The Federal Energy Policy Act enacted by Congress in 2005 mandated training for all underground storage tank system operators. There are two types of operators who must receive training: a Primary Operator (Class A/B) and an Emergency Response Operator (Class C).
By Aug. 8, 2012, all facilities with underground storage tank systems permitted through the Division of Environmental Quality must have trained primary and emergency response operators.
It is the responsibility of underground storage tank owners to designate a primary operator for each UST facility. The person designated as the primary operator should be an individual who is responsible for the day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and recordkeeping, and has a general knowledge of the underground storage tank compliance requirements. Underground storage tank operators are required to obtain certification.
The certification training shall be held on Tuesday, July 17, and again on Wednesday, July 18. Participants need only attend one of two days. Seating is limited per day and underground storage tank operators must register no later than today, June 26, 2012. Registration is accepted only via email or fax by submitting a registration form and a pre-survey. These forms can be downloaded at www.deq.gov.mp.
After completing the one-day training, each participant can obtain his/her certification by passing a 20-question exam with a score of 80 percent or better. This certification shall be good for two years, unless the facility is not in compliance.
The one-day training agenda shall include, but is not limited to the following: Introduction
UST Operator Certification overview, Basic UST technology, release detection, release response, spill containment, overfill prevention, corrosion protection, and required paperwork relating to the operation and maintenance of underground storage tanks.
There is also an online training course for the Class C operators. C operators are on-site employees responsible for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from a UST system. Duties of Class C operators include responding to spills and alarms, and contacting Class A or B (management).
For more information about the in-person training on July 17 and 18 or the Class C online training, call the DEQ at 664-8500 or 8507 or send an email to email@example.com. (DEQ)