1. It’s The Law
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress. This federal regulation established training requirements for operators of underground storage tanks (USTs) to demonstrate competency on how to comply with UST rules so environmental releases can be prevented. Having the specific knowledge of how to respond to an emergency situation can make a big difference at your facility.
- Class A training is required for person(s) having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems (owner or operator of a UST facility).
- Class B training is required for persons involved with daily on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems.
- Class C training is required for daily on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from a UST system.
2. Safety First
Proper training is essential for the safety of your employees and customers. It is important to be aware of gas station environmental hazards. Some of the hazards arise from the customer using the pump (smoking, cell phones, static electricity, filling unapproved containers, unattended fueling, etc.), while other hazards occur from overfills during deliveries and other mechanical system failures. Whatever the cause, quickly identifying a potential release of petroleum can be the difference between an isolated incident and an emergency situation.
3. Environmental Impact
USTs often contain gasoline, diesel fuel, waste oil, or other toxic materials that contain dangerous chemicals known to cause serious health effects. Preventing spills and releases to the environment should be priority number one for an owner/operator of a UST, especially since an estimated 50 percent of the population and virtually everyone in rural areas relies on groundwater for drinking water.
4. Financial Impact
The economic value of your business can be negatively impacted by improper operation of USTs. Leaking USTs often lead to costly site assessment and remediation projects. Environmental impacts can prevent you from selling your property or obtaining a loan from the bank. The sooner a release of petroleum is detected and mitigated, the less costly the subsequent spill assessment and remediation will be and the sooner your property will be restored to full value.
5. Developing a Compliance Program
In the world of UST compliance simple things like not overfilling tanks, scheduling and performing routine inspections, using the proper equipment, responding promptly to spills, and paying attention to release detection results can go a long way in preventing costly problems from developing. Implementing a compliance program that delivers results begins with proper training.
ATC offers Class A, B and C UST Operator Training through our Eclipse Fuel System Management Division. Click here to learn more.