Virgin Islands UST Operator Training | Class A/B & C

UST training in the U.S. Virgin Islands is required by federal law and is intended to ensure that those who own and operate underground storage tanks understand how to operate and maintain UST systems properly.

As required by the EPA, all UST operators must be trained by October 13, 2018. After this date, new Class A and B operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming duties. Class C operators must be trained before assuming duties. This applies to the entire territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands.

In 2015, the EPA revised the UST regulations which includes minimum training requirements for owners and operators of UST systems. Training is required per operator class:

  • Class A training is required for person(s) having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems (owner or operator of a UST facility).
  • Class B training is required for persons involved with daily on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems.
  • Class C training is required for daily on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from a UST system.

U.S. Virgin Islands UST Operator Training Courses

Virgin Islands UST Class A/B Operator Training

Virgin Islands Class A operators have primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of a UST facility. This individual is generally the owner of the station or the designee. For large corporations, this person is the manager or designee responsible for tank operations.

Virgin Islands Class B operators have responsibility for the day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and record keeping of a UST facility. This individual (or individuals) is generally the owner or the person/company contracted by the owner to maintain the tanks. For large corporations, this person is the employee, or person/company contracted by the corporation to maintain the tanks.

Description

The UST Class A/B operator training course is presented in chapters. Each chapter utilizes multimedia to enrich the learning experience. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the quiz feedback redirects the student to the correct course information.

In addition to the quizzes, the UST Class A/B operator training course includes a final exam of 100 questions, 80% of which must be answered correctly in order to print a certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students can complete the entire course in a single session (approximately 4 hours plus exam time) or take the course in segments.

Duration: 4 hours

Purpose & Objective

The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination.

Class A operators must be trained how to manage resources and personnel; maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations; ensure that required records are kept; and that operators at the facility are trained to respond to releases, spills, and other emergencies.

Class B operators must be trained how to meet recordkeeping and reporting requirements; ensure that equipment complies with industry standards; and train personnel to properly respond to emergencies caused by releases or spills.

By combining Class A and Class B operator training into a single test, important employee cross-training is achieved.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Operator Overview
    This chapter describes the primary responsibilities of the Class A, Class B, and Class C operator. It also includes the training requirements for each class of operator.
  • Chapter 2: System and Components
    This chapter seeks to raise environmental awareness as well as clearly communicate a fundamental comprehension of UST systems. Components covered include secondary containment, emergency shut-off valves, vapor recovery, tank materials, and piping materials. A download of UST terminology is available here.
  • Chapter 3: Release Detection
    This chapter emphasizes release detection methods. Equipment testing, the analysis of test results, as well as monitoring of the UST system are addressed in this chapter. Release detection methods covered include automatic tank gauging (ATG), inventory control, secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR), manual tank gauging, vacuum monitoring, soil vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and tank tightness testing. Release detection methods for piping, such as electronic and manual line leak detectors, are also discussed.
  • Chapter 4: Release Prevention
    This chapter prompts the trainee to be proactive in preventing spills and releases. It covers the system components that are designed to prevent corrosion, spills, and overfills. These include spill buckets and sumps as well as sacrificial anode and impressed current cathodic systems, overfill protection valves, overfill alarms, and ball float valves. Secondary containment as well as alarms and warnings are covered in this chapter. An EPA Correct Filling Checklist is available for download.
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Response
    The focus of this chapter is preparation for a release and initial response actions. Topics include recognizing warning signs of a leak, maintaining spill kits, knowing the location of the Emergency Stop button, and posting emergency contact information. Critical attention is given to clean-up and release reporting requirements, including sensitive receptor protection and state notification requirements.
  • Chapter 6: Financial Responsibility/Financial Documents
    Owners and operators of petroleum USTs must demonstrate financial responsibility for bodily injury and property damage caused by spill and releases. This chapter covers financial responsibility statutes and financial assurance mechanisms as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
  • Chapter 7: Registration and Installation
    This chapter discusses required documentation and reporting. Topics include tank permits, registration and administrative documents, and UST installation requirements.
  • Chapter 8: Inspection and Closure
    UST testing and inspection requirements are covered in this chapter. Delivery prohibition and temporary and permanent tank closures are also addressed.

End of Course Instructions

Print a copy of your completion certificate for your employer and records. You may also login and reprint your certificate at any time.

Virgin Islands UST Class C Operator Training

Virgin Islands Class C Operators are the first responders to emergency situations at a UST facility – like a gas station or convenience store. These individuals are usually the clerks of a facility.

Class C Operators monitor fuel deliveries to the tanks; control and/or monitor the dispensing or sale of regulated substances; and respond to alarms, releases, and other emergency situations.

Course Description

The UST Class C operator training course consists of seven chapters. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz. Once a student has completed all chapters and quizzes, the learner will be directed to print out a course checklist.

The course is instructed through a student orientation tour of a mock facility, where a manager (or Class B Operator) will identify and explain each topic and then mark them off a checklist when completed. When the checklist has been completed, the student can then print the UST Class C operator certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students may take as much time as needed to complete their training.

Duration: 1 hour

Purpose & Objective

The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination.

Class C operators must be trained how to respond to emergencies (such as situations posing an immediate danger or threat to the public or to the environment and that require immediate action) and alarms caused by spills or releases from an underground storage tank system.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Facility Overview
    This chapter provides a basic overview of the primary components of a typical UST facility. These components include the USTs, manways, spill buckets, fuel dispensers, and dispenser nozzles.
  • Chapter 2: Monitoring
    This chapter emphasizes the components used to monitor a UST facility. Students will learn what an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is and does, how to interpret its alarms and warnings, and what to do in case of an alarm. The role of line leak detectors is also discussed.
  • Chapter 3: Environmental
    In this chapter, students learn about sensitive receptors, or places where a fuel spill may leave the facility and enter the environment. The chapter also introduces students to the spill kit and its contents, and how to use spill kit components to contain spills threatening sensitive receptors like curb breaks and drains.
  • Chapter 4: Fueling Rules
    The focus of this chapter is fuel delivery safety. Students will watch a short video on proper fueling procedures. Students also learn about hazards at the fueling point, including smoking, static electricity, leaving a vehicle unattended while fueling, and leaving a vehicle running while fueling.
  • Chapter 5: Delivery Procedures
    This chapter teaches the student how to supervise a fuel delivery and monitor for problems during a fuel delivery. Additional emphasis is placed on the ATG and on overfill prevention devices like overfill prevention valves and ball float valves. Delivery prohibitions are also addressed.
  • Chapter 6: Safety
    This chapter covers safety information every Class C Operator needs to respond to emergencies. Included here is a video explaining when and how to use a fire extinguisher. The Emergency Stop and All Stop buttons are identified and discussed.
  • Chapter 7: Emergency Situations
    This chapter discusses common emergency situations and proper responses to them, including what to do if a vehicle leaves the facility with the nozzle still in the vehicle’s fuel spout. Managing customer traffic in the event of a spill is also covered. Correct fire extinguisher operation is reviewed.
  • Chapter 8: Final Checklist
    Review and complete the checklist to complete your training

End of Course Instructions

Print a copy of your completion certificate for your employer and records. You may also login and reprint your certificate at any time.

Virgin Islands UST State Agency & Regulations

The U.S. Virgin Islands – Department of Planning & Natural Resources – Underground Storage Tank Program regulates the installation and operation of underground storage tank systems and oversees cleanup at sites impacted by eligible leaking tanks to protect the Virgin Island’s land and groundwater from contamination.

Agency Link: http://dpnr.vi.gov/environmental-protection/underground-storage-tanks/

UST Training in the U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands Underground Storage Tank Program aims to protect groundwater resources by regulating underground storage tank systems pursuant to the Virgin Islands Underground Storage Tank Act (USTA) which was enacted in May 2000. The primary goal of the program is to prevent and also detect the presence of any contamination of soils and groundwater from USTs within the territory. Local and Federal regulations mandate all UST owners/operators to perform monthly leak detection monitoring, obtaining financial responsibility, report suspected releases, conduct investigation for suspected releases, and implement corrective action for confirmed contamination.

Virgin Islands – Rules and Regulations – Title 12 – Chapter 16. Underground Storage Tanks. Section 654-32 – Operator Training

(c) The owner or operator of an underground storage tank system or group of underground storage tank systems at a facility must designate persons who will serve as Class A. Class B, and Class C operators.

(g) All Class A, Class B. and Class C operators must be trained according to the requirements of this section within one year of the effective date of these regulations. Operators must be trained as follows:

  1. Class A and Class B operators must be trained within 30 days after assuming operation and maintenance responsibilities at the UST system.
  2. Class C operators must be trained before assuming responsibility for responding to emergencies.

(h) Verification. Owners and operators must maintain proof of Class A. Class 13. and Class C operator training and compliance on-site and present it to the Department or its agent during each inspection and when requested.

Retraining Requirements

(b) All persons subject to the requirements for operator training contained in this section shall:.

  1. Meet the training requirements of this section at least once every three years; and
  2. Repeat the applicable training requirements of this section if the tank for which they have primary daily on-site management responsibilities is determined to be out of compliance with a requirement of these regulations. This retraining requirement applies to both Class A and Class B operators responsible for a noncompliant UST system.
    • Retraining must occur within 30 days of the discovery of noncompliance.
    • Retraining must include the areas in which the UST for which the operator was responsible was found to be noncompliant.

References:

UST/LUST/Fund Program
U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Environmental Protection
Department of Planning and Natural Resources
Nisky Center 231
45A Estate Nisky
Charlotte Amalie
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00802
Phone: (809) 774-3320

UST/LUST/Fund Program:

Web: http://dpnr.vi.gov/environmental-protection/underground-storage-tanks/

UST Training Course Info

U.S. Virgin Islands UST Operator training courses meet federal requirements for UST training.

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U.S. Virgin Islands UST Operator Training
Class A/B
  – 4hrs
Price: $150.00

U.S. Virgin Islands UST Operator Training
Class C
1 hr
Price: $10.00

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