PEI‘s UST System Inspection and Maintenance Committee met in Chicago at the beginning of September to discuss the revision of Recommended Practices for the Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems, better known as PEI RP900.
Updates have been made and the revised edition is scheduled for December 2016. This publication was listed by the EPA as a code of practice to meet their walkthrough inspection and maintenance requirements. A public comment period is open until October 14, 2016 for any interested parties to comment on the newly created Appendix D.
What is PEI RP900 Appendix D?
Over the years it’s become apparent that water in tanks is becoming one of the most troublesome issues UST owners/operators face today. With that in mind Appendix D has been created to address the prevention and remediation of water inside of USTs.
The latest draft suggests that some of the testing methods we are currently using are not effective enough at detecting water. Let’s review a few of their findings.
Any unevenness at the bottom of the tank or strike plates may give the water a place to hide from your testing equipment. It is being recommended to test at multiple locations in your tank and as far away from the tanks fill riser as you can.
ATGs usually only detect 1/2 inch of water or more, so it’s important to use an additional detection method such as gauge sticks, vacuum sampling, or remote video inspection. For diesel fuel it’s important to regularly test microbe levels, which are an indicator that water is present.
For more information on Appendix D, as well as the other changes/updates to PEI RP900, visit PEI’s website.
If you find or suspect water in your tank, contact your maintenance company immediately, but ultimately early detection is the key to minimizing problems with your system. Upgrades to sensors and equipment can help, but regularly scheduled inspections and testing are MUST, and PASS can help.
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On September 8th the Utah DEQ approved changes to the Utah UST rules to satisfy the new/additional requirements outlined in the updates to 40CFR280 last year. These changes are now submitted for publication and public comment.
A comment session on the changes made will be held Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Utah DEQ, Multi-Agency State Office Building, Room 1015, 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Some of the changes put forward include:
- Secondary containment required for all new tanks, piping, and dispensers
- testing of spill prevention equipment, overfill prevention devices, and containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring
- Periodic operation and maintenance walkthrough inspections.
- Annual testing/inspection of electronic and mechanical release detection components
- New secondary containment requirements will apply to installations/replacements on or after January 1, 2017
- Leak detection now required for emergency generator tanks
- Full regulation of airport hydrant systems and field-constructed tanks
More details including a summary of the changes can be found here.
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The dev team here as PASS has been busy at work over the last year on an exciting new service we are calling the PASS Marketplace.
The PASS Training Marketplace will be a new, public-facing resource that will allow customers to easily see all of the trainings that we offer, complete with overviews, chapter details, retraining requirements, and pricing, all in one easy to find place. This feature is part of a much larger redesign of the PASS LMS that will be launching later this fall.
Our catalog will launch with a focus on UST Operator Training, but we are working hard to quickly launch other new trainings that complement the UST industry, such as inspector/installer trainings, as well as foodservice and alcohol trainings such as our Illinois BASSET Alcohol Training that just launched.
If you have suggestions on what trainings you’d like to see from us next, or would like to offer your own trainings/content through the PASS Training Marketplace, please contact us!
Stop by Our Booth – #3766
In October we return to Atlanta after a two year stretch in Las Vegas. We have a lot of new things to share with you including a major update to the PASS LMS and exciting updates to PASS Tools.
It’s a great time to get started thinking about the 2018 inspection deadline and PASS can help make that planning easy! Stop by our booth and we can show you how.
We will be “leaking” much more information and exciting updates between now and October 18th, so please stay tuned!
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In cooperation with our partners at Learn2Serve – Illinois’ #1 Provider of BASSET Certification, PASS is pleased to offer Illinois BASSET Alcohol Training.
- 100% online state approved course and exam
- Immediate printable temporary certificate
- 3-year official certificate mailed to you
Already have an Account with Us?
To get started just sign in to your existing account and you can add purchase this training just as you would any of our UST Operator Training, when creating order, select: Illinois > Alcohol & Foodservice Training > Illinois BASSET Alcohol Training
New to PASS?
Register for an account here, then when creating an order, select Illinois > Alcohol & Foodservice Training > Illinois BASSET Alcohol Training
Not in Illinois?
Not in Illinois but would like to see us offer Alcohol or Foodservice training in your state? Get in contact with us and we’ll work to make it happen!
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In 2005 President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. In Section 9010 of the Solid Waste Disposal Act (SWDA) it stated that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) must publish guidelines that specify training requirements for three classes of operators. And so the Class A, Class B and Class C Underground Storage Tank (UST) operators were born.
The EPA Published the Grant Guidelines To States For Implementing The Operator Training Provision Of The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and it went into effect in August of 2007. The EPA‘s guidelines break down each class of the UST operators and the minimum training requirements for the states UST program.
Why are Class A & B Operators Typically Always Combined?
In most states, the state specific training requirements group together the Class A and Class B operator to create an A/B operator training. The reason for this is that these two operators share very similar responsibilities. Class A or B operators are typically the owner and or the manager of the facility where the UST is located. The Class A operators are responsible for providing the financial responsibility documents as well as properly operating and maintaining the UST. Class A operators also make sure a good management system is set up for the B operator to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.
Both Class A and B operators are required to have knowledge of the UST regulatory requirements and providing appropriate records, but only the Class B is in charge of implementing the day to day operation, maintenance and record keeping of the UST. This includes being familiar with release detection and prevention and all of the components of the UST and monitoring equipment. Class B is also in charge of making sure everyone that is applicable is trained to properly respond to emergencies. So if you compare the two you might notice that they have to have training in the same areas, the B operator is just more hands on than the A operator. I believe that it is a good idea that they are combined into one training so that either an A or a B operator gets the most of their training.
Class C Operators
Class C operator training is required for all other employees who may be in charge of the UST facility. The main responsibility of the C operator is to know how to respond in a case of an emergency and to notify the Class A or B operator and or emergency responders when necessary. Class C operators are required to train before they assume responsibility for responding to emergencies.
So now do you know which class you are in? Still have more questions about Class A/B or C operators? Check out our FAQ pages! Click here for Class A or B operator information. Click here for Class C operator information. If you would like to read the Grant Guidelines To States For Implementing The Operator Training Provision Of The Energy Policy Act Of 2005 by EPA or would just like some more information about UST’s visit the EPA website.
PASS at the 2016 Florida Sunshine Expo
Raymond from PASS attended the Florida Sunshine Expo last weekend. Raymond talked with many existing clients and added a few more. PASS was pleased to partner with Marathon Oil at their booth again this year. PASS works with Marathon Oil to supply UST Operator Training along with PASS Tools/ Inspection services. For those unfamiliar with the Sunshine Expo, here’s some information on its impact and scope for the Florida petroleum industry.
The 2016 Sunshine EXPO is a key destination for the region’s top buyers for c-store chains, grocery stores, major oil, wine, beer and spirits retailers and wholesalers.
The Sunshine State is home to more than 10,400 convenience stores employing more than 156,000 Floridians, with an economic impact of almost $49 billion. An industry this large and this important requires a trade show that supports and enhances these businesses by combining the latest news, technology and opportunities for Florida’s c-store owners and suppliers.
~ The Sunshine EXPO. (2016). Retrieved from https://www.fpma.org/index.php/events/sunshine-food-fuel-expo
Here are some highlights from 2015! Can’t wait for this year!
During a recent clean-up of our PASS Training accounts, we noticed quite a few duplicates, which can cause many problems for all of us.
Multiple Company Accounts
Sometimes students will register a company rather than logging in with their usernames and passwords, creating a second, different account for the company. A Company account should only be registered once. If students create a separate Company account and take their trainings under that account, the Company Admin would be unable to view those trainings and certificates. This could also create an issue if the student called in for customer support and had accounts located in multiple companies. Ensuring that your students login with the username and password you supply them instead of registering the company again will help with this problem. However if you would like to set up a student self-registration system for your company, we would be glad to help with that!
Multiple Student Accounts
If you are a Company Admin or Facility Admin you are also a student. This means that you do not need to have separate Admin and Student accounts. You could forget you have training under one username/account and redo the training using your other username. We would like for everyone to have one username and password for our site.
We all make mistakes! If you notice that you have duplicate students, facility administrators, or facilities please give us a call at 1-866-735-0201 so that we may address this issue for you. Sometimes we just accidentally add a student twice, or add a facility that was all ready there. It’s no big deal for us to address these issues so please call and let us help you clean up those messy accounts!
For any questions please feel free to take a look at our brand new PASS Support Center.
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After weeks of preparation, we would like to announce the launch of our brand new PASS Support Center!
We know you have questions, and we want getting the answers to be as fast and as easy as possible for you. So we created the PASS Support Center to help you access the most frequently asked questions and their answers. We based these articles on common questions asked of our customer support team, so we know these are issues that many of you have. If you don’t find the answer you need, you can post your own question. We have divided the PASS Support Center into 3 different sections.
Training – General Help
In this section you can find information about general help topics like How to Purchase Training, How to Reset Your Password, and many more.
Help Guides for Facility Administrators
In this section you can find information specific to Facility Administrators. Topics include How to Assign Training to a Student, Reports you can View or Print, and many more.
Help Guides for Company Administrators
In this section you can find information specific to Company Administrators. Topics include How to Reset a Students Password, How to Add a Student, How to Add a Facility and many more.
Each section covers a different user type in our system: student/user, facility admin, and company admin. Each section includes an article about the Dashboard or home screen specific to that user type. The article breaks down each Dashboard and the features available to each user type. This would be helpful for admins who want to have an idea of what their students’ screens look like. We put a lot of effort into providing clear, step-by-step answers enhanced by screenshot images to guide you through each process.
We hope that you find the PASS Support Center to be helpful and easy to use. To access the Support Center, click the click the Support link in your dashboard when you are logged in to our system. You may also ask a question by clicking here or by clicking Post A Public Question in the Support Center.
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Our technology team is always looking for new tools and ways to offer the best products and services possible, which is why we’ve recently started using a service called Pingdom.
Pingdom gives us a ton of insight into the performance and availability of all of our websites and applications. Most of these tools are pretty geeky, so I won’t bore you with the details, but there’s one in particular which is very useful for everyone: status.passtesting.com
This site shows you the current status of all of our websites and applications, including our partner, MyTankInfo.
Please take a second and check it out, and be sure to let us know what you think.
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