EPA mandates training on marina storage tanks

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring marina owners that have an underground storage tank on their property to undergo training by August 2012 or face penalties for being out of compliance with regulatory requirements, the Association of Marina Industries reports.

To date, 34 states have put training requirements in place and the others are working on their programs. Because states are interpreting federal guidelines, the requirements will vary according to where the business is located.

Marina personnel must contact their state EPA or the Office of Underground Storage Tanks to find out how to comply, the association said.

“This rule is not dictated by size of [underground storage tanks]. If you have one, you must do the training,” AMI said. “The purpose of the training is to ensure those working with and around USTs understand the operation and maintenance recommendations for their tanks. Topics include spill prevention, leak detection, emergency response and record keeping. This is not the same as the requirements for Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans.”

The type of training can include online, classroom, onsite or a combination of all. Nearly all programs will require a final exam that must be passed for an employee to get a certificate of training.

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