The Energy Policy Act of 2005 was passed by Congress. This federal regulation establishes training requirements for operators of Underground Storage Tanks (USTs):
Class A – Person(s) having primary responsibility for on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems (owner or operator of a UST facility)
Class B – Persons having daily on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems
Class C – Daily on-site employees having primary responsibility for addressing emergencies presented by a spill or release from a UST system
When do designated Class A/B and Class C operators need to be trained?
On July 15, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published aFinal Ruleestablishing the requirements for operator training at underground storage tank facilities. This final rule requires that all UST facilities must be in compliance with operator training requirements by October 13, 2018.
The department has updated Chapter 62-761, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), to conform to the federal regulations. See Rule 62-761.350, and subsection 62-761.850(3), F.A.C.
What to do once you’ve completed the training
Print your certificate and keep it with your facility records for inspector verification.
Operator Training Provider Information
Operator Training Providers must be registered with the department in accordance with subsection 62-761.850(3), F.A.C.
Pursuant to subsection 62-761.350, F.A.C., owners or operators shall, by October 13, 2018, identify and designate at least one named individual for each class of operator – Class A, Class B, and Class C for each in-service underground storage tank system facility. Class A and Class B operators must complete a department-approved (registered) operator training course, and the Department Secretary or designee shall issue an order granting or denying the request for approval of all Class A or Class B operator training courses. Class B operators must provide training or ensure that Class C operators are trained in site-specific emergency response procedures for a facility.
Providers of Operator Training requesting to be registered with the department shall submit, in writing or electronic format, documentation that demonstrates the training material meets the requirements contained inChapter 62-761, F.A.C. Any approvals or denials received from other states or countries shall be included in the registration request to the department.
If your company would like to be added to the list of Third-party Training Courses as a registered provider of operator training for the state of Florida, please see Operator Training Provider Registration and submit the registration requirements via email to Tanknotify@dep.state.fl.us, or by mail to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 2600 Blair Stone Road, MS 4560, Tallahassee, FL 32399, ATTN: Zach Barrett, (850-245-8769).
**Please note that all providers of operator training courses or processes will also be required to provide training documentation by providing certificates of training to certified operators.
Third-party Training Courses
The following courses have been registered with the department as third-party online training courses which meet or exceed the department's requirements for Operator Training. The cost of training courses is variable.
Class C Operator Training (For Circle K Employees) Gulf Coast Business Unit 25 W Cedar St, Suite M Pensacola, Florida 32502 Contact: Cheri Robbins Email: CRobbins@CircleK.com Phone: 850-454-1096
Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy
Class A, B, and C Operator Training 225 Schilling Circle Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 Contact: Stephen Tomczewski Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 410-584-7000 Fax: 410-771-1625 The DLA Energy UST Operator Training courses (Class A/B and Class C) will provide information to operators at the Department of Defense (DoD) facility(ies) located in Florida. EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc.
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC
Class A, B, and C Operator Training 225 Schilling Circle Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 Contact: Stephen Tomczewski Email: email@example.com Phone: 410-584-7000 Fax: 410-771-1625
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