|UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks – Operator Training|
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Regulations (11 Miss. Admin. Code, Pt. 5, Ch. 2) effective August 25, 2011 require that every UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Compliance Manager and that every manned UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Operations Clerk on duty at any time petroleum fuel is dispensed. These regulations were enacted to prevent releases and ensure effective responses occur when releases do occur to safeguard the health, safety, and welfare of present and future generations of Mississippians. All facilities must have trained UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks by August 8, 2012.
MDEQ sponsored workshop
The next available MDEQ sponsored workshop will be held at the Department's offices in Jackson, Mississippi. Our office is located at 700 North State Street. The workshop will be held on September 12, 2013, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 1:00 p.m. We request participants to arrive by 8:45 a.m. for registration purposes.
Please note: The person attending the workshop must be in a responsible management position and must complete and pass an examination at the end of the workshop.
Options for training for UST Compliance Managers
UST Compliance Managers must successful complete any one of the MDEQ approved training programs. Approved training include:
MDEQ approved training courses
MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop
In-house training recognized by MDEQ
A person seeking UST Compliance Manager Certification can attend a regularly scheduled MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop. Please note the MDEQ UST Compliance Workshops are held typically four times per year. Contact (601) 961-5117 to find out the next available workshop.
Reciprocity with another state as long as the owner has at least one (1) active facility in that state
Any tank owner can create an in-house training program for UST Compliance Managers. The in-house training must meet the minimum requirements as specified in the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Regulations effective August 25, 2011 AND the course must be pre-approved by MDEQ. Please submit a written request and a copy of the in-house training to Lynn Chambers, MDEQ, P.O. Box 2261, Jackson, MS 39225-2261, e-mail: Lynn_Chambers@deq.state.ms.us
Options for Training for UST Operations Clerks
UST Operations Clerks (Class C Operator) must receive training by the designated UST Compliance Manager or a MDEQ approved training course. The training must provide instruction to properly respond to emergencies involving the operation of the UST system that pose an immediate danger or threat to the public or the environment and properly respond to alarms caused by spills, leaks or releases from an UST system.
Trained by the designated UST Compliance Manager
UST Compliance Managers must ensure that the UST Operation Clerks can:
MDEQ Approved Training Courses
Toll-free number: 888.302.4875
- locate all emergency shutoffs and the emergency phone numbers list
- understand how to operate all emergency shutoffs, fire extinguishers, spill kits, and tank monitor alarms and warnings
- respond to an emergency and alarms
Tait Environmental Services, Inc.
701 N. Parkcenter Drive
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Contact: Andy Tait
Titan Management Group, LLC
1006 Flagpole Ct, Suite 104
Brentwood, TN 37027
Contact: Rob Boughton
Titan offers an online C-training course integrated with automated tracking and reporting of that training.
Contact: Ben Thomas
When must training be completed:
August 8, 2012 for existing underground storage tank facilities
After August 8, 2012 for new facilities and new UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks
- any new designated UST Compliance Manager must be trained within 30 days of assuming UST system compliance responsibilities
- any new UST Operations Clerk must be trained before assuming UST clerk responsibilities such as operation of the dispensers
MDEQ does not require retraining or continuing education for UST Compliance Managers or UST Operation Clerks unless a facility does not meet significant operational compliance requirements *. If a facility does not meet significant operations requirements, the tank owner will be required to ensure the UST Compliance Manager is retrained within 6 months or a new UST Compliance Manager must be selected for the facility.
* NOTE: Significant Operational Compliance has been defined by EPA to include the following:
· Release detection method is present
· Release detection system is operating properly (can detect a release)
· Release detection method meets performance standards
· MDEQ has been notified of a suspected release
· 8 out of 12 months of release detection records are available for the most
recent 12 months
· Spill prevention is present and functional
· Overfill prevention device is present and operational
· Repaired tanks and piping were tightness tested within 30 days of repair
· CP systems were tested within 6 months of repair
· Corrosion Protection system is properly operated and maintained
· Impressed current systems are inspected every 60 days
· All necessary components are equipped with corrosion protection