Dear PEI Member:
A printed copy of the draft will be mailed next week to all PEI members in the United States and Canada. However, anyone interested in reviewing and commenting on the draft document before publication can download a copy, along with the comment form, from PEI’s web site at www.pei.org/RP900. Comments are due to PEI by Wednesday, September 26, 2007.
For a modern underground storage tank (UST) system to operate successfully and safely, a number of components from a variety of manufacturers must be properly installed, inspected and maintained. Constant vigilance with regard to detecting leaks and anticipating operational problems is required of all tank owners to ensure that environmental contamination does not occur. RP900 provides the UST facility owner with recommended practices that enhance the longevity and trouble-free performance of UST equipment. It also promotes fire prevention and storage system safety; encourages the protection of human health and the environment; promotes regulatory compliance; reduces liability associated with the operation of UST systems; and promotes early identification of potential equipment problems.
This document was produced as an industry service by PEI’s Underground Storage Tank Inspection and Maintenance Committee. The recommended practices described in the draft represent a synthesis of industry procedures, manufacturers’ recommendations and regulatory standards related to UST equipment. The practices are the consensus recommendations of members of the committee which include Brad Hoffman (chairman), Tanknology, Inc.; Scott C. Boorse, Wawa; John Burwell, Xerxes Corporation; Laura Chaddock, California SWRCB; Peter J. Cochefski, OPW Fuel Management Systems; Glenn E. Farmer, D & H Petroleum and Environmental; Duane Grippe, O’Day Equipment Company, LLC; Ann Hines, Arkansas Oil Marketers Association; Jim Howard, Hess Corporation; David J. Piercey, JD2 Environmental, Inc.; Ed Rachins, Mutual Oil Company; Steven J. Radvak, Compliance Management Inc.; John C. Scandurra, Conklin Services and Construction Inc.; Sonny Underwood, Mid-South Steel Products, Inc.; and Brian Weigert, Rounds and Associates. Marcel Moreau served as consultant to the committee.
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RELEASES UST OPERATOR TRAINING GRANT GUIDELINES
To assist states in identifying responsible individuals to be trained pursuant to these guidelines, this document characterizes, in general terms, each class of operator. The guidance also identifies general training requirements pertaining to operating and maintaining UST systems. States are required to develop state-specific training requirements for each individual class of operator.
If you are considering adding a UST operator training component to the services you currently offer, you need to read and understand what EPA is requiring from the states. Click here for a copy of the grant guidelines.
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