As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Ohio.
Ohio is in the process of revising the state Fire Code for 2017. As UST operator training and certification is overseen by the Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR), a division of the State Fire Marshal’s office, the revised Code will certainly be of interest to UST operators in Ohio. To read more about the Code revision process, click here.
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M-PACT 2016 will be held March 22-24 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. PASS will be in booth #523 next to our exhibiting partner, MyTankInfo. We hope to see you there! The tradeshow exhibit hall is open March 23 1:00 pm-5:30 pm and March 24 11:00 am-3:00 pm.
We always look forward to this show, and not just because it’s in our home state. The Indiana Convention Center is an excellent facility and M-PACT organizes a top-notch tradeshow. But M-PACT is more than a tradeshow. You can attend informational/educational sessions held during the show. You can find exhibitors by searching the online exhibitor map or list. And football fans won’t want to miss Wednesday’s Industry Luncheon Keynote Address given by NFL official (and practicing trial attorney) Ed Hochuli.
Before you hit the tradeshow floor, find out what’s new in the states participating in M-PACT 2016.
As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Indiana.
- The Indiana Department of Environmental Management IDEM) has begun using a new billing system. IDEM will collect UST fees on a calendar year of January 1 to December 31.
- IDEM is also using a new Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form (state form 45223). This form and instructions on completing it can be found on IDEM’s forms page.
- The new Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form requires owners/operators to provide their financial responsibility information. In addition, UST owners/operators who want to use the Excess Liability Trust Fund (ELTF) as a financial responsibility mechanism must submit the Certificate of Financial Assurance (COFA) Request Form to IDEM. More information on Indiana’s financial responsibility requirements can be found here.
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As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. Let’s look at what’s new in Kentucky.
In its second quarter 2015 issue of UST Quarterly, the Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch (USTB) announced a new enforcement initiative for habitually non-compliant UST owners/operators. As Brian Osterman, Environmental Scientist with the Field Operations Branch, writes:
Some owners and operators wait for a state compliance inspection to discover UST system issues, and the subsequent Notice of Violation, before they address common maintenance tasks or before they repair broken or failing system components. Once the issues specifically cited in the violation are addressed sufficiently to receive a passing compliance letter, all efforts to maintain the system cease until the next compliance inspection spurs action. (1)
Owners/operators in these situations are often, therefore, habitually non-compliant, only addressing immediate problems and not implementing continuous proactive measures. In such cases, the USTB will begin “automatically referring habitually non-compliant UST facilities to the Division of Enforcement for possible fines and penalties” (Osterman 1) and other enforcement actions.
If you have difficulty keeping up with required operation and maintenance tasks at your facility, PASS can help! PASS Tools, our cloud-based inspection and compliance application, makes organizing and maintaining your compliance documents easy! With PASS Tools, you can input and view facility information, inspection status, forms, photographs, operator training certificates, and other documentation, anytime, anywhere. You can easily print documentation for the inspector and to keep on hand at your facility. With PASS Inspection Services, one of our partner service and maintenance companies will provide UST inspection and consulting services at your facility.
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As we get ready for M-PACT 2016, we want to take a look at what’s going on in the states participating in this annual tradeshow. First, let’s look at what’s new in Michigan.
- For all USTs and UST components installed after October 13, 2014, weekly and monthly dispenser inspections are required.
- Class B operators are required to conduct quarterly inspections of each UST facility for which they are responsible.
The following state forms have been recently revised.
Remember, UST Class A/B operators must take and pass the Michigan Class A and Class B operator exams offered by the International Code Council (ICC) in order to be certified. PASS offers a comprehensive ICC exam preparatory course for Michigan operators. For more information, click below to visit PASS’ Michigan page, select the UST Operator Training tab, and the UST Class A/B Operator ICC Exam Preparatory Course Description.
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EPA Updates Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems
Following the updates to Musts for USTs, the EPA has revised Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems to incorporate the recently-released federal storage tank regulations. In addition to a more attractive layout and improved graphics, the new Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems includes:
- Updated requirements and deadlines in the “General Facility Information” checklist (page 4);
- A revised list of release detection methods allowed as of April 11, 2016 (page 5);
- Revised release detection system checklists (pages 11-25); and
- A rewritten Section 6 covering impending required walk-through inspections (pages 52-54).
UST operators planning to take an ICC exam should know that they can still use the July 1995 Musts for USTs and the September 2005 Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems if these publications are among their allowable reference materials. This will likely change within the next few months, and we will update you with new information as we get it.
NEW Maryland UST Class A/B and Class C Operator Training Courses Approved and Available
PASS’ new and improved Maryland UST operator training courses (Class A/B and Class C) have recently been approved by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). How are they “new” and “improved,” you might ask? Here’s the scoop.
- We have completely rewritten these courses from the ground up, eliminating unnecessary and redundant pages and presenting the information in concise, readable text.
- We have incorporated Maryland-specific regulations (COMAR 26.10), requirements (such as interstitial monitoring requirements from COMAR 26.10.02.02 and information on assembling the required Written Operator Manual), and forms (Spill Report form, Notification form, Class C Facility Checklist, and others).
And remember, if your company requires you to take the International Code Council (ICC) exams for A/B certification, you can use the new PASS course to help you prepare for the exams. For more information, visit our ICC exam page.
Also, summer will be here soon (we hope!), which means boating and water activities. If you own a marina on any of Maryland’s miles of coastline or lakes, you should check out our add-on courses for Class A/B and Class C UST operators at marina facilities. While these courses do not provide operator certification and are designed to be taken in addition to our standard A/B and C courses, they do provide specific information about safe boat fueling practices, marina-specific clean-up procedures, and more.
Finally, if you own or operate any unattended facilities in Maryland, remember that you must inspect each unattended facility at least once every 30 days. PASS Tools can help you record the results of those inspections and schedule the next inspection, even sending you reminders so you don’t forget. All of this is available to you through PASS, so try us today!
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New Illinois UST operator training enforcement begins April 1, 2016
Earlier this month, we reported in The PASSing Lane that the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) will soon begin stricter enforcement of UST operator training requirements. As a reminder, OSFM inspectors will begin issuing Operator Certification NOVs for these violations starting April 1, 2016. The OSFM inspector will immediately red tag the station’s tanks and will not remove the red tags until A, B, and C operators have been trained and certified as required by law.
At the time of that post, the OSFM’s date to begin this enforcement was March 21, 2016. However, the OSFM has since changed the enforcement date to April 1, 2016. Even though this gives UST operators in Illinois an additional two weeks to be designated and trained, don’t put it off. Sign up for a PASS UST operator training course now!
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PASS has been pressing the importance of walk-through inspections by trained UST operators for years. That is why we created our powerful inspection software, PASS Tools.
In the latest edition of the PEI Journal, I came across an article called “How Can My UST System Be Leaking When I Have Leak Protection?” by Brad Hoffman. I wanted to share this article with you because I believe that Mr. Hoffman does a great job mentioning some of the many things that can happen to your UST system to undermine the effectiveness of your leak protection mechanisms. It really highlights the fact that even with all of the regulations put into place over the last 20+ years to prevent or minimize releases and all of the advancements in equipment technology, the best line of defense to prevent major leaks is a proactive UST operator who is conducting walk-through inspections of his or her facility.
Although the federal regulations requiring monthly walk-through inspections do not take effect until October 2018, it is never too soon to start performing them at your facility. You can save yourself a lot of headache, not to mention money, by catching system failures early before they become large scale remediation efforts. If you would like more information about PASS Tools, please visit our website or contact us!
New Illinois UST operator training enforcement begins April 1, 2016
In its October 23, 2015 Weekly Bulletin, the Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association/Illinois Association of C-Stores (IPMA/IACS) released some interesting stats regarding some of the most common violations experienced by their members in 2015. We posted about it here. Since then, Illinois UST operator training enforcement has become a serious priority.
Inspectors from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) report troubling compliance 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 these violations starting April 1, 2016 (originally March 21, 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 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.
If your facility does not have trained and certified UST operators, the time to act is now––and PASS offers the solution. In addition to being cost-effective, PASS’ UST Class A/B and Class C operator training courses:
- Are approved by the OSFM;
- Offer full coverage of federal and Illinois-specific regulations and requirements;
- Are available online any time;
- Can be completed in one session or stopped and restarted as needed; and
- Require only an internet-connected device to use them, with no special software to purchase or install.
It really couldn’t be easier to register, pay for, and begin taking a PASS UST operator training course. I strongly recommend to all of you to do this (if you haven’t already) well before April 1, 2016 and save yourselves the stress of NOVs, red tags, and lost revenue.
IPMA/IACS partners with PASS to offer UST operator training at a discounted rate to its membership.
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