Underground Storage Tank Operations: Examining Real-Life Issues To Figure Out How EPA And DOT/PHMSA Regulations Apply

Webinar: ID# 1025075
Recorded On-Demand
About This Course:
When it comes to proper underground storage tank compliance, knowing which federal agency has jurisdiction over your USTs isn’t always a cut-and-dry answer.

The EPA and DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations for USTs are complex and difficult to put into practice. The determining factor of whether EPA or DOT/PHMSA regulations govern a UST’s operations is the tank’s purpose, which means it’s vital for EHS managers to understand how tank usage dictates federal compliance obligations.

For example: If a UST is not used for transportation related reasons, it will generally be regulated under the EPA’s spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) rules, federal UST rules, and if applicable, state UST regulations. If a UST is part of a transportation-related onshore facility, it will generally be regulated by PHMSA. However, there are cases when both the EPA and the DOT/PHMSA rules apply, which can create confusion and lead to issues of noncompliance and costly fines.

Join us for a detailed analysis of when and where EPA SPCC and federal UST regulations and/or DOT PHMSA regulations apply. Our presenter will provide real-life examples illustrating when these regulations should and should not take affect within an organization.

You’ll learn:
  • The main ways in which the EPA DOT/PHMSA regulations apply to USTs
  • Steps for analyzing which regulations apply to your UST(s)
  • Scenarios illustrating the tricky types of issues you need to prepare for when deciding which regulations apply
  • Exemptions and exceptions that may apply to your UST(s)
  • Key terms to master, including:
    • Breakout tanks
    • Pipeline surge relief systems
    • Reinjection
    • Continued transportation

  • How to review your UST compliance program to determine if you are following the correct regulations
  • Examples of when state regulations may come into play
  • How “complex” facilities should apply UST regulations, including possibility of Coast Guard oversight
About Your Presenter:

Michael Lawrence
Summit Safety Technologies

Michael Lawrence is principal of Summit Safety Technologies based in Long Beach, California. Lawrence is an accomplished safety and environmental manager, technical trainer, and training manager, and has been training adult workers and safety and environmental professionals for many years. He is a frequent speaker and is recognized for his expert knowledge of safety and environmental regulations, management systems, and effective training in the workplace.

Mr. Lawrence has over 30 years’ experience in safety and environmental management, technical training, instructional design, and quality management, with skills that were honed during his 16 years in the semiconductor manufacturing industry, 14 years in Naval Aviation, and 6 years as an independent consultant. This experience includes many years in electronics technology and maintenance management.

With over three decades of experience as a frontline worker, supervisor, manager, and business owner, he brings a refreshing down-to-earth approach in the effective sharing of knowledge and experience.
Underground Storage Tank Operations: Examining Real-Life Issues To Figure Out How EPA And DOT/PHMSA Regulations Apply
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