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Frequently Asked Questions
 
  • What is Underground Storage Tank Operator Training?
    Underground Storage Tank (UST) Operator Training is a federal requirement that was part of the Energy Act of 2005. The Energy Act required that all states develop state-specific training requirements for all UST system operators. On May 26, 2010, House Bill 1294, or the Underground Storage Facility Operator Training Act (Operator Training Act) was enacted, thus amending RSA 146-C to include requirements for all New Hampshire UST operators.
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  • What facilities does the Operator Training Act apply to?
    The Operator Training Act applies to the owner of any underground storage facility that is regulated by the state of New Hampshire. This includes any tank having an individual capacity of greater than 110 gallons that stores a regulated substance. Home heating oil tanks are exempt from regulation. Also exempt are facilities having no tank with a storage capacity of more than 1,100 gallons that is used solely for the storage of on-premise-use heating oil.
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  • What are kind of Operator’s are there and what are their primary responsibilities?
    The Class A operator is the individual designated by the owner to have primary statutory and regulatory responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the facility. This may be the owner of the facility, or the person that is currently managing the tanks for the facility.
    The Class B operator is the individual designated by the owner to implement applicable regulatory requirements and implement the daily aspects of the operation, maintenance, and recordkeeping for the facility. This may be the maintenance person, contractor, or consultant for the facility.
    The Class C operator is the individual designated by the owner to have primary responsibility for responding to alarms, emergencies presented by spills or releases, and other problems associated with the operation of the facility. This may be a maintenance person on site, a store manager, or someone else who’s primary job duties occur on site.
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  • Who needs to be Operator Trained at each facility?
    Every motor fuel and heating oil UST facility owner is required to have a Class A, B and C operator designated for each facility. By what date must facilities be in compliance with the Operator Training Act? By August 8, 2012 no facility can operate without designated Class A, B and C operators who have been properly trained and certified.
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  • By what date must facilities be in compliance with the Operator Training Act?
    By August 8, 2012 no facility can operate without designated Class A, B and C operators who have been properly trained and certified.
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  • Where can Operators get certified?
    The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) currently offers an Underground Storage Tank Operator Training Class that will certify you as both a Class A and B operator. If you have a current certification as an underground storage facility operator by the International Code Council (ICC), you are sufficiently trained as a Class A operator. If you have current certification as an underground storage facility system installer or retrofitter by the ICC, you are sufficiently trained as a Class B operator. Other potential training programs will be available as they are approved by DES. Class C operators can take an approved Class C training program, or be provided with training by the facility designated Class A or B operator.
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  • Where can I get more information on the Operator Training Program?
    For more information on the Operator Training Program, upcoming class dates, or other information regarding underground storage tanks, please contact Suzanne Connelly at suzanne.connelly@des.nh.gov or (603) 271-0673.
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