UST Operator Certification Procedures
Class A/B Operator Training
The state of Idaho provides UST Class A/B operator training through Tank Helper
. According to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho A/B operator training consists of the following steps.
- A DEQ inspector visits the facility and identifies and explains each component of the UST system to the operator.
- The operator receives a site-specific management and recordkeeping binder covering only the equipment used at that facility.
- The operator takes the Tank Helper quiz. Upon passing the quiz, the operator receives his or her certification and is registered with the DEQ as a trained operator.
Class C Operator Training
In Idaho, Class A/B operators are responsible for training C operators. This should be done on-site by an A/B operator. They may use our training course and orientation checklist to guide them through Class C operator training.
Registration & Fees
Owners/operators of all USTs must register their USTs with the DEQ within 30 days of bringing that UST into use by submitting a completed Notification for Underground Storage Tanks form
. Whenever any changes are made to the UST system, including change of ownership or change in product stored, a new notification form must be submitted.
UST owners/operators in Idaho may use any of the following methods of release detection:
- Manual tank gauging;
- Automatic tank gauging (ATG);
- Vapor monitoring;
- Interstitial monitoring; or
- Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR).
Idaho follows the federal financial responsibility coverage amounts found in 40 CFR §280.93
(scroll to page 77 of 119 in the pdf document). Owners/operators may use any of the following mechanisms to demonstrate financial responsibility.
- Financial test of self-insurance
- Insurance and risk retention group coverage
- Surety bond
- Letter of credit
- Trust fund
- Stand-by trust fund
Inspection & Testing Requirements
- Operator training;
- Corrosion protection;
- Overfill prevention;
- Spill prevention;
- Tank and piping release detection;
- Financial responsibility
- Reporting of suspected releases;
- Tank and/or piping repairs;
- Secondary containment (where required); and
- Temporary closure.
Delivery Prohibition/Non-Compliance Enforcement
If a DEQ inspector determines that a UST or UST system is out of compliance with UST regulations, he or she may initiate non-compliance enforcement procedures. The owner/operator will be notified in writing prior to prohibiting deliveries and will have the opportunity to appeal. If the owner/operator has not initiated corrective action within 30 days of the issuance of the written warning, the DEQ will notify the owner/operator that the UST is ineligible for delivery, deposit, or acceptance of product. A tamper-proof red tag will be affixed to each ineligible fuel tank's fill pipe. In addition, the UST will be added to the DEQ's online list of ineligible fuel tanks.