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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: June 16, 2010
CONTACT: Matthew Jones, (603) 271-0673

DES to Provide Underground Storage Tank Operator Training
New law for owners and operators of underground storage facilities in New Hampshire

Concord, NH – A new state law went into effect May 26 requiring owners of New Hampshire regulated motor and fuel oil underground storage tank facilities to assign designated A, B, and C operators who have been trained and certified by a New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services approved training program. DES is offering one of the approved A and B operator training programs, with the next class scheduled for July.

The law requires all facilities to have at least one designated operator for each class. Class A operators will be designated by owners to have primary statutory and regulatory responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the facility. This class of operator could potentially be the facility owner or person in charge of the tank system. Class B operators will be designated by owners to implement applicable regulatory requirements as well as the daily aspects of the facility’s operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping.A maintenance person, an underground storage tank contractor, or consultant could potentially fill this class. Class C operators will be designated by the owner to have primary responsibility for responding to alarms, emergencies presented by spills or releases, and other problem associated with the operation of the facility. A store manager or maintenance person could potentially fill this class. Owners must designate the Class A and B operators to DES and post a list of Class C operators at their facility by August 8, 2012.

Currently, operators can attend the DES Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Class for training and certification as both Class A and B operators (see the schedule below). Operators who have current certification with the International Code Council as an underground storage facility operator or underground storage facility system installer or retrofitter can also be considered Class A and B operators, respectively. Those trained and certified as Class A or B operators will be eligible to train Class C operators at their facilities. More training options for all operators will become available as DES receives submissions for operator training program approval.

For more information on the Operator Training Program or to sign up for future Operator Training classes, please contact Matt Jones, Underground Storage Facility Operator Training Program Coordinator, at Matthew.Jones@des.nh.gov or by calling (603) 271-0673.

Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Schedule

Location: NHDES at 29 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH

Dates:
July 20, 2010
August 25, 2010
October 19, 2010
November 16, 2010
January 14, 2011
February 23, 2011
March 29, 2011
April 20, 2011
May 18, 2011
June 15, 2011

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