1. Who regulates UST systems?
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) develops regulations for underground storage tank systems. However, regulatory authority is delegated to individual states. Depending on the state, a UST program may have more stringent requirements than the federal regulations. Our certifications at this time are for the state of Florida and are under the purview of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FLDEP).
2. What are the responsibilities of a UST owner/manager or employee?
Owners and/or managers are required to complete the class A/B certification that, among other things, covers the recordkeeping and business management of having a UST on your premise. At least one employee per shift that deals with the UST must be class ‘C’ certified.
3. What records need to be maintained about Class A/B or C operators?
Owners and operators must maintain a record identifying all currently designated operators at the facility. These records must include: the operator name, operator class, date, assumed duties, and training or retraining dates. Owners and operators must also have records that verify the completion of training or retraining. Proof of training should include: trainee name, date trained, operator training class completed, name of training company or examiner, and the training company’s name, address and telephone number.
4. When do operators need retraining?
Any Class A/B Owner/Manager that is found to be out of compliance is required to be retrained within 30 days of the determination of noncompliance. Retraining isn’t required if they take an annual refresher training or if the implementing agency waives the requirement for retraining.