Vermont UST Operator Training

UST Operator Training

UST Operator Certification Procedures

Class A/B Operator Training
PASS' Class A/B Operator Training in Vermont is approved thru the Vermont Waste Management Division
Class C Operator Training
In Vermont, Class C training 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.

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

Registration is required for all USTs, except for tanks under 1100 gallons located at a farm or a private residence. USTs at public buildings must register no matter what size.
How to register an underground storage tank:
  • Complete and submit the applicable parts of the UST Form:  Part I, Part IIPart IIIPartIV. The form (s) can be filled out online, but it cannot be saved and submitted online.
  • Pay land recording fee of $10 made payable to the town or city clerk of the town or city where the UST is located.
  •  Mail the form along with the $10 town/city fee to UST Program, 1 National Life Dr-Davis 1, Montpelier VT 05620-3704
How to Permit an underground storage tank:
Permitting is required for all Category One Tanks (COTS): These are underground storage tanks that contain motor fuel and fuel oil for retail sales, backup generators, waste oil storage, and chemical storage.
To register a tank, the only fee is a check for $10 made payable to the Town or City Clerk of the Town or City in which the tank is located. This is a land record fee. An example would be 22 Smith Street, Waterbury, the check would be payable to the Town Clerk of Waterbury. The check is forwarded to the Agency with the completed UST Form. Do not send the check to the Town Clerk. Part 1 of the UST Form is recorded in the land records against the land owner’s name.

Permit fees: $125.00 per tank/per year. A compartmental tank is considered one tank. Make check payable to the Treasurer, State of Vermont.

Example: If a facility is brand new and never had tanks then the fees are $10.00 for the land record fee and $125.00 per tank fee. so there would be one check made out to the town/ city for $10.00 and another check for $125.00 or more(depending on the number of tanks to be permitted) made out to the Treasurer, State of Vermont.
If a Permitted facility is adding another tank(s) the fees are as stated above.
Questions? Contact: June Reilly at 802- 522-0231

Release Reporting

All releases including spills and overfills, that meet any of the following criteria shall be immediately reported to the Secretary by the owner or operator of the underground storage tank system, or by the person or persons exercising control over the underground storage tank system at the time of the release. Reporting is accomplished by calling the Waste Management and Prevention Division at (802) 828-1138, Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or the Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management Division at (800) 641-5005, 24 hours/day.
  1. A release of hazardous material or regulated substance that exceeds 2 gallons;
  2. A release of hazardous material or regulated substance that is less than or equal to 2 gallons and poses a potential or actual threat to human health or the environment; or
  3. A release of hazardous material or regulated substance that equals or exceeds its corresponding reportable quantity under CERCLA as specified under 40 CFR § 302.4.

Release Detection

Release Detection Methods for Tanks
  • Automatic tank gauging (ATG)
  • Interstitial monitoring
  • Secondary containment with interstitial monitoring
  • Manual tank gauging

Financial Responsibility

Financial responsibility shall be established by any one or a combination of the following mechanisms:
  1.   Qualification as a self-insurer, in accordance with 40 CFR § 280.95;
  2.   Guarantee, in accordance with 40 CFR § 280.96;
  3.   Surety bond, in accordance with 40 CFR § 280.98;
  4.   Letter of credit, in accordance with 40 CFR § 280.99;
  5.   Insurance, in accordance with 40 CFR § 280.97; 3-9
  6.  Risk retention pool pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 1939, and in accordance with 40 CFR §280.97;
  7.  Payments to the State Petroleum Cleanup Fund pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 1941 and inaccordance with the fee schedule established in 10 V.S.A. § 1943; or
  8.  Another mechanism approved by the Secretary.

Inspection & Testing Requirements

Every year, UST facility owners/operators must certify to the DEC that each of their facilities is in compliance by completing the Workbook for the Compliance Certification for Underground Storage Tank Facilities.

Delivery Prohibition/Non-Compliance Enforcement

Notice of Alleged Violation issued and must be responded to in writing on a Response Form.

Temporary & Permanent Closure

For UST Tank Closure See the Underground Storage Tank Closure and Site Assesment Requirements by clicking here.