EPA Approves New Test Method for Sumps

Posted by - General, Regulatory Updates, UST Inspections

EPAThe EPA OUST announced recently that it has approved PMAA’s low liquid level integrity test as an alternative method for containment sump testing that is required under the 2015 federal UST regulations. The 2015 regulations require liquid testing every three years of all containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring of piping.

The original test method cited in the rule requires filling sumps with water above the penetration points in the sump wall, but the alternative requires filling sumps only to the level of a liquid sensing device equipped with a positive shutdown that is mounted below penetration points in the sump wall.

Reusing Sump Testing Liquid

OUST also clarified that water used for spill bucket and sump testing may be reused by third party vendors at other sites in order to help reduce the cost of handling and disposal of test liquids.

Sump Testing Exemptions

In addition, OUST clarified that if double walled pipe systems using sumps for interstitial monitoring were installed before the date secondary containment for piping was first required by regulation, the tank owner may instead use leak detectors and annual line tightness testing to meet leak detection requirements. This would remove the need to test containment sumps because annual line tightness tests would replace interstitial monitoring as the selected method of leak detection.

Audible Overfill Alarms

OUST also approved PMAA’s request to allow the use of a liquid level audible alarm as a primary method of overfill protection where removing a fully functional in-tank probe to meet visual inspection requirements would destroy operability of the probe.

A compliance bulletin explaining the 2015 regulations and PMAA’s alternative test method, and how it can be used for further flexibility under state regulations, will be sent out soon, so stay tuned.

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Do You have a Designated UST Operator List Handy?

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Did you know that most state regulators require that a list of all employees who are trained as designated UST operators be made available at your facility at all times? This is typically called at Designated UST Operator List.

Designated UST Operator ListPASS makes it easy to create and regenerate this list so you never get caught off guard. All you need to do is:

  • Navigate to the facility you’d like to generate the list for
  • Click on Reports
  • Select the Designated UST Operator List report

The report is automatically updated whenever you add new students and trainings, so be sure to check it and print off a new copy regularly to make sure you’re up to date!

We have a number of other different reports available for our customers to help ensure they are ahead of the regulatory curve. Please contact us today and we’ll show you how we offer the best, most complete, regulatory tool kit for the UST/AST industries.

This report is just one of the ways PASS helps keep you covered. Sign up today and subscribe to our newsletter to get 10% off your first order.

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M-PACT Show 2017

Posted by - Tradeshows

M-PACT ShowIt’s that time of year again and we’ll be at M-PACT again April 18-20, 2017, Booth #817, alongside our partners at MyTankInfo.

The M-PACT show is one of our favorite regional tradeshows that brings together over 4,500 professionals from all over the midwest. PASS has been attending this show for many years and always enjoys the chance to get to see some of our great customers and partners in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It’s also nice that it’s always in our backyard.

If you’d like to get set aside some time to sit down with us to discuss how we can help your business please let us know.


Do you own a single wall UST in California?

Posted by - Regulatory Updates

Did you know that all single wall tanks in California were to be permanently closed by the end of 2015?

However, the State Water Resources Control Board wants to help with this financial burden. Grants and low interest loans are now available to assist owners/operators in the removal and replacement any remaining single-wall USTs.

To get more info on how to apply for assistance, check out the Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund page.  Funding is limited so do not delay!


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An issue has been identified at our suppliers which leads us to request that you immediately stop the sale of OPW swivel connector models 241 TPS Series and 36S with stamped manufacture dates between January 2013 and March 2017. This applies to 3/4 and 1 inch swivels. The specific models and date codes are listed on the Recall Alert as well as a list of the specific parts numbers affected.

We have identified a concern with a retaining rod used in the affected swivel connectors. In certain rare cases, the retaining rod may not perform as expected, resulting in unintended separation at the swivel connections, presenting a risk of fuel spillage. Additionally, while regulations and warnings prohibit the presence of ignition sources at the pump, there is a potential fire hazard if an ignition source is nevertheless present. Because the quality and safety of our products is paramount, we are stopping sales and initiating a voluntary recall of all potentially affected swivels, effective immediately.

This communication pertains only to the specific swivels and hose kits identified on the Recall Alert and does not pertain to other OPW swivel models or products.




  1. Alert Your OPW Swivel Customers. Please immediately forward the Recall Alert directly to all of your customers who may have purchased OPW swivels or hose kits. Please urge your customers to immediately remove or replace the affected swivels and register for the recall by phone or website so that OPW can directly ship replacement swivels to them.
  2. Stop Your Sales of Affected Swivels. Please immediately stop all sales, distribution, installation, and use of the affected swivels listed in the Recall Alert. Please check your current inventory and isolate and tag any affected swivels or hose kits in your possession.
  3. Contact OPW to Confirm Compliance and Arrange a Return and Credit. Please verify your compliance with steps 1 and 2 above by emailing your Customer Service Representative or calling 1-800-422-2525. At that time you may obtain an RMA and arrange for the return of your affected swivels and hose kits to OPW for a credit.  This is only for unused swivels you may have on your shelf.  Even if you do not have any affected swivels or hose kits in your inventory, it is important that we hear from you and confirm you have communicated the recall to your swivel customers.


We plan to upgrade the 241 TPS Series and 36S models with a new and different retaining rod. The new models will be clearly identified with a “Star” pattern stamped on the swivel body as well as a “Star” on the packaging.  In the meantime, we are offering the OPW Model 45 hose swivel as an alternative for you and your customers.

If you have questions or would like to speak directly to an OPW representative regarding the recall, please contact our team at 1-800-422-2525.

If your customers wish to receive replacement swivels, they can register for the recall using the https://OPWSwivelRecall.expertinquiry.com website or by calling 1-866-562-5931.  Please visit the website for additional call in numbers outside of the US.

We regret this inconvenience to you and appreciate your patience as we work through this process. Thank you for your continued support of OPW Products.

We’ll be at the 2017 PACE Show

Posted by - MyTankInfo, Tradeshows


Going to the PACE Show next week? Stop by and see us on Friday, February 24th, in partnership with MyTankInfo, at Booth 218.

The PACEshow is a show encompassing the entire Midwest, and represents more than 5,000 petroleum and convenience retail locations.  This year the organizers expect to draw more than 2,500 attendees and feature 300+ leading industry suppliers. Check out the floor plan here, and feel free to reach out to us if you’d like to set aside some time to chat during the show.


2017 NATSO Show

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NATSO Show 2017PASS recently took a trip down to beautiful Savannah Georgia to attend the 2017 NATSO Show.

The show took place Saturday January 21-24 at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Convention Center.  During these couple of days there was lots of hustle and bustle with tons of great things to do and to see. The NATSO Show brings travel plaza and truck stop leaders great new products and innovations, technical solutions and good advice. During the show there were many opportunities to go to workshops, networking opportunities, and Board, Council, and Committee meetings.

On the showroom floor, an ice cream social was held, a silent auction, and keynote speakers throughout each day giving presentations on many great subjects. David Fialkov, NATSO’s VP of Government Affairs, spoke on Monday during lunch, urging attendees to support the ban on rest area commercialization and tolling.  He also spoke about other issues such as corrosion in UST tanks and labor laws. Mr. Fialkov also encouraged members to advocate for the industry by going to NATSO’s Day on the Hill May 15-17 in Washington D.C.

Some other great topics discussed were, attracting, hiring and retaining travel plaza talent, electric vehicles, and planning for tomorrows economy. PASS had a wonderful time in Savannah and recommend this show to anyone in the truck stop or travel plaza industry to go and check out this show next year! In 2018 the NATSO show will be in Nashville, Tennessee from February 9-13, 2018. Click here for more info on the 2018 show.

Meet the New PASS Training

Posted by - New Features, PASS Training, Technology, UST Operator Training

PASS Training - UST Operator Training Software

The team has been hard at work over the past 18 months to launch a training experience that’s unlike any other available today.

We are very proud of this release, and have incorporated a lot of the feedback collected from our clients over the years. The system is designed with the customer in mind, and really focuses on simplifying the entire training process.

The redesign includes the all new PASS Training Marketplace, a public-facing resource that allows customers to quickly view training information and content previews, as well as all pertinent state and federal regulatory requirements. The marketplace is also a great opportunity for third-party training providers to host and market their content to a very tailored and focused group of UST/AST industry professionals. Other features include:

  • Enhanced user management tools, like user impersonation
  • User roles and permissions
  • Expanded training offerings including food service and alcohol selling, with more to come
  • Reseller/channel sales opportunities
  • Third-party LMS Integration via AICC

We are very excited for you see this new experience. Please let us know what you think on facebook, twitter, or shoot us an email.

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CSP Delivers Annual Top 101 C-Store List for 2016

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For the third year in a row CSP Magazine has released the Top 101 Convenience Store List.

The list is ranked by the companies store count in the United States and Canada.  There is a lot of great information about each company in a brief overview as well as some great facts like the average store size, states that they operate in, and company website links.  CSP has also provided links for the 5 biggest movers on this years list and the 2014 and 2015 Top 101 C-Store List as well.

Congratulations to all our friends and customers on the list!

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Cold Weather Affects your Car and your UST

Posted by - General, PASS Tools

Cold Weather UST maintenanceThe seasons have changed and the temperature has dropped.  This change in temperature effects both the fuel consumer and the gas station that we get our fuel from.  Lets take a quick look at how it can impact both.

Fuel Efficiency

For fuel consumers, cold weather means waiting until the last moment to stop and get out of the car, into the cold air to fill up our tanks.  But this is a small inconvenience compared to how the cold temperatures affect our fuel economy.

A fuel economy test conducted by the US Department of Energy stated that for short trips at 20F an unleaded gasoline automobile can get 12% less gas milage than that same trip at 77F.  Hybrid cars are even more affected with a 31% to 41% drop in fuel efficiency.  You can read up on some tips to improve efficency in the cold months here.

Diesel Gelling

Another negative aspect of cold weather for the consumer is diesel fuel gelling.  Fuel gelling occurs when very cold temperatures cause the diesel fuel to turn into a gel-like substance.  As you can imagine, gel will not flow through the fuel filter which can cause it to block up fuel lines and clog tanks.  Once the fuel has gelled in the fuel filter, the engine will not run.  The fix for diesel fuel gelling comes from fuel distributors, who supply a winter blend of diesel that has a lower cloud point as well as additives, both of which are designed to prevent gelling, and there are also a variety of diesel fuel additives for our vehicles that will minimize or eliminate the gelling problem.

Gas Stations – Cold Weather UST Maintenance

Cold weather effects the gas stations as well.  This time of year it is very important that you paying extra close attention not only your USTs, but also your leak detection devices, sump, and electrical conduits.  Water freezing and thawing can have a huge impact on these systems and components, Cold Weather UST maintenance and inspections are a must.

If water gets into your electrical conduit, or spill bucket and it freezes, it can cause extensive damage to the functioning of your line leak detectors, sensor probes or pumps.  Make sure to check all of your fittings and seals regularly to make sure that water can not leak into these areas.

The ground can move during the freeze and thaw cycles.  This can create major problems underground with risers cracking allowing water to enter the tank, fitting failures, and pipes breaking or cracking.

Checking for water in your tanks is crucial all year long, but water in your tank can cause more problems with your system during this cold weather season because of its ability to freeze and it is also a sign of a leak or malfunction that needs to be addressed.

Your leak detection devices may let you know if something catastrophic happens,  but it is important to inspect these devices regularly to ensure proper functionality so they will be ready to alarm if a problem arises.  As always, PASS Tools can help you keep up with the winter weather compliance and inspections.
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