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Underground Storage Tanks | Training Videos and Publications

Training Videos

In the late '80s and early '90s, NEIWPCC produced three training videos for underground storage tank inspectors. The Environmental Protection Agency also released several underground storage tank videos focusing on underground storage tank leaks and installation. These videos can be ordered through our Resource Catalog or by calling (978) 323-7929. Please note that some of the material in the videos is out of date. It is our hope that we will be producing updated versions in the near future.

What Do We Have Here? An Inspector's Guide to Site Assessment at Tank Closure
Published in 2013, NEIWPCC has created a brand new training video and companion booklet that covers the nature of petroleum, site assessment at tank closure, inspection equipment, field observations and analysis, planning and decision-making, and site closure. It also covers the basics of sampling and handling soil and water for field testing and for transport to a laboratory for analysis. It is based off of the original 1990 publication on tank closure. (NEIWPCC, 2013)

Searching for the Honest Tank: A Guide to UST Facility Compliance Inspections
A training video about the goals of a facility inspection, inspection priorities, equipment checklists, inspection of UST facility records, site inspection for compliance with technical standards, follow-up and enforcement, training, health monitoring, and references. (NEIWPCC, 1991)

Tank Closure Without Tears: An Inspector's Guide to Safety
This video and booklet package outlines the causes of fires and explosions, while offering guidance in preparing a safe workplace, purging and inerting a tank, testing with oxygen and explosion meters, tank cleaning, transporting, and disposing. It also contains a safe removal checklist and reference list. (NEIWPCC, 1988)

Petroleum Leaks Underground
This video explores how liquids and vapors move in the subsurface and why early response to leaked petroleum is so important. The first section covers how liquids move, the second section address how vapors move. (EPA, 1992)

Straight Talk On Leak Detection With Joe Thursday, Leak Detective
This video provides an overview of most leak detection technologies. Part 1: Straight Talk From Tank Owners, Part 2: Straight Talk on Leak Detection With Joe Thursday. (EPA, 1990)

Doing It Right: Proper Installation Of USTs And Piping
Video demonstrates UST installation procedures for tanks and for both steel and fiberglass piping. The first section covers instillation of tanks, the second section addresses piping. Note: specific installation activities are subject to state and local regulations. (EPA, 1988)


Protecting the Drinking Water You Provide – A Guide for Owners and Operators of Gas Stations
Do you have a drinking water well at your gas station or know someone who does? Then this guide is for you! This 10-page booklet was created to educate individuals who have an onsite drinking water well of their important responsibilities in meeting drinking water regulations and protecting the health of those who drink their water. The booklet, a colorful and educational guide, provides a general overview of the responsibilities and can be distributed electronically or through printed copies (instructions for printing are located below). Also, for those who want to train others through a presentation, we’ve provided a PowerPoint presentation that highlights the major themes of the publication.

Download a PowerPoint presentation based on the guide.

Instructions for printing the TNC Guide: Protecting the Drinking Water you Provide, A Guide for Owners and Operators of Gas Stations Note: screened circular area at the bottom right of cover page provides an area to place the organization's logo/name
- Job Title: TNC Drinking Water Guide
- Description: 10-page self-cover (back cover folds out to provide 2 additional pages to an 8-page signature)
- Quantity: as determined by organization
- Stock: 80# ChorusArt Silk Cover - suggested (it is highly recommended that a coated, 80 lb. paper, meeting EPA post-consumer standards, be used)
- Flat Size: 21" x 10" cover, 14" x 10" text
- Finished Size: 7" x 10"
- Prints: 4/4 - Four Color Process
- Artwork: PDF file
- Finishing: Score and fold to 7" x 10" and saddlestitch

Health, Environmental, and Economic Impacts of Adding Ethanol to Gasoline in the Northeast States
In May 2000, the New England Governors' Conference Committee on the Environment asked NEIWPCC and the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) to assess the potential public health, environmental, regulatory and economic impacts of adding ethanol, instead of MtBE, to gasoline in the Northeast. This NEIWPCC and NESCAUM collaborative effort resulted in a three-volume multimedia assessment of increased ethanol use in our region. This paper highlights key findings of the NEIWPCC and NESCAUM analyses and provides research and policy recommendations for consideration by the Northeast states. Published in July 2001, the report is available here in PDF format or in hard copy by contacting Jaclyn Harrison at jharrison@neiwpcc.org.

Volume 1: Summary and Recommendations (393 KB)
Volume 2: Air Quality, Health, and Economic Impacts (1.26 MB)
Volume 3: Water Resources and Associated Health Impacts (1.50 MB) * note: the appendices for Volume 3 are not accessible in this online PDF version. To obtain an electronic version with appendices, please contact Jaclyn Harrison.

National Surveys

2006 NEIWPCC Survey: State Experiences with Petroleum and Hazardous Substance Releases at LUST Sites, Heating Oil Tanks, and Out of Service Tanks
In 2006, NEIWPCC received a grant from the U.S. EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks to develop and conduct a national survey that would address primarily topical LUST-related issues but also other programmatic areas that would help provide insight into state experiences. All 50 states responded to the survey electronically thereby allowing readers to view the raw and compiled data. Some survey questions paralleled those asked in the 2003 survey; all results from the 2006 survey are compared in the “State Response Summary” and the "Survey Report" attachments.

Complied 2006 Survey Results (51MB)
2006 NEI Survey Report
Survey State Contact List
State Standards
2006 Survey Summary

2003 NEIWPCC Survey: Survey of State Experiences with MTBE and Other Oxygenate Contamination at LUST Sites
In 2002, NEIWPCC received a grant from the EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks to develop and conduct a national survey to determine how MtBE and other oxygenate contamination affects state LUST programs and the cleanup of contaminated sites. The survey focused on the following oxygenates: methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MtBE), tertiary-butyl alcohol (TBA), ethanol, tert-amyl methyl ether (TAME), ethyl tertiary-butyl ether (EtBE), and diisopropyl ether (DIPE). This survey was a follow-up to the 2000 NEIWPCC survey that focused primarily on MtBE. As with the 2000 survey, responses were received from all 50 states.

Executive Summary
Summary Report
Survey Results

2000 NEIWPCC Survey: A Survey of State Experiences with MtBE Contamination at LUST Sites
NEIWPCC received a grant from the EPA Office of Underground Storage Tanks to conduct a survey of all 50 states to determine how MtBE contamination is affecting state LUST programs and the cleanup of contaminated sites. The following summary of state responses provides a fairly comprehensive snapshot of state experiences with MtBE to date. Survey questions covered topics including State MtBE Standards, MtBE Analysis, MtBE Site Assessment, MtBE Remediation, Other Oxygenates, GIS, and Information Needs.

Executive Summary
Survey Results

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