The Energy Policy Act of 2005 outlined new policies and practices for the underground storage tank community aimed at decreasing release rates and improving tank safety and compliance. The act included requirements for secondary containment, delivery prohibition, 3-year inspections, state reporting, public record requirements, and operator training. With a phased-in implementation approach, operator training requirements are the last portion that states must address as states are required to have enforcement authority for programs in place as of August 1, 2009.
NEIWPCC and the UST/LUST workgroup have been involved with the operator training portion of the Energy Policy Act provisions since 2006, working with our member states and industry to address needs, requirements, and the challenges of implementation. Working through the Operator Training Subcommittee, the group has explored a regional approach to the issue – understanding that due to the small size of states in the Northeast, many tank owners and operators work in multiple states and are subject to differing regulations and requirements. The subcommittee is currently involved in creating examinations for Class A and Class B operators while helping states address questions and tailor operator training programs to fit their own needs.
Operator Training Resources