees@passtesting.com

Colorado Training Latest in PASS Lineup to be Approved

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Colorado’s A/B Operator UST Training has been approved by the state as new Federal EPA regulations go into effect Oct. 13. 2018.

The federal EPA UST regulations were updated in 2015 and states were given three years to revise their regulations to meet EPA standards at a minimum. Many added their own new regulations as well.

PASS has been working for several months with individual states to merge the federal and state regulations.

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Mississippi Training Updated for A/B Operators

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The state of Mississippi has approved the PASS training for A/B operators effective immediately. In Mississippi A/B operators are “Compliance Managers,” and C operators, “Clerks,” but for the purpose of the training they are designated A/B operators and C operators

Due to new EPA Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations, which go into effective Oct. 13, 2018, all states had to update their regulations to conform to federal regulations at a minimum. Many states, including Mississippi, took this opportunity to update their own regulations also.

Mississippi’s PASS Training is current and ready to be accessed for Mississippi A/B Operators, and you can view our entry on the approved courses list here.

The Mississippi training contains both state and federal regulations. Those taking the test will be certified after they pass the training and that certification will be available online to be printed out. This certification will be recognized by the state of Mississippi.

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Our Updated Class A/B UST Operator Training is Live in Hawaii

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Hawaii State Seal

PASS is pleased to announce that our newly updated Class A/B UST operator training course has been approved in Hawaii. Our course covers all of the federal regulations and has been customized to address Hawaii’s specific requirements.   If your company has facilities in Hawaii keep PASS in mind for your UST operator training needs. !!!

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The EPA has Rules to Prevent AST Spills in Navigable Waters and Shorelines

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EPAWhat is Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Rule better known as SPCC, and do I have to have one for my above ground storage tank? The short answer is yes!

Briefly, the SPCC purpose is to prevent the release of hazardous liquid, including petroleum, into navigable waters and shorelines. The EPA’s SPCC rule’s goal is also to protect public health and the environment. Additionally, it helps owners and operators avoid costly cleanup, which can run into the millions of dollars.

The SPCC regulation requires facilities to develop and implement SPCC Plans.  It also establishes procedures, methods and equipment requirements:

  • Preventing
  • Preparing
  • Responding to oil discharges at specific non-transportation related facilities

Individual SPCC plans must follow engineering practices and be certified by a professional engineer. In some cases, the facility owner or operator can self-certify.

There is an SPCC aggregate capacity rule that also applies.

The total aggregate capacity of AST containers under SPCC must be greater than 1,320 gallons of petroleum. The exceptions include containers of less than 55 gallons, permanently closed containers, motive power containers, or storage containers used exclusively for wastewater treatment.  (A motive power container is an onboard bulk storage container used to power a motor vehicle, or ancillary onboard oil-filled operational equipment.)

In some states, SPCC is just one level of AST compliance. For example, some states have adopted the Steel Tank Institute’s Standard Practice SP001, which helps comply with EPA mandates. SP001 is a valuable resource even if individual state regulators do not require it.

The EPA also reserves the right to regulate AST holding oils of any kind, per verbiage in the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Regulation (40 CFR Part 112).

Also, “the SPCC regulation does not specifically use the term AST, but rather includes ASTs under the term bulk storage container,” according to the EPA.

The EPA has created a page on their website called Oil Spills Prevention and Preparedness Regulations to define actions are needed, along with this guide/companion site.

New Training Offerings in Four States – Off-Premises Alcohol Seller Training

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Off-Premises Alcohol Seller Training

Today we are excited to begin offering additional Learn2Serve off-premises alcohol seller training in conjunction with 360training.com, a cloud-based employee training/certification company based in Austin, TX. The latest courses added to our catalog cover:

These courses teach individuals how to protect themselves and their businesses from liability; how alcohol negatively affects customers and how to prevent intoxication; how to refuse a sale; how to prevent and handle disturbances; how to check IDs and identify minors; and how to avoid second-party sales.

Upon completion of this course and passage of the final exam, a certificate of training will be available to print.

For Louisiana, the training and exam are specifically approved and targeted for Louisiana. The end results will be to receive a Lousiana Bar Card by completing the training AND passing the exam. After completing training, Louisiana candidates will receive a code to unlock the exam.

To get started with one of these courses check out our training marketplace.

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EPA UST Walkthrough Inspection Guidelines

Posted by - PASS Tools, Regulatory Updates

EPA UST Walkthrough Inspection GuidelinesOne of the major changes in the EPA 2015 rules are requirements for UST owners/operators to perform and log monthly walkthrough inspections, and to maintain those logs for at least one year. Previously, some states only required quarterly or annual inspections, but now all states must require monthly inspections. Let’s take a moment to run through some of the new requirements.

Spill Prevention Equipment

  • Check for damage
  • Remove liquid or debris
  • Remove obstructions in the fill pipe
  • Check the fill cap to make sure it is secure
  • Check containment sumps annually
  • Check for leaks in the interstitial area of any double-walled spill prevention equipment

Release Detection Equipment

  • Ensure it is operating with no alarms or other unusual operating conditions
  • Ensure records of release detection testing are reviewed and current

Containment Sumps

  • Check for damage, leaks into the containment area, or to the environment
  • Remove any liquid or debris
  • Double walled containment sumps with interstitial monitoring
  • Check for a leak in the interstitial area

Handheld Release Detection Equipment

Examples of such equipment would be tank gauge sticks or groundwater bailers. These items should be checked for operability and serviceability.

Airport Hydrant Systems

In addition, owners and operators must inspect airport hydrant systems at least once every 30 days. If confined space entry according to the OSHA is not required monthly but may be required annually.

  • Hydrant pits – Check for damage; remove liquid or debris; check for leaks
  • Hydrant piping vaults – Check for hydrant piping leaks

Recordkeeping

Owners and operators must maintain the most recent year’s walkthrough inspection records, including:

  • a list of each area checked
  • whether acceptable or needed action taken
  • a description of actions taken to correct issues
  • delivery records if spill prevention equipment is checked less frequently than every 30 days due to infrequent deliveries

If this seems like a daunting task, we can help. Contact us to learn more about PASS Tools, our inspection and compliance management platform.

 

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Hawaiian USTs and Volcanoes

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Hawaiian Volcano

Currently, there are no Underground Storage Tank (UST) facilities in the path of the fissures and lava flows from the Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Kilauea erupted on May 3 resulting in several homes and businesses being destroyed, and more than 2,000 residents evacuated as fissures and lava flows continue to move further into the island. Earthquakes and aftershocks continue to rock the island.

According to a Hawaiian official, who oversees USTs in the island, the situation is “constantly changing but at last look, it was about five miles away (from the nearest UST facility).

“Years ago, lava was moving closer to a Pahala gas station. The owners/operators were asked to empty their tanks at that time but luckily that particular lava run did stop progressing towards that location.”

If the lava-flow advances, the department advises:

  • Remove/pump out remaining gasoline, diesel or other petroleum products from underground storage tanks.  Store in movable containers such as drums, tote tanks or tankers.
  • Once the tanks are emptied they must be properly vented and capped
  • Check with local distributors to see if they will accept the products for resale
  • While the tanks are empty, release detection is not required.

Hawaiian officials are protective of their unique environment. Beginning in 2045 no UST facilities can be constructed within 100 yards of the shoreline. Existing USTs in this zone will still be permitted and operate.

PASS Trainings are Being Updated to Comply With New EPA and State Regulations

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PASS Training and Compliance is in the process of integrating new individual state Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations with updated EPA rules. EPA rules, adopted in 2015, go into effect Oct. 13, 2018.  Individual states have completed their updates or are in the process.

EPA rules stipulate that states must, at a minimum, comply with federal regulations. Many states have more stringent rules than the EPA. Several states, such as Illinois, had regulations in place that already comply with the new EPA rules.

In most states, current certifications and those issued in the interim are honored until new testing is in place then the certifications are valid until retraining is mandated or there is a violation. Check with state regulators if unsure.

PASS training structure is simple and easy to follow. The test is straightforward, with questions designed to enforce important information

EPA rules are the backbone of PASS training, with state-specific information inserted in each training. Every PASS chapter also contains questions specific to both federal and local regulations. The test also includes state-specific forms and information available to print out and use.

State regulators review PASS training, and either approve or suggest edits.

PASS tests offer convenience because they are online 24/7 and afford test-takers the ability to take the test at any location they choose. After taking and completing PASS Training, test takers are issued a certificate that meets state requirements.

In addition to the inexpensive tests for A/B owner and operators, PASS has a comprehensive training for C operators with specific information about the basics of a facility, and how to respond to emergencies. This training also includes certification.

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