What is EPA UST SPA Approval and What Does it Mean?

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State Program Approval (SPA) is a difficult concept at first. But is not so hard once you wrap your head around it.  Simply, SPA-approved states, take the lead. Non-SPA states rely on the EPA.

SPA is vitally important now because of revised federal and state rules going into effect this fall.  Underground Storage Tank (UST) owners and operators need to know what SPA means and how it impacts their state regulations and ultimately their facility.

From the EPA’s website: “The state program approval (SPA) regulations set criteria for states to obtain the authority to operate in lieu of the federal program. State programs must be at least as stringent as EPA’s.”

States that have applied for and received federal SPA status will not have conflicting regulations. Once the state program is approved by the EPA, the state’s regulatory body has the lead role in UST program enforcement. In states without SPA approval, states work with the EPA on enforcement.

By law, all states and commonwealths, plus the District of Columbia, must have UST leak prevention and release detection regulations, spill response and cleanup programs, and an enforcement agency.

In states without SPA status, the state has a grant or cooperative agreements with the EPA. The state program is designated as the implementing regulatory body. While federal and state regulations apply in states without SPA, state regulations are generally just as stringent as, and often more stringent than EPA’s regulations.

So what does that mean for you concerning your state and the October deadline?

Basically, it allows enforcement deadlines to change. For example, the monthly inspection requirement can be pushed back to 2020 opposed to this October.

How do you know if this is going on in your state?

The EPA has created a list of entities with SPA status, which are the majority. However, most have to reapply for SPA status due to new 2015 regulations, and they have three years to complete their application as of October 2018.  You can view the EPA’s list here, or for those more visually inclined, here is a SPA map:

EPA UST SPA Approval MapIf you need more information concerning your state or the guidelines contact your regulatory agency.

PASS UST operator training has these details for each state included in our training. Also remember, that PASS Tools is a complete UST compliance management software that to help navigate these waters.


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The Deadline to Implement the New EPA UST Regulations is Looming

Posted by - PASS Tools, Regulatory Updates

EPA UST Regulations DeadlineIn July 2015, the EPA published its’s latest UST regulations and gave the local authorities and facilities three years for implementation. Some states have already put the regulations into place, but many states are still working the proposed new regulations through their systems; the state legislature or administrative body, public comment, and then publication.

These new rules go into effect October 13, 2018.

According to the EPA: “The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. The revisions will help prevent and detect UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.”

The 2015 UST regulations changed certain portions of the 1988 UST technical regulations. These current changes added new operation and maintenance requirements and addressed UST systems deferred in the 1988 UST regulation. Among the changes:

  • Added secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping
  • Added operator training requirements
  • Added periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems
  • Added requirements to ensure UST system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends
  • Removed past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, field-constructed tanks and airport hydrant systems

PASS Training is working with state regulators to update training, incorporating new federal and state regulations to prepare owner/operators for the October deadline. Additionally, PASS Training has an inexpensive Class C on-line operator training.

Tobacco Seller Training Now Available

Posted by - Course Updates, PASS Training

Tobacco Seller Training
PASS has recently begun to roll out new training offerings, in conjunction with 360training, an online Austin, TX, national and international employee training/certification company, starting with tobacco seller training.

This course addresses tobacco regulations focusing on keeping tobacco away from minors due to health risks. This training also discusses regulatory standards, as well as laws regarding the advertising and promotion of tobacco products.

Worried about your certificate? Don’t be, upon successful completion of the course and passing of the final exam, your certificate will be available for print.

PASS Training is easy to use: You can manage, order, and maintain your certificates easily. Whether you need Underground Storage Tank (UST) training; or alcohol, food management, or tobacco training, PASS has it.

Go to www.passtesting.com to sign up or take your training. The website is easy to navigate, and the trainings are inexpensive and address important necessary information.

If you want more information one of PASS’s specialists will be happy to help, just contact support.

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Updated Georgia UST Operator Training Courses

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Georgia UST Operator Training

Our updated Georgia UST Operator Training courses are now live!

We received approval from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources this week to release out updated UST operator training courses. Both the Class C and Class A/B courses have been updated to reflect the new regulations going into effect this fall so please be sure to take our updated courses to make sure that you’ll be ready.


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Stop by and see us at M-PACT 2018 – Booth 921

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The M-PACT Show is being held in Indianapolis again this year at the Indiana Convention Center, March 13-15th. PASS will be in attendance along with our partner MyTankInfo.  If you’ll be at the show please be sure to stop by and visit Raymond and Kyle in Booth 921.

We are looking forward to talking about the new regulations going into effect this year, and how PASS Tools can help you stay on top of it all.


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PASS Tools Updates – February 2018

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I know not everyone is subscribed to our changelog, so I wanted to take a minute to highlight some of the updates we’ve gotten out the door over the last few months.

We are constantly launching new features, so if you would like to get notified about these updates as they are launched, subscribe to our changelog.

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We’ll be at the 2018 WPMA Expo – Booth 218

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The WPMA Expo is being held in Las Vegas this year at The Mirage, February 20th-22nd. PASS will be in attendance along with our partner MyTankInfo.  If you’ll be at the show please be sure to stop by and visit Raymond and Kyle in Booth 218.

We are looking forward to talking about the new regulations going into effect this year, and how PASS Tools can help you stay on top of it all.


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The NACS Show is Next Week

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NACS Show 2017We’re packing up for a little road trip next week to head on up to the NACS Show at McCormick Place in Chicago next week, October 17-20.

Please be sure to stop by and say hello, we’ll be in Booth #3551, right next to our partner, MyTankInfo.

You can click here to add us to your NACS Show planner, or if you’d like to schedule some time with us while at the show please contact us.

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Texas UST Class A/B Operator Training

Posted by - UST Operator Training

Texas UST Class A/B Operator TrainingWe’ve heard some rumblings lately about a new training being available that takes two hours to complete and has no final exam, but after some research it’s nothing more than a bit of marketing hype.

TCEQ doesn’t require any training provider to have a final exam, so most, including PASS, do not.

Also, we aren’t sure that bragging about course length is necessarily a good thing. We all know that time is valuable, but to hang your hat on the fact that your content is short isn’t necessarily a good thing, and can actually be an indicator that your content comes up a bit short.

At PASS we strive to come up with the right balance of delivering all of the necessary content, while still respecting the learner’s time. We’ve also created features like automatic bookmarking, 24/7 access, and a mobile friendly app that lets our customers train at the time that’s most convenient for their schedule.

This is also a great opportunity to point out our reviews feature, which currently ranks our Texas A/B course at 4.5 stars.


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