Operator Training

UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Regulations (11 Miss. Admin. Code, Pt. 5, Ch. 2) effective August 25, 2011, require that every UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Compliance Manager and that every manned UST facility shall have a designated and trained UST Operations Clerk on duty at any time petroleum fuel is dispensed.  These regulations were enacted to prevent releases and ensure effective responses occur. All facilities must have trained UST Compliance Managers and UST Operation Clerks.

MDEQ Sponsored Workshops

UST Compliance Workshops will be held May 17, 2018, August 2, 2018, and November 1, 2018.  The workshops will be held at the department’s offices in Jackson, located at 515 E. Amite Street.  The workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. with registration at 8: 45 a.m.  No pre-registration is required.

Please note:  The person attending the workshop must be in a responsible management position and must complete and pass an examination at the end of the workshop.

Training Options for UST Compliance Managers

UST Compliance Managers must successfully complete any one of the MDEQ approved training programs.  Approved training includes:

  • MDEQ examination
    • The MDEQ examination is offered at the MDEQ Office at 515 E. Amite Street in Jackson.  Please call (601) 961-5052 to schedule an appointment for taking the free examination.  The examination is offered at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
    • If the examination is not successfully completed, the examinee may re-schedule the exam no less than 15 days from the date of the exam or the examinee can complete an alternate training program.
  • MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop
    •  A person seeking UST Compliance Manager Certification can attend a regularly scheduled MDEQ UST Compliance Workshop.  Please note the MDEQ UST Compliance Workshops are held typically four times per year.  Call (601) 961-5052 to find out the next available workshop.
  • In-house training
    • Any tank owner can create an in-house training program for UST Compliance Managers.  The in-house training must meet the minimum requirements as specified in the Mississippi Underground Storage Tank Regulations, and the course must be pre-approved by MDEQ.  Please submit a written request and a copy of the in-house training to Mike Pigford, MDEQ, P.O. Box 2261, Jackson, MS, 39225-2261.
  • Reciprocity with another state as long as the owner has at least one active facility in that state

    MDEQ will recognize another state’s UST Class A/B Operator training program as long as:

    • The tank owner operates at least one facility within that state.
    • The designated UST Compliance Manager successfully completed the Class A/B Operator Training.  If the state requires a separate course for Class A Operators and Class B Operators, the designated UST Compliance Manager must have successfully completed both courses .
    • Documentation is provided for the successful completion of the course(s).
    • Documentation of operation within that state.
  • MDEQ Approved Training Courses

    UST Compliance Manager Training

Training Options for UST Operations Clerks

UST Operations Clerks (Class C Operator) must receive training by the designated UST Compliance Manager or a MDEQ approved training course.  The training must provide instruction to properly respond to emergencies involving the operation of the UST system that pose an immediate danger or threat to the public or the environment and properly respond to alarms caused by spills, leaks, or releases from a UST system.

Training Completion

Each facility must have at least one trained UST Compliance Manager.  The UST Compliance Manager is not required to be onsite, but the designated Manager should be the person responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility.

Each manned facility must have at least one trained UST Operations Clerk onsite whenever the UST system is operating.

  • New facilities and new UST Compliance Managers and Operation Clerks
    • Any new designated UST Compliance Manager must be trained within 30 days of assuming UST system compliance responsibilities.
    • Any new UST Operations Clerk must be trained before assuming UST clerk responsibilities such as operation of the dispensers.

MDEQ does not require retraining or continuing education for UST Compliance Managers or UST Operation Clerks unless a facility does not meet significant operational compliance requirements.*  If a facility does not meet significant operational requirements, the tank owner will be required to ensure the UST Compliance Manager is retrained within six months or a new UST Compliance Manager must be selected for the facility.

*NOTE:  Significant Operational Compliance has been defined by EPA to include the following:

  • Release detection method is present
  • Release detection system is operating properly (can detect a release)
  • Release detection method meets performance standards
  • MDEQ has been notified of a suspected release
  • Eight out of 12 months of release detection records are available for the most recent 12 months
  • Spill prevention is present and functional
  • Overfill prevention device is present and operational
  • Repaired tanks and piping were tightness tested within 30 days of repair completion
  • Corrosion protection systems were tested within six months of repair
  • Corrosion protection system is properly operated and maintained
  • Impressed current systems are inspected every 60 days
  • All necessary components are equipped with corrosion protection