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UST Inspection and Release Prevention

Below is a list of available UST inspector training courses, videos, publications, and surveys. Courses are available online and/or in person.

Please check out the UST Inspector Training Webinar Archive to view our previously recorded training webinars.

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Training Courses

Name: EPA Underground Storage Tank Web-Based Training
Organization: NEIWPCC/OUST
Link: Temporarily unavailable. Please contact Tim Smith at Smith.TimR@epa.gov for more information.
Course Description: This Web-based course is designed to meet the training requirements for inspectors under EPA Order 3500.1. Training orients new employees, provides refresher training, and supplemental annual training for the Underground Storage Tanks (UST) program. Topics include preparation for field inspections, on-site equipment inspections, compliance records review, purpose and goals of the UST program, history of the UST program, financial responsibility requirements, and the federal UST regulations. Note: This course is a self-contained animation file. Upon exiting the course no information will be stored, including login information.

Available: online
Cost: $0


Name: Learn How to Monitor a UST Cathodic Protection (CP) System
Organization: Steel Tank Institute
Link: click here
Course Description: This course will cover the following topics:

  • How Cathodic Protection Works
  • Monitoring Cathodic Protection
  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Hands-on Demonstration
  • Field Testing

Available: In-person, classroom
Cost to attend: ~$425 (regulator rate)


Name: Petro-Tite Line™ Tester Basic Course
Organization: Purpora Engineering
Link: click here
Course Description:

Day 1

  • Introduction / Safety
  • Basic Physics
  • Pumping Systems for Petrol Facilities
  • Liquid Hydrostatic Testing
  • Equipment Familiarization Review
  • Field Exercise with Live Submersible Pumping System
  • Classroom Review of Data Organization
  • Homework

Day 2

  • Homework Review
  • Protocol for Special Bleed Back
  • Review of Leak Detector Systems
  • Brief Discussion: Using Helium in Troubleshooting
  • General Overview / Course Review
  • Written Exam

Available: In-person, online for exam
Cost to attend: Basic: $650, Refresher: $475, Online Exam: $300


Name: How to Install Underground Fuel Storage Tanks and Piping (8 Hours)
Organization: Petcon, Inc.
Link: click here
Course Outline (shortened):
1. Tank Handling (15 min.)
2. Pre-Installation Testing (45 min.)
3. Excavation (30 min.)
4. Anchoring (15 min.)
5. Backfilling (30 min.)
6. Spill & Overfill Prevention (30 min.)
7. Leak Detection Methods (3.0 Hours)
8. Cathodic Protection (1.25 Hours)
9. Piping (1.25 Hours)
10. Electrical (15 min.)

Available: In-person, classroom
Other UST Inspector Courses Offered:
A Contractor’s Guide to UST Closures
OSHA 8 Hour Refresher On-Site Supervisors Hazmat Course for UST Sites
Solutions to New Underground Storage Tank Problems


Name: UST Boot Camp
Organization: Purpora Engineering
Link: click here
Course Descriptions:
5-day intensive seminar for new and seasoned inspectors, operators, compliance managers or service providers.

Available: In-person
Cost: $395/person


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 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 transport. 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 causes of fires and explosions, while offering guidance in preparing a safe workplace, purging tanks, testing with oxygen and explosion meters, tank cleaning, transporting, and disposing. It also contains a safe removal checklist and reference list. (NEIWPCC, 1988)


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)


Publications

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? This 10-page booklet was created to educate individuals who have an onsite drinking water well as one of their important responsibilities in meeting drinking water regulations. The booklet provides a general overview of responsibilities and can be distributed electronically or through printed copies (instructions for printing are located below). Also, for those who want to train others, we’ve provided a PowerPoint presentation that highlights the major themes of the publication.

Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation based on the guide.

Instructions for printing the TNC Guide:

  • 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 (recommended to use a coated, 80 lb. paper, meeting EPA post-consumer standards)\
  • 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

Note: screened circular area at the bottom right of cover page provides an area to place the organization’s logo/name


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.

* note: the appendices for Volume 3 are not accessible in this online PDF version. To obtain an electronic version with appendices, please contact Drew Youngs