Regulations Updates

Published on Friday, July 22, 2016

Operator Training Requirement Deadline Fast Approaching for Underground Storage Tank Operators in NYS

Deadline is October 11, 2016

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) adopted amendments to update and revise the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS), Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS), and Used Oil Management regulations effective October 11, 2015.  Under federal and state law, operators of certain underground storage tank (UST) systems with capacities greater than 110 gallons must be trained in how to keep the USTs in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Facilities with these tanks must register the names and authorization numbers of their Class A and Class B Operators with NYSDEC no later than October 11, 2016. To become authorized, these Operators must be trained and must pass a DEC-administered exam that demonstrates their competence to operate these tank systems. As described below, DEC is offering the authorization exam online. 

 

Operator training for all regulated underground storage tank (UST) operators is required to be completed by October 11, 2016:

 

  1. All facilities with federally-regulated USTs (USTs >110 gallons capacity) are required to have at least one Class A, Class B, and Class C operator (it can be the same person) registered with NYSDEC by October 11, 2016.

  2. Federally regulated USTs are USTs that have a capacity greater than 110 gallons and are most commonly used to store a petroleum motor fuel (e.g., gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, etc.), or any UST used to store a hazardous substance (e.g., methanol, caustic soda, acetone, etc.) listed in Part 597.

  3. Class A and B Operators must be trained and must pass a NYSDEC administered exam that demonstrates their competence to operate these tank systems.

  4. Online testing system and study materials are available through the NYSDEC website.

  5. Class C operators are not required to pass the online test; they are trained and assessed by a facility’s Class A or B operators.

     

See link for full details on UST operator training: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/102202.html.

 

Links to full text regulation updates for Petroleum Bulk Storage, Chemical Bulk Storage and Used Oil Management are provided at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/98151.htmlWe’ve summarized the regulation updates for Petroleum Bulk Storage, Chemical Bulk Storage and Used Oil Management here.

 

Feel free to contact Jeffrey J. Reed, P.E. at jreed@bartonandloguidice.com or (315) 457-5200 for assistance navigating the NYSDEC Bulk Storage Regulation changes.

 

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