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UST Owners &
All UST operators are required to meet new
federal training requirements by Aug. 6, 2015.
Here's what you need to know.
By Amy Bell, WritePunch, Inc.
Protecting Florida's Water
In 1983, Florida was one of the first states
in the country to pass legislation and adopt
rules for underground and aboveground
storage tank systems. Since then, more
than 28,000 facilities have reported discharges of petroleum products from storage tank systems. Because Florida relies
on groundwater for about 92 percent of
the state's drinking water needs, the state
enforces some of the most stringent rules
in the nation.
ecause the Energy Policy Act of 2005
was passed by Congress, there are
new federal training requirements for
UST operators. This federal regulation establishes training requirements for the following
classes of UST operators:
* Class A - Individuals who have primary
responsibility for on-site operation and
maintenance of UST Systems (Owner or
Operator of a UST facility)
* Class B - Individuals who are responsible
for daily on-site operation and maintenance
of UST Systems
* Class C - Daily on-site employees who are
responsible for addressing emergencies
presented by a spill or release from an UST
To comply with this federal mandate,
the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection (FDEP) has promulgated Rule
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62-761.350 FAC. As a result of this change,
all UST owners must have designated and
trained operators before August 6, 2015.
UST operators must complete a training
program that meets the new Florida requirements. Additionally, certificates issued in other
states will not be accepted after August 6.
The FDEP is no longer accepting operator
training from EPA Region 4 approved Operator
After UST operators have completed their
training, the UST owner must print the certificate and keep it with the facility records
for inspector verification. Florida regulations
require UST facility owners/operators to ensure
a visual inspection of all UST components is
conducted monthly. Because Florida DEP
inspectors are intensifying enforcement of
this requirement, the Department will ask for
documentation of these monthly inspections.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Spring 2015
Chair’s Perspective By Noel D. Hardy, FPMA Chair
Alternative Fuels: A Glimpse Into the Future By John Eichberger
Endless Possibilities for C-Store Food Programs By Al Hebert
UST Owners & Operators: Don’t Miss the Train! By Amy Bell
5 Ways to Stop Wasting Cash in Inventory By Betsi Bixby
Member Spotlight Marci Fechter, Sales Manager Southeast Region, f’real foods
Making Hiring Decisions Using Social Media By Lourdes Espino Wydler, Esq.
Calendar of Events
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Spring 2015