Utah UST Operator Training

UST Operator Training

UST Operator Certification Procedures

Class A/B Training
All Class A/B Operators must register with the state and pass the state registration examination every three years.  After completion of the PASS Training Course A/B Operators must fill out the Operator Training Application and provide proof of citizenship, a copy of the PASS Training Certificate, and a $50 registration fee at least 10 days before taking the exam.  Exam dates and times are available by clicking here
For more information on Operator Training Application and Proof of Citizenship requirements, click here.

Class C Operator Training
Our Class C Operator Training in Utah is accepted thru the DERR

All of PASS’ UST operator training courses meet and exceed the federal requirements for UST operator training and are offered through our in-house designed and built Learning Management System (LMS). PASS’ state-specific A/B training courses are custom-tailored to meet state requirements and are accepted by more states than any other training provider.  Our courses are available on-demand, 24/7, and are accessible from any internet-connected computer, tablet, or phone. The student can complete an entire course in a single session or take the course in segments. The training may be stopped and restarted, allowing for maximum schedule flexibility. PASS also does not impose time restrictions on course access, so students may take as much time as they need to complete their training.  Once training is completed a certificate is available to save and print.

Registration & Fees

The Utah Underground Storage Tank (UST) Act requires that owners and operators of regulated petroleum USTs qualify their tanks for and receive a Certificate of Compliance, and keep the tanks in substantial compliance with all UST rules and regulations. It is a violation of the UST Act to operate these USTs without a certificate. New tanks must have a certificate before being put into operation. Fines may be assessed if product or other regulated substance is delivered to or placed into a UST that does not have a Certificate of Compliance.
Comments or Questions? If you have questions, please contact the DERR UST Section at 801-536-4100. Forms and additional information are available on the Utah DERR Web site.
Tank Fees 
Registration Fees
Due annually July 1 or before a Certificate of Compliance can be issued for new, lapsed, or revoked facilities.
  • $110 per TankTanks on the PST Fund
  • $220 per TankTanks not on the PST Fund
    • Tanks that have an alternate Financial Responsibility (FR) mechanism.
    • Tanks whose Certificate of Compliance has lapsed due to non-payment of fees.
    • Tanks whose Certificate of Compliance has been revoked.
  • $300 per TankFee for facilities found to be Significantly Out of Compliance (SOC) with release detection or release prevention for six months or more.
PST Fund Fees
Due annually July 1 or before a Certificate of Compliance can be issued for new, lapsed, or revoked facilities.
  • $150 per TankThroughput declaration form submitted indicating more than 70,000 gallons facility throughput during the prior calendar year.
  • $450 per TankThroughput declaration form submitted indicating less than 70,000 gallons facility throughput during the prior calendar year or no throughput form submitted.
Other Financial Responsibility (FR) Mechanism Fee
For Facilities Using Financial Responsibility Methods Other than the PST Fund
Fee for review of the FR method an owner submits for all the facilities covered by that FR mechanism.
  • $420 per new FR mechanism approval for the first year FR method is used.
  • $240 due July 1 for yearly renewal.
Fee for UST Red Tag Replacement
For when Red Tag is removed without authorization.
  • $500 per Tag
Recertification Fee
  • $300 per Facility Fee for re-admission to PST fund or re-qualify for a certificate of compliance after a lapse or revoke.

Release Reporting

Reporting a Release from Underground Storage Tanks
Some of the information may not be known, this is common. The person taking the phone call at the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) will assist you with any questions you have. DERR 801-536-4100.
Information Needed as Complete as Possible
  • Facility ID (7 digit numbers that may begin with a zero used to identify facilities with UST's).
  • The name and address of the facility where the UST release is being reported.
  • The name, company, and telephone of the person reporting the release of the UST (anonymous is acceptable, but a name is helpful if further information is needed).

Release Detection

Release Detection Methods for Tanks
  • Automatic tank gauging (ATG)
  • Interstitial monitoring
  • Secondary containment with interstitial monitoring
  • Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR)
  • Manual tank gauging
  • Vapor monitoring
  • Groundwater monitoring
  • Inventory Control with Tank tightness testing

Inspection & Testing Requirements

State UST inspectors will conduct periodic inspections of all UST facilities.

Delivery Prohibition/Non-Compliance Enforcement

Red tag is is given when certificate of compliance has lapsed or cannot be given.  DERR issues a certificate of compliance every year, which owner has to apply for.

Temporary & Permanent Closure

Temporary Closure
When To Temporarily Close
  • Seasonal use tanks which are only in operation during part of the year
  • Tanks are not in operation, but the owner has not decided to permanently close them
The steps you are required to take depends on how long your tank has been temporarily closed and whether or not it meets federal upgrade requirements:
Less than Three Months
  • Operate and maintain cathodic protection (if any).
  • Operate and maintain leak detection (if any) or empty the tank to less than one inch of product.
Three Months or More
  • Operate and maintain cathodic protection (if any).
  • Operate and maintain leak detection (if any) or empty the tank to less than one inch of product.
  • Submit a Temporary Closure Notice.
  • Leave vent lines open but cap and secure all other lines, pumps, manways and ancillary equipment.
  • If the tank meets federal upgrade requirements and you continue to maintain corrosion protection and leak detection then the tank can remain temporarily closed indefinitely.
Permanent Closure
Regulated tanks that do not meet federal upgrade requirements must be permanently closed. Permanent closure entails the removal of the tank from the ground or if approved by the local fire department and Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR), filling it in place with a chemically inactive solid, like sand or cement slurry.
  • Contract with a Utah Certified Tank Remover.
  • File a Closure Plan, and obtain approval.
  • Notify the local fire department, local health department and DERR 72 hours prior to closing the tank.
  • Close the tank either by removing it or by filling it with an inert substance, like sand or cement slurry.
  • Have a Utah Certified Soil/Groundwater Sampler collect the necessary environmental samples and have them analyzed at a certified laboratory.
  • If contamination is present, the owner/operator and/or the certified person must notify the DERR within 24 hours.
  • Submit the Closure Notice with the sample analytical results within 90 days of closure.
Closure Plan
A completed closure plan must be submitted by the owner/operator and approved before commencing closure of the tank. A contractor may complete the closure plan, however, the owner/operator is responsible for compliance with all rules and regulations. Information on the closure plan include:
  • Facility and Owner name and address.
  • Tank information: tank id, date installed, capacity, substance stored, date last operated and whether it will be removed, closed in place or changed in service from a regulated tank to a non-regulated tank.
  • Tank Remover and Soil/Groundwater Sampler's name, company, certification number and expiration date.
  • Disposal information for the tank, piping, sludge, rinse water, contaminated soil and groundwater, if any.
  • Site map, drawn to scale, with the tank, piping, dispensers, sampling locations, buildings, fences, property boundaries, utility conduits (sewer, gas, water, storm drains, electrical, etc) clearly labeled.
  • Signed by the tank owner.
Once approved the closure plan is valid for one year. Changes to an approved plan must be submitted in writing to DERR and approved before closing the tank. A copy of the approved closure plan must be on-site during closure activities.
Closure Notice
Within 90 days of closing the tank, the owner/operator must submit the following:
  • Completed closure notice form, signed by the owner/operator and the certified soil/groundwater sampler.
  • Updated site map and sample information table with the actual depths and locations of all soil and water samples, including depth of groundwater.
  • Analytical results of the samples.
  • Chain of Custody Form, which tracks the samples from the time they were collected until they were delivered to the laboratory.