NYSDEC Announces New Program Policy for Operator Training [US]

On October 21st 2015, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) announced that the final new program policy for operator training under the Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) regulations and Chemical Bulk Storage (CBS) regulations is now available.

Orientation

The document provides guidance on operator training and testing for certain underground storage tank (UST) systems at PBS and CBS facilities in New York.  The final new program policy will become effective on November 20th, 2015.

Maintenance

Under the PBS and CBS regulations, which the NYSDEC revised earlier this year, operators and tank system owners of certain types of UST systems must designate Class A, Class B, and Class C operators to oversee the maintenance of facility tanks.

The new program policy clarifies that any person designated as a Class A or B Operator must pass an exam administered by the NYSDEC or be certified by another state’s operating training program approved by the NYSDEC.  By contrast, Class C operators are not required to possess these credentials but must still be trained by a Class A or B operator.

This information and additional operator certification guidance is contained in the final program policy document, available on NYSDEC’s website at:

http://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/2387.html

The final new program policy will become effective on November 20th, 2015.

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Sources:

Program Policy: DER-40 / Operator Training, Issued on October 9th, 2015.

Notice of Availability of Final New Program Policy for Operator Training (DER-40) as required under the Petroleum Bulk Storage regulations (6 NYCRR Part 613) and Chemical Bulk Storage regulations (6 NYCRR Parts 596-599), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Notice Bulletin, October 21st, 2015.

Sharon Montazeri, New York: NYSDEC Amends Chemical Bulk Storage, Petroleum Bulk Storage, and Used Oil Regulations, Red-on-line USA, October 2nd, 2015.

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