UST Training Requirements

Recent regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require NPS concessioners who operate federally-regulated underground storage tank (UST) systems to comply with state-specific UST operator training requirements and meet training deadlines. Information on state UST training programs can be difficult to find. The UST Training List provides a listing of states by NPS region with information on each state's UST operator training program.

The EPA developed minimum training guidelines for UST operators in 2007 as required by the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005 (USTCA). The USTCA requires that states develop their own UST operator training programs based on the EPA guidelines. States are required to develop operator training regulations by August 8, 2009, and ensure that all classes of operators are trained no later than August 8, 2012. Concessioners are required to comply with all federal and state UST regulations including training.

As of March 2011, most states have adopted or are in the process of developing operator training regulations. States must adopt the minimum training requirements outlined in the EPA guidelines; however, many states are including additional requirements that go above and beyond the EPA guidelines. In addition, a few states have set earlier training deadlines, some of which have already passed. The attached spreadsheet provides current information collected on state UST training programs. Concessioners should be reminded, however, that they are each responsible for complying with federal and state regulations and for obtaining the most current and up-to-date information on their requirements including UST training.

If you have any questions regarding UST training or any other concession environmental compliance matter, please contact Maurice West, Concession Audit Coordinator at 303-987-6710.