We’ve heard that many of our customers are overwhelmed by regulatory demands. Right now in the UST industry, we are more heavily regulated than ever before. PASS’ purpose, in short, is to sift through the mountain of each state’s regulations, condense that into our training and tools, and make those available at the best price. We try to make our products as cost-effective and easy to navigate as possible. But you still have a ton to think about. Recently the National Retail Federation (NRF) conducted a survey asking retailers what their top concerns were. Regulations landed right towards the top of the list. After you review the following links and assets, check out PASS Tools and PASS Training and our 10% Best Price Guarantee. Remember: PASS is here to help you understand and navigate the road to compliance.
The PASSing Lane The Latest in UST Training & Compliance
The EPA has just released a new edition of its publication Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks and Piping: Straight Talk on Tanks. More commonly known as Straight Talk on Tanks, this May 2016 update incorporates information and requirements from the 2015 revised federal UST regulations.
One immediately apparent change from the September 1997 version is the use of the term “release detection” in place of “leak detection,” presumably to align the current edition more closely with the language found in the updated regulations. On page 3, the EPA clarifies this change, emphasizing that “a release always reaches the environment” while “regulated substances entering into the interstitial space are leaks instead of releases.”
As with the 1997 edition, the revised Straight Talk on Tanks contains detailed information about each method of release detection and its associated requirements. The 2016 edition includes information on Continuous In-Tank Leak Detection (CITLD) and Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR), which were included in the federal regulations in 2015. The publication also highlights the necessity of retaining site assessment records for facilities using vapor monitoring or groundwater monitoring.
With all of these changes, being proactive and organized with your facility operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping responsibilities is more important than ever. Just remember that PASS Tools can help!
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The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Bureau of Weights & Measures wants to remind all Aboveground or Underground Tank Installers whose certifications expire on April 30, 2016 to renew their certification as soon as possible. Late renewals will not be accepted.
If you do not apply by the deadline, you must apply for a new certification and meet all of the requirements for a new certification. If you currently have an AST or UST installer certification but do not intend to renew it, you should contact Alicia Clark, Compliance Officer in the Bureau of Weights & Measures at Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) now requires all communication with the agency to be paperless. Through the ezFile system, DEEP can accept annual UST Notifications and can process annual Notification fees. You can read all about ezFile and how to use it on the DEEP’s website.
Verifying operator training certificates from different states does not have to be a major challenge. Large companies should know that there is one national training solution that will help them keep track of training certificates across the country: PASS.
PASS introduced our Training Certificate Verification tool in 2014. To use it, simply click on Resources at the top of our home page and select Certificate Verification or enter passtesting.com/verify in your browser. Enter the number you see in the bottom right corner and click Verify. You will see the certificate ID number followed by the student’s name, the course taken, the status (Completed, Expired, or Retired), and the start, completion, and expiration dates. This is helpful not only for company administrators but for state inspectors wanting to check and validate operator training certificates. It’s one more way PASS has been helping customers keep their training on track.
MPACT 2016 Wrap-up
PASS had another incredible show with more booth visitation than ever! PASS Tools along with PASS UST Operator Training and MyTankInfo is the complete compliance package and companies are really jumping on board with how easy UST/AST compliance can be. We want to take time to thank all our existing customers who dropped by for their loyalty, and invite all our new customers to see why PASS will work for you.
Mark your calendars… July 1, 2016 is the deadline for UST Operator Training.
Beginning July 1, 2016, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will check compliance for UST sites that are not insured by the Missouri PST Insurance Fund or PSTIF. The DNR will also also begin checking for designated and trained UST Class A, B, and C operators. PASS offers Missouri Department of Natural Resources acceptable training via reciprocity from Illinois. Visit passtesting.com/missouri for more information.
Missouri’s DNR will implement a portion of the new rules by July 1, 2017. This portion requires new UST systems to be double-walled and have containment sumps with interstitial monitoring. In addition, if over 50% of any piping is replaced, it must be replaces with double-walled piping with containment sumps and interstitial monitoring.
Here is a list of Proposed Underground Storage Tank Compliance Dates and a link to the redline changes to the rules.
The Steel Tank Institute (STI) is in the process of updating several of its publications and seeks feedback on the following: SP001 Standard for the Inspection of Aboveground Storage Tanks and SP031 Standard for Repair of Shop-Fabricated Aboveground Tanks for Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids. The deadline for submitting comments is April 20, 2016 and must be done using STI’s online form. You can also find out more information about STI’s work in their latest Tank Talk newsletter.
Also of interest in this issue of Tank Talk is a report on a recent study of aging USTs by the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO) Tanks Subcommittee. The committee conducted in-depth studies of aging USTs in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Missouri, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. In addition to the age of the UST, the committee investigated state regulations regarding aging tanks and financial assistance available for leaking UST clean-up.
March 24 is the last day for M-PACT 2016.
Stop by to see us and our exhibit partner MyTankInfo at Booth #523 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm today.
M-PACT 2016 will be held March 22-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana
The big news in Illinois is the upcoming UST operator certification enforcement. Inspectors from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) have been seeing operator certification violations at gasoline dispensing facilities throughout the state. Examples include:
- A station with one attendant on duty who is not a certified UST operator and knows nothing about operator training; and
- Stations without a designated and trained A/B operator, meaning monthly recordkeeping, required quarterly inspections, and annual maintenance are being neglected.
In response, OSFM inspectors will begin issuing Operator Certification Notices of Violation (NOVs) for operator certification violations starting April 1, 2016. In addition to the Operator Certification NOV, the inspector will immediately red tag the station’s tanks and will not remove the red tags until A, B, and/or C operators have been trained and certified as required by law. This will cost station owners time and money as a red-tagged facility may not receive fuel deliveries or dispense fuel to customers. In effect, a red-tagged facility will be closed until operator training requirements have been met.
PASS is approved to offer Class A/B and Class C operator training in Illinois and getting started is as easy as clicking here. Don’t forget that all UST operators in Illinois are required to be retrained every two years. When you train with PASS, you will get timely reminders before your certification expires so you will always be in compliance.