Nebraska UST Operator Training | Class A/B & C

UST training in Nebraska is required by federal law and is intended to ensure that those who own and operate underground storage tanks understand how to operate and maintain UST systems properly.

As required by the EPA, all UST operators must be trained by October 13, 2018. After this date, new Class A and B operators must be trained within 30 days of assuming duties. Class C operators must be trained before assuming duties. This applies to the entire state of Nebraska as well as other states.

In 2015, the EPA revised the UST regulations which includes minimum training requirements for owners and operators of UST systems. Training is required per operator class:

  • Class A training is required for person(s) having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems (owner or operator of a UST facility).
  • Class B training is required for persons involved with daily on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems.
  • Class C training is required for daily on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from a UST system.

Nebraska UST Operator Training Courses

Nebraska UST Class A/B Operator Training

Nebraska Class A operators have primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of a UST facility. This individual is generally the owner of the station or the designee. For large corporations, this person is the manager or designee responsible for tank operations.

Nebraska Class B operators have responsibility for the day-to-day aspects of operating, maintaining, and record keeping of a UST facility. This individual (or individuals) is generally the owner or the person/company contracted by the owner to maintain the tanks. For large corporations, this person is the employee, or person/company contracted by the corporation to maintain the tanks.

Description

The UST Class A/B operator training course is presented in chapters. Each chapter utilizes multimedia to enrich the learning experience. Each chapter is followed by a quiz. If the student answers a quiz question incorrectly, the quiz feedback redirects the student to the correct course information.

In addition to the quizzes, the UST Class A/B operator training course includes a final exam of 100 questions, 80% of which must be answered correctly in order to print a certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students can complete the entire course in a single session (approximately 4 hours plus exam time) or take the course in segments.

Duration: 4 hours

Purpose & Objective

The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination.

Class A operators must be trained how to manage resources and personnel; maintain compliance with federal, state, and local regulations; ensure that required records are kept; and that operators at the facility are trained to respond to releases, spills, and other emergencies.

Class B operators must be trained how to meet recordkeeping and reporting requirements; ensure that equipment complies with industry standards; and train personnel to properly respond to emergencies caused by releases or spills.

By combining Class A and Class B operator training into a single test, important employee cross-training is achieved.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Operator Overview
    This chapter describes the primary responsibilities of the Class A, Class B, and Class C operator. It also includes the training requirements for each class of operator.
  • Chapter 2: System and Components
    This chapter seeks to raise environmental awareness as well as clearly communicate a fundamental comprehension of UST systems. Components covered include secondary containment, emergency shut-off valves, vapor recovery, tank materials, and piping materials. A download of UST terminology is available here.
  • Chapter 3: Release Detection
    This chapter emphasizes release detection methods. Equipment testing, the analysis of test results, as well as monitoring of the UST system are addressed in this chapter. Release detection methods covered include automatic tank gauging (ATG), inventory control, secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, statistical inventory reconciliation (SIR), manual tank gauging, vacuum monitoring, soil vapor monitoring, groundwater monitoring, and tank tightness testing. Release detection methods for piping, such as electronic and manual line leak detectors, are also discussed.
  • Chapter 4: Release Prevention
    This chapter prompts the trainee to be proactive in preventing spills and releases. It covers the system components that are designed to prevent corrosion, spills, and overfills. These include spill buckets and sumps as well as sacrificial anode and impressed current cathodic systems, overfill protection valves, overfill alarms, and ball float valves. Secondary containment as well as alarms and warnings are covered in this chapter. An EPA Correct Filling Checklist is available for download.
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Response
    The focus of this chapter is preparation for a release and initial response actions. Topics include recognizing warning signs of a leak, maintaining spill kits, knowing the location of the Emergency Stop button, and posting emergency contact information. Critical attention is given to clean-up and release reporting requirements, including sensitive receptor protection and state notification requirements.
  • Chapter 6: Financial Responsibility/Financial Documents
    Owners and operators of petroleum USTs must demonstrate financial responsibility for bodily injury and property damage caused by spill and releases. This chapter covers financial responsibility statutes and financial assurance mechanisms as well as recordkeeping and reporting requirements.
  • Chapter 7: Registration and Installation
    This chapter discusses required documentation and reporting. Topics include tank permits, registration and administrative documents, and UST installation requirements.
  • Chapter 8: Inspection and Closure
    UST testing and inspection requirements are covered in this chapter. Delivery prohibition and temporary and permanent tank closures are also addressed.

End of Course Instructions

Print a copy of your completion certificate for your employer and records. You may also login and reprint your certificate at any time.

Nebraska UST Class C Operator Training

Nebraska Class C Operators are the first responders to emergency situations at a UST facility – like a gas station or convenience store. These individuals are usually the clerks of a facility.

Class C Operators monitor fuel deliveries to the tanks; control and/or monitor the dispensing or sale of regulated substances; and respond to alarms, releases, and other emergency situations.

Course Description

The UST Class C operator training course consists of seven chapters. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz. Once a student has completed all chapters and quizzes, the learner will be directed to print out a course checklist.

The course is instructed through a student orientation tour of a mock facility, where a manager (or Class B Operator) will identify and explain each topic and then mark them off a checklist when completed. When the checklist has been completed, the student can then print the UST Class C operator certificate.

There is not any time restriction to access the course, so students may take as much time as needed to complete their training.

Duration: 1 hour

Purpose & Objective

The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Training Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination.

Class C operators must be trained how to respond to emergencies (such as situations posing an immediate danger or threat to the public or to the environment and that require immediate action) and alarms caused by spills or releases from an underground storage tank system.

Course Outline

  • Chapter 1: Facility Overview
    This chapter provides a basic overview of the primary components of a typical UST facility. These components include the USTs, manways, spill buckets, fuel dispensers, and dispenser nozzles.
  • Chapter 2: Monitoring
    This chapter emphasizes the components used to monitor a UST facility. Students will learn what an Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is and does, how to interpret its alarms and warnings, and what to do in case of an alarm. The role of line leak detectors is also discussed.
  • Chapter 3: Environmental
    In this chapter, students learn about sensitive receptors, or places where a fuel spill may leave the facility and enter the environment. The chapter also introduces students to the spill kit and its contents, and how to use spill kit components to contain spills threatening sensitive receptors like curb breaks and drains.
  • Chapter 4: Fueling Rules
    The focus of this chapter is fuel delivery safety. Students will watch a short video on proper fueling procedures. Students also learn about hazards at the fueling point, including smoking, static electricity, leaving a vehicle unattended while fueling, and leaving a vehicle running while fueling.
  • Chapter 5: Delivery Procedures
    This chapter teaches the student how to supervise a fuel delivery and monitor for problems during a fuel delivery. Additional emphasis is placed on the ATG and on overfill prevention devices like overfill prevention valves and ball float valves. Delivery prohibitions are also addressed.
  • Chapter 6: Safety
    This chapter covers safety information every Class C Operator needs to respond to emergencies. Included here is a video explaining when and how to use a fire extinguisher. The Emergency Stop and All Stop buttons are identified and discussed.
  • Chapter 7: Emergency Situations
    This chapter discusses common emergency situations and proper responses to them, including what to do if a vehicle leaves the facility with the nozzle still in the vehicle’s fuel spout. Managing customer traffic in the event of a spill is also covered. Correct fire extinguisher operation is reviewed.
  • Chapter 8: Final Checklist
    Review and complete the checklist to complete your training

End of Course Instructions

Print a copy of your completion certificate for your employer and records. You may also login and reprint your certificate at any time.

Nebraska UST State Agency & Regulations

The Nebraska State Fire Marshal – Fuels Division – Flammable Liquids Storage Tank Section – Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program has been designated to protect public health and the environment through oversight, investigation and cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination caused by releases from USTs.

Agency Link: http://www.sfm.state.ne.us/programs-services/fuels/flst/ust.html

UST Training in Nebraska
The Nebraska State Fire Marshall (SFM) designated all UST operators must have been trained by December 31, 2015. The Flammable Liquids Storage Tanks (FLST) section of the Fuels Division has several responsibilities regarding aboveground and underground fuel tanks. These responsibilities include:

  • The registration and inspection of underground petroleum and hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • The registration of aboveground hazardous substance storage tanks in accordance with Title 158.
  • Issuance of permits to install and remove underground storage tanks in accordance with Title 159.
  • Issuance of permits to install aboveground petroleum storage tanks in accordance with Title 153, Chapter 17.
  • Licensing of contractors and certification of individuals to do underground storage tank work in accordance with Title 159, Chapter 3.

The state is divided into seven inspection areas – West, Southwest, Central, Northeast, South Central, East, and Southeast. In addition to these areas nine delegated authority cities/areas also inspect tanks and issue permits in their jurisdiction – Bellevue, Grand Island, LaVista/Papillion, Lincoln, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff.

001. REQUIREMENT OF DESIGNATION AND TRAINING UST OPERATORS

  • 001.01. An owner or operator shall designate Class A, Class B, and Class C operators for each underground storage tank system or facility that has underground storage tanks regulated by the State Fire Marshal, except for unstaffed facilities for which only Class A and B operators shall be designated. A person may be designated for more than one class of operator.
  • 001.02. Designated operators must successfully complete required training no later than December 31, 2015.

008. DOCUMENTATION OF OPERATOR TRAINING BY OWNERS

  • 008.01. The owner of an underground storage tank facility shall maintain a list of designated operators. The list shall be made available to the State Fire Marshal upon request. The list shall represent the current Class A, Class B and Class C operators for each underground storage tank facility

Nebraska was granted state program approval (SPA) in 2002.

Retraining Requirements
007.01. Class A and Class B operators shall be retrained every five (5) years. Class C operators shall be retrained every three (3) years. All shall be retrained in the same manner as the original training required in Chapter 13.

007.02. In addition to the retraining requirement, if an UST system is found to be out of compliance, the State Fire Marshal may require retraining of the designated Class A, Class B or Class C operator under a plan approved by the State Fire Marshal. The retraining must occur within 60 days from the State Fire Marshal notice for Class A or Class B operators and within 15 days for Class C operators.

Voluntary refresher training is encouraged to ensure operator is up-to-date with current regulations and procedures.

References:

UST Program
Nebraska State Fire Marshal
Fuels Division
Flammable Liquids Storage Tank Section
246 South 14th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508-1804

Phone: 402-471-9465
Fax: 402-471-3118

UST Program: http://www.sfm.state.ne.us/programs-services/fuels/flst/ust.html

LUST Program
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
Petroleum Remediation Program
1200 N Street
Suite 400
Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68590

Phone: 402-471-2186
Fax: 402-471-2909

LUST Program: http://www.sfm.nebraska.gov/

Fund Program
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
Water Quality Division
Petroleum Remediation Program
Petroleum Release Remedial Action Reimbursement Fund
1200 N Street
Suite 400
Lincoln, NE 68509

Phone: 402-471-2186
Fax: 402-471-2909

Fund Program: http://www.deq.state.ne.us/

UST Training Course Info

Nebraska UST Operator training courses meet federal requirements for UST training.

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Nebraska UST Operator Training
Class A/B
  – 4hrs
Price: $150.00

Nebraska UST Operator Training
Class C
1 hr
Price: $10.00

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