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Rhode Island UST Operator Training

Below you will find summaries of some of the most pertinent topics regarding Rhode Island UST Operator Training

Regulator Details

Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Office of Waste Management UST Program
Department
Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Office of Waste Management UST Program
Contact
Jillian Thompson
Address
235 Promenade Street Providence, RI, RI 02908 5767
Phone
(401) 222-2797
Website
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UST Operator Certification Procedures

Class A/B Operator Training
In Rhode Island, UST System Operators can only be certified after taking and passing the exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC) through Pearson VUE testing centers.  Getting ready for the ICC exam(s) is a three-step process
Step One: Take the PASS ICC Preparatory Course
PASS is the only training provider approved by the ICC to offer preparatory training for the ICC UST/AST operator exams.  These ICC preparatory courses do not include a final exam or provide certification upon completion and is not required to take, but they will provide you with the information and guidance you need to study and prepare for the exams.
 
Step Two: Read the UST/AST Examination Information Bulletin and Prepare Your Reference Materials
First, you should read the UST/AST Examination Information BulletinYou may also call the ICC at 1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 5524 to request a paper copy of the Bulletin.
Pay particular attention to the information on your state’s exams. Specific exam information usually begins around page 24 in the Bulletin, and includes the number of exam questions, the exam fee, the type of exam, and the list of reference materials.

Most ICC UST/AST operator exams are open book, which means that you may take certain documents (called reference materials) with you into the exam room and refer to them during the exam. The ICC, however, has strict requirements about which reference materials you can take into the exam with you and in what format. PASS strongly recommends that you obtain your reference materials well in advance of taking the exam.
Which reference materials do I need? How do I get them?
The reference materials you need are listed in the UST/AST Examination Information Bulletin. They typically include the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) UST regulations (40 CFR §280), the state’s UST regulations (which usually can be found on the state UST program’s website), and one or more of the following EPA publications, any of which can be downloaded here or through a PASS ICC preparatory course.
Your reference materials list may also include publications of the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI), which you must purchase through PEI’s online storeTypically, these include PEI/RP 500 Recommended Practices for Inspection of Motor Fuel Dispensing Equipment and PEI/RP 900 Recommended Practices for Inspection and Maintenance of UST Systems.  You may also be able to purchase these bundled with your state’s other reference materials through the ICC’s online store.
How do I prepare my reference materials? You may take only the reference materials listed in the current UST/AST Examination Information Bulletin with you into the exam. In order to be able to take them into the exam, you should prepare them as follows.
If you do not follow these steps, the Pearson Vue test center personnel will not let you take your materials into the exam room and you will not be able to use them during the exam.
  1. STAPLE OR BIND YOUR MATERIALS.  You may not take loose pages into the exam room, so we recommend that you print the reference materials and either staple them together or place them in a three-ring binder.
  2. MAKE NOTES. You may make notes in your reference materials as long as the notes are in ink and any highlighting is done before you arrive for the exam. For example, you should locate and mark in the reference materials information such as your state’s allowable release detection methods, allowable financial responsibility mechanisms, recordkeeping requirements, operator retraining requirements, etc. This will make it easier to find the information during the exam itself. PASS’ ICC preparatory courses make this easier by giving you rule citations or page numbers keyed to your reference materials.
  3. USE TABS.  You may also use tabs to mark important sections, but these tabs must be permanently attached and not be removable without damage to the page (removable post-it type tabs, for example, would not be allowed).
Step Three:  Schedule Your Exams
ICC exams are offered periodically at Pearson VUE testing centers around your state. When you are ready to take your exams, you can register online at www.pearsonvue.com/icc or by calling Pearson VUE at 1-800-275-8301.

Class C Operator Training
Class A/B operators are responsible for training and certifying their Class C operators. PASS’ Class C operator training meets state and federal operator training requirements, and may be used by Class A/B operators to train their C operators.

Registration & Fees

Owners/operators of all USTs must register their USTs with the DEM by submitting an Underground Storage Tank Registration form.  Owners of registered USTs will receive an invoice for registration fees annually which must be paid within the time frame indicated.  The registration fee is currently $75 per tank per year.  Failure to pay the registration fee in a timely manner may result in the addition of a $35 late fee for each UST.

Release Reporting

Owners/operators must report any suspected or confirmed releases immediately upon discovery to:
  • The appropriate local fire official;
  • The DEM at (401) 222-2797;
  • The DEM 24 hour Emergency Response Hotline at (401) 222-3070; and
  • The local public water supplier in the event that a spill occurs in a public supply watershed or in a wellhead protection area for community water supply wells.

Release Detection

UST owners/operators in Rhode Island may use any of the following methods of release detection.
Single-walled tanks may use:
  • Automatic tank gauging (ATG);
  • Tank tightness testing; or
  • Inventory control.
Double-walled tanks may use:
  • Continuous interstitial monitoring; or
  • Inventory control.

Financial Responsibility

Rhode Island has the following financial responsibility coverage amounts. 
Owners/operators may use any of the following mechanisms to demonstrate financial responsibility.
  • Financial test of self-insurance
  • Corporate guarantee
  • Insurance coverage
  • Surety bond
  • Letter of credit
  • Trust fund
  • Other method approved by the DEM
Owners/operators may also use the Rhode Island Underground Storage Tank Financial Responsibility Fund as a financial responsibility mechanism.

Inspection & Testing Requirements

Under Rhode Island's Environmental Results Program (ERP), every year UST facility owners/operators must certify to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) that each of their UST facilities is in compliance.  This is done by completing the Environmental Results Program Certification Workbook for Underground Storage Tank Facilities and the Compliance Certification Checklist and Forms Booklet (the links here are to the 2016 editions).  The DEM may conduct "before and after" inspections to judge the accuracy of certification and the degree of performance improvements for individual facilities and for sectors as a whole.  The DEM can also use the data to strategically target inspections and compliance assistance efforts, to track results to show success to the public, industry and legislators and, as appropriate, take enforcement action.

Delivery Prohibition/Non-Compliance Enforcement

If a DEM 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 DEM will notify the owner/operator in writing of all violations discovered at the facility.  If the violations have not been corrected within 60 days of the notice, the DEM will determine and record the inventory of petroleum or hazardous materials remaining in each of the USTs located at the facility and affix a red tag to the fill pipe(s) of all USTs located at the facility.  The owner/operator must submit documentation to the DEM that the violations have been corrected and a DEM inspector will verify compliance.  USTs which have not been returned to compliance within 30 days of being red tagged will be placed into temporary closure.  USTs which have not been returned to compliance within 180 days of being red-tagged will be immediately permanently closed.  A list of red-tagged USTs is maintained on the DEM's website.

Temporary & Permanent Closure

Temporary Closure
Temporary closure of UST(s) is intended for short-term suspension of service only and is not for long-term closures or an alternative to permanent closure. Applicants seeking temporary closure must demonstrate that they intend to re-open the facility. Initial Temporary Closure approvals are granted for 180 days and if necessary, a one-time extension for an additional 180 days may be granted. Additional extensions are approved at the discretion of the director and require submittal of a Site Investigation Report (SIR) completed within the past 6 months. A completed Temporary Closure Application must be submitted to DEM 15 days prior to any anticipated temporary closure of any UST regulated under Rule 3.00 of the RI DEM Rules and Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials.

Permanent Closure
The permanent closure process, including application and fee schedule, is governed by the Department of Environmental Management's Regulations for Underground Storage Facilities Used for Petroleum Products and Hazardous Materials, specifically Rule 13. We recommend everyone applying for permanent closure familiarize themselves with these regulations and associated requirements and responsibilities. These regulations can be found online at http://www.dem.ri.gov/pubs/regs/regs/waste/.

Permanent closures may be subject to local town or city requirements in addition to State requirements. Please contact appropriate city or town offices, including the local fire department, prior to submitting the closure application. Please note that the closure application must be signed by an authorized agent of your local fire department.

Recordkeeping

  • Recordkeeping:  All owners/operators of UST facilities shall maintain on the facility premises or at an alternate location approved by the Director, for the period of time specified below, records of the following:

  •  Permanent Records: The following shall be maintained for three years beyond the operational life of the facility:
    • All data used to complete the application for the certificate of registration;
    • All records of modifications or repairs to pipes, fittings or other components of underground storage tank systems;
    • Annual test results of equipment or systems used for leak detection and inventory control;
    • Results of monitoring well checks as referenced in Rules 8.19(D) and 9.18 (C);
    • Records of closure activities;
    • Records of leaks, spills, releases, overfills, site investigations, and remedial response activities taken;
    • Tank and/or line tightness test results including all of the information required in Rule 8.10;
    • All records pertaining to the operation and maintenance of approved corrosion protection methods as required in Rule 8.06 and 8.07;
    • Equipment warranties and manufacturers’ checklists.
  • Routine Record-keeping: The following records shall be maintained for a minimum period of three years from the date made, or for such longer periods as required by the Director in the resolution of enforcement actions:
    •  Records of all calibration and standard maintenance performed
    •  Records of strip charts, electronic recall device and/or manual recordings for any continuous monitoring instrumentation;
    •  Records of monthly tests of continuous monitoring systems as required in Rules 8.15 (E) and 9.17 (E).
    •  Records of Operator’s monthly inspection checklists.
    •  Daily and monthly inventory record keeping, as described in Rule 11.03 below.
    •  Records of annual shear valve tests.
  •  Inventory Control, Record-keeping and Leak Reporting: All product inventory shall be managed in accordance with the following:
    •  Inventory volume for regulated substance inputs (fuel deliveries), withdrawals (amount dispensed), and the amount still remaining in the tank shall be measured and recorded each operating day;
    •  Any unusual occurrences that might affect the inflow, outflow, or volume on hand, shall be recorded each operating day, along with any adjustments that were made to the records.
    •  All inventory gauging equipment shall be capable of measuring the level of product over the full range of the tank’s height to the nearest one-eighth of an inch;
    •  All inputs of regulated substance shall be reconciled with delivery receipts by measurement of the tank inventory volume before and after delivery;
    •  All deliveries shall be made through a drop tube that extends to within six (6) inches of the tank bottom;
    •  Product dispensing shall be metered and recorded within the local standards for meter calibration or an accuracy of six (6) cubic inches for every five (5) gallons of product withdrawn, whichever is more accurate;
    • All tanks shall be gauged for the presence of water in the bottom of the tank at least once each month and a measurement of any water present shall be recorded to the nearest one- eighth of an inch. If the water measurement exceeds 1 inch, then the water is required to be removed;
    •  Inventory records shall include a leak check to reconcile differences in the daily measurement of inflows, outflows, and volume on hand. If the leak check indicates a discrepancy of 1% or more of the flow-through plus 130 gallons on a monthly basis, then the owner/operator shall report such discrepancy in accordance with Rule 12 Leak and Spill Response.
  • Access to Records: The owner/operator shall make available to the Director, upon request, all records which the Director determines may be pertinent to the enforcement of these Rules and Regulations.
  • Change of Ownership: In the event of a change of ownership, records pertaining to the facility shall be transferred in accordance with Rule 16 Transfer of Certificates of Registration or Closure.