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NEW Certification Training Now Available for Hawaii!

We are happy to announce the addition of our newest UST Class A/B Operator Certification Training for the state of Hawaii! 

This course has been reviewed and approved by the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and successful completion of this training will award UST Class A/B operator certification in the state of Hawaii.

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In this 9 module training program, you will learn critical compliance information required to perform your job as a certified UST Class A/B operator in the state of Hawaii. Module topics include:

  • UST Operator Training Requirements
    • State requirements
    • Operator responsibilities
    • Facility and training record requirements
  • Underground Storage Tanks
    • What tanks qualify as USTs
    • Common construction materials
    • Product compatibility and requirements
    • Tank venting
    • Secondary Containment
    • Sumps
  • Spill and Overfill Prevention
    • Correct filling practices
    • Spill prevention equipment and requirements
    • Overfill protection devices
    • Prevention requirements
  • Release Detection
    • Automatic tank gauging (ATG) systems and regulatory requirements
    • ATG monthly leak tests
    • Inventory control and common problems
    • Monitoring devices
    • Under-dispenser containment (UDC)
    • Release detection requirements
    • Spill detection inspections
  • Corrosion Control
    • Corrosion protection requirements
    • Cathodic protection, testing and recordkeeping
    • Interior lining
  • UST Financial Requirements
    • Demonstrating financial responsibility
    • UST financial responsibility categories
    • Required dollar amount of financial responsibility
    • Required scope of coverage
    • General recordkeeping/reporting requirements
    • When coverage is no longer necessary
  • Temporary and Permanent Tank Closure
    • Delivery prohibition programs
    • Closing a tank temporarily and permanently
  • Emergency Response
    • UST release response
    • Identifying and responding to suspected releases
    • Short and long-term actions
    • Spill containment materials
    • Steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
    • Spills reaching water
    • Large spills
  • Recordkeeping and Reporting
    • Importance of recordkeeping
    • Recordkeeping requirements

Plus much more!

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Reduce your risk of noncompliance.

Get your Hawaii UST Class A/B Certification today.

And be sure to check out our catalog of all UST state-certified and preparatory training programs:

Violation Notice

FIFRA violations lead to settlement for Delaware company

EPA Settles Pesticide Worker Protection Case With C&S Farms of Laurel, Delaware

PHILADELPHIA (June 15, 2020) – C&S Farms, Inc. of Laurel, Delaware, will pay a $25,000 penalty as part of a settlement over alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) related to pesticide safety requirements for agricultural workers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

EPA cited C&S for allegedly failing to comply with FIFRA’s agriculture Worker Protection Standard which requires the display of pesticide and safety information for agricultural workers and for allegedly failing to provide decontamination supplies to employees who worked in pesticide-treated areas.

FIFRA is designed to protect both the public and workers from harmful pesticide exposure and injuries. Through worker safety, training, informational and other safeguards, FIFRA’s Worker Protection Standards offers occupational protection to more than two million agricultural workers and pesticide handlers who work at more than 600,000 agricultural establishments.

Fewer pesticide-related injuries means a healthier workforce and fewer lost wages, medical expenses and absences from work and school.

You can read the full article on EPA’s site here.

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Do you know about our Pesticide Awareness training? In this course, you’ll learn the major federal pesticide laws, best management practices when mixing pesticides, how to properly store and dispose of pesticides, and what to expect during an inspection.

Through proper training, you can keep yourself and others safe. Check it out now:

World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day 2020!

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5th. It’s a day to raise awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Our daily lives all rely on our environment; the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breath, and our climate all make our planet habitable. Increasing awareness for its protection not only helps the earth, it helps us. And now more than ever, it’s time to protect everyone.

The theme in 2020 is “Celebrate Biodiversity” and with 1 million species facing extinction, there has never been a more important time to focus on biodiversity.

Celebrate the day with a plan of action to learn, grow and protect our planet.

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Customer Feedback

What is the Navy saying about their ECATTS training system?

We are always happy to receive feedback on any of our compliance training, especially when it’s this positive! Thanks to our wonderful Navy clients in our ECATTS government division for these great reviews. We strive to provide the best training experience possible for all of our customers.

See what they have to say about their ECATTS environmental compliance training:

“Bravo…Superb Training”

“I love [ECATTS]. Best training ever, and the tests make it so you actually learn.”

“Very interesting training. Information will be useful in the future. Definitely benefited.”

“Keep up the great work.”

“Excellent testing format, it was easy to navigate and follow.”

“Good and very informative.”

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“Thanks for being environmentally aware.”

April 22 is Earth Day!

Tomorrow is Earth Day 2020, which marks the 50th anniversary of this world-wide event developed to bring awareness and support for the protection of our natural environment.

The theme this year is climate change, a big challenge with big opportunities. Climate change “represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.”

People all around the world can celebrate Earth Day, even from the safety of their own homes, because earthday.org is going digital. There, you can learn about virtual Earth Day activities and watch LIVE online for special messages and performances.

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Whether you’re one person, or leading a larger organization, there are ways to make a difference. Happy Earth Day!

New Course

NEW: UST Class C certification training for Illinois now available

Great news for our UST training catalog!

We have recently added the state of Illinois to our UST Class C training curriculum. This brand new UST Class C operator training has been reviewed and approved by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshall.

Successfully completing this training will award a certificate which grants UST Class C operator certification in the state of Illinois.

Completing this training will also provide certification in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Mississippi. For all other states, this course should only be used as a reference (and will not award certification). In many states (PA, TX, VA, etc.) the only way to become Class C certified is to be trained by a certified Class A/B operator.

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UST Class C Operator Training Program

(5 modules)

In this training program, you’ll learn important topics for UST operators such as:

Introduction to Class C Operators:
  • Class C operator responsibilities & certification
  • Operator requirements and training records
  • and more
UST System Components:
  • What is an underground storage tank
  • The primary parts of a pump dispenser
  • Spill prevention equipment
  • Safeguard and emergency shut off devices
  • and more
Spill and Overfill Prevention:
  • Main sources of UST releases
  • How to be prepared for an emergency
  • Correct filling practices
  • and more
Emergency Response:
  • Release monitoring
  • Common causes of spills and releases
  • What to do in case of an emergency
  • and more
Cleanup:
  • Spill containment materials
  • Basic steps to follow when responding to a petroleum spill
  • Washing down spills
  • and more

View Training Details Now!

And make sure to check out all of our other UST Class A/B operator certification and preparatory training programs too! 

Are you reducing your risk for spills?

EPA order enforces spill prevention safeguards at Tangier, Va. Fuel Storage Facility

PHILADELPHIA (April 15, 2020) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Tangier Oil Company, Inc. has agreed to take actions to reduce the risks of spills of fuel oils into the Chesapeake Bay. These actions will address the company’s alleged environmental violations at a fuel storage distribution facility that the company operates in the Tangier Harbor in Virginia.

The Tangier Oil facility, which transfers oil to and from docked vessels, has an aboveground oil storage capacity of 150,360 gallons — including six 20,000-gallon and three 10,000-gallon storage tanks for diesel fuel, gasoline, and kerosene. 

EPA’s Administrative Order on Consent with the company addresses violations of the Clean Water Act’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) requirements. The alleged violations included:

  • Failure to have secondary containment around bulk storage tanks that is adequate to contain oil leaks;
  • Failure to comply with inspection requirements;
  • Failure to develop and implement oil spill preparedness and response training; and,
  • Failure to develop and fully implement a program of facility response drills and exercises.

In entering into this consent order, the Tangier Oil Company neither admitted or denied these violations but agreed to take actions on a specified timetable including: submitting a revised SPCC plan and FRP; remedying deficiencies in the facility’s secondary containment; hiring an independent consultant to evaluate and remedy any deficiencies associated with the integrity of oil storage tanks/equipment; and implementing mandatory employee training, drills and exercises.

What precautions are you taking to reduce your risk of spills? Environmental violations can lead to costly fines as well as bad press for your company.

Be prepared. Get the training you need before violations occur. Check out our spill prevention training courses now and keep yourself and your company safe.

Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC)

This training course covers:

  • What a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan is
  • SPCC training requirements and goals
  • What types of oils are covered by the SPCC program
  • Spill prevention and planning requirements
  • Ways to prevent or minimize the potential for spills
  • What are secondary containment and diversionary structures
  • Operations, equipment, and processes which have a potential to cause a spill
  • Basic spill response expectations
  • How to respond to an emergency involving serious injury
  • How to response to a non-emergency spill
  • Reporting incidental shop spills
  • Reporting requirements
  • Accidental sewage discharges
  • What to do if you discover an underground storage tank (UST) leak
  • Secondary containment system drainage procedures
  • Fuel delivery and grease trap pumping best management practices (BMPs)
  • Other oil-filled process equipment

Spill Response

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This training course includes:

  • How to minimize the potential for spills
  • Operations, equipment, and processes likely to encounter a spill
  • How secondary containment is used to protect the environment
  • Proper fuel delivery procedures
  • What to do if a spill occurs at your jobsite
  • What to do if a spill has caused an emergency situation
  • Reporting incidental shop spills
  • The appropriate action to take following an accidental sewage discharge
  • What to do if you discover a storage tank leak
Earth hour

“Switch Off” for Earth Hour this Saturday, 3/28

With all the uncertainty going on in the world right now, this year’s Earth Hour gives us a good opportunity for a global, collective pause. A pause to reflect on the impacts our lives make on our planet, such as the increasing demands for food, water and energy. These all have a direct affect on our wildlife and our environment.

This year, Earth Hour encourages a time to “switch off.” Turning off your lights for 1 hour shows a commitment to the conservation and protection of our earth. Although very much apart right now, this worldwide event can bring us together in spirit to show our support in saving our planet.

March 28, 2020

8:30 pm (your local time)

Learn more about this event from WWF and get some good tips of how to participate… in the dark!

Given the unprecedented circumstances, WWF advises participants to join Earth Hour at home or online following CDC guidelines. People can participate in Earth Hour this March 28th at 8:30 pm local time by turning off their lights for one hour to show solidarity and support for protecting our natural environments. In the past, millions of people and places have participated. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever that we take a collective pause and use this time to reflect, evolve and strengthen our relationship with ourselves, with each other and with nature.

Here are some ideas you might enjoy while reflecting on your personal commitments to fighting climate change and protecting our forests, rivers, oceans, and wildlife. WWF designed these with current social distancing policies in mind.

Things to do in the dark

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Go ‘green’ in your living space with some indoor gardening projects.
Exercise your green thumb by making a terrarium, or create some Macrame Plant Hangers for herbs and succulents. If you’re feeling adventurous, try branching out and creating a living plant wall (materials can be ordered online). Set yourself up for action beyond Earth Hour, and create a compost bin for your kitchen to reduce food waste at home.

Host a virtual in-the-dark dinner party for you and your friends.
Invite your friends to dinner via video chat to share 2020 environmental goals. Consider challenging each other to get creative with locally sourced ingredients where possible. Eating by candlelight adds to the ambiance!

Play some games.
Take a stab at one of WWF’s Wild Classroom quizzes. You can also download WWF’s free-flowing river app to learn the impacts of infrastructure on our world’s rivers.

Work up a sweat. Exercise the body and mind by candlelight.
Gather your friends for a virtual candlelight workout. Try anything from an intense HIIT circuit to restorative yoga. In your cool downtime, reflect on ways you can bring your commitment to biodiversity and nature beyond Earth Hour.

Pamper yourself. Self-care is key.
Anxiety can be overwhelming sometimes, especially recently. It’s important to prioritize self-care so that you stay relaxed, motivated, and energized to do the most you can for the planet and for society. Take a candlelit bath infused with essential oils and Epsom salts—making a conscious decision to relax will rejuvenate you.

Take a collective pause and reflect.
Earth Hour is a perfect time to think about everything you’ve already done to help the planet and brainstorm ways in which you can do even more. Create a vision board with your environmental goals, and think about practical ways to fulfill them.



To view the full article from WWF, visit https://www.worldwildlife.org/stories/earth-hour-in-an-uncertain-time?utm_campaign=earth-hour&utm_medium=social&utm_content=photo&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR3x17Lr3W4qWmldro_65XwGaLRqssUby_68wCaGDf6h849N6m6WKvrht6Q

Save on Environmental Compliance

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Get 10% OFF now – 3/27 on all your environmental and safety training. 

During this time of uncertainty, ‘social distancing’ has become the norm for many businesses with a push to stay and even work from home. With this comes a good opportunity to get the compliance training you need with our easily accessible, online courses available anytime, anyplace. Even from the comfort of your own home. 

Keep yourself and your business safe, and free from violations and fines. We’ll make it even easier by giving you an extra 10% off all your training. 

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EPA Releases List of Disinfectants To Use Against Coronavirus

The coronavirus is a hot topic of conversation these days. As it continues to grow and span countries, people are becoming more mindful of things they can do to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. The good news is that coronaviruses are ‘enveloped viruses,’ which means they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill when using the correct disinfectant products like the commonly known Lysol, Purell, and Clorox to name a few. The EPA has also just released a full list of disinfectants to protect against the spread of these germs. In addition to hand washing, using these listed disinfectants correctly can reduce or prevent the spread of illness, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.”

While there is still much to learn, we can take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread and keep ourselves safe. Read more from the EPA and check out the full list of disinfectants through their link below:

“Products appearing on EPA’s list registered disinfectant products have qualified for use against COVID-19 through the agency’s Emerging Viral Pathogen program. This program allows product manufacturers to provide EPA with data, even in advance of an outbreak, that shows their products are effective against harder-to-kill viruses than SARS-CoV-2. It also allows additional communications intended to inform the public about the utility of these products against the emerging pathogen in the most expeditious manner.

Coronaviruses are enveloped viruses, meaning they are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product. Consumers using these disinfectants on an enveloped emerging virus should follow the directions for use on the product’s master label, paying close attention to the contact time for the product on the treated surface (i.e., how long the disinfectant should remain on the surface).”

View the full EPA list now: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-03/documents/sars-cov-2-list_03-03-2020.pdf

To visit EPA’s site directly and read more, visit: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2