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Learn more about the January 1, 2020, deadline for new testing requirements in the Petroleum Program guidance.
The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee approved an incentive for 2019 effective March 17, 2019. View the document for more details about how to apply.
We updated our Temporary Closure forms for USTs/ASTs and created a new Request for Temporary Closure Extension form.
Please take a moment to retrieve and review these forms on our Tank Compliance page.
Please use the new Notice of Intent to Place Tanks into Temporary Closure forms for both Aboveground and Underground tanks going forward, as well as the Temporary Closure Extension Request form when appropriate. Please discontinue use of the older forms as they may be returned.
Effective January 1, 2020, the majority of work performed on UST systems in Colorado must be conducted by a state-certified Qualified Service Technician. Tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
Individuals who would like to be certified as Qualified Service Technicians must submit an application to OPS with documentation showing he/she passed the PEI Entry-Level Service Technician Training Course and the PEI RP900 exam.
In addition to providing a copy of their current International Code Council (ICC) certificate, individuals applying for state certification as UST installers will be required to provide documentation of having passed the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) RP100 “Recommended Practices for Installation of Underground Liquid Storage Systems” examination.
Effective January 1, 2020, certified Installers will need to renew their ICC certification every two years.
The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee voted to adopt Policy 29, effective March 18, 2019.
Public comments received will be presented for consideration to the Petroleum Storage Tank Committee at their meeting on May 17, 2019.
The revised Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations become effective March 17, 2019, and they include changes to Article 4 for suspected release identification, reporting, and response to better align OPS regulations with EPA regulations.
To aid tank owners/operators in complying with these regulation changes, the Release Discovery and Reporting section of the online Petroleum Guidance will be revised with an updated Release Reporting Process Diagram and an updated diagram of Examples of Suspected Releases.
The Petroleum Program has made updates to the requirements for Tier III and Tier IV closures. We have created a memorandum to describe these updates, so please read it to learn more.
If you have any questions, please contact Rob Herbert at email@example.com or Tom Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the Memorandum →
Beginning in August, the Annual Tank Registration Invoice will include a short compliance self-certification along with a summary of the fees owed. By submitting payment, the owner/operator will acknowledge familiarity with OPS regulatory requirements and agree to make all required records available to OPS for review upon request.
Registration fees can be paid online at colorado.gov/TankRegistration or by check.
If paying by check, it should be made payable to the Division of Oil and Public Safety and mailed to:Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Division of Oil and Public Safety
PO Box 628
Denver, CO 80201-0628
Please include your account number on the check and include a copy of the invoice with your payment to ensure proper credit.
If you have any past due registration fees, the invoice will alert you to call 303-318-8538 to get those paid.
View the sample invoice below to see the new layout.
The Petroleum Program has the authority to use moneys in the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund to provide underground or aboveground storage tank owners and operators who maintain significant operational compliance with incentives in the form of reduced deductibles when upgrading existing tank systems in response to a release.
View the Incentive Program Overview document for more details about how to apply.
OPS is pleased to announce that Recognized Environmental Professionals (REPs) have replaced Individual Listed Consultants effective January 1, 2018. The REP designation better aligns decision-making responsibility between OPS, environmental consultants and responsible parties by identifying environmental consultants who can demonstrate decision-making experience on environmental characterization and remediation projects.
Read the fact sheet below for more information about this change.
Funding is now available to help revitalize petroleum storage tank properties that are not eligible for reimbursement from the Petroleum Storage Tank Fund! Visit the Petroleum Brownfields Program page for more details.
As of January 1, 2018, the limit to submit costs for reimbursement is now three years.
This limit will be further reduced to two years beginning with applications received after January 1, 2020.
Contact Jane Bral at 303-318-8510 or email@example.com if you have any questions.
At the May 19 meeting, the Petroleum Storage Tank Committee (PSTC) voted unanimously to reduce the Reasonable Cost Guideline (RCG) rate for Task and Labor Code (TLC) 6.9 for analysis of BTEX/MTBE/TVPH by EPA Method 8260 from $115 to $65 (or $70 for laboratories with a physical presence in Colorado). This reduced rate will be effective for analysis performed on and after July 1, 2017. In addition, applicants seeking reimbursement from the Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank Fund will need to use laboratories that are nationally accredited.
Earlier this year the PSTC directed OPS to investigate whether rates for TLC 6.9 were excessive, as many laboratories were providing this service for less than half the RCG rate.
The decision to reduce the rate was based on:
TLC 6.9 is the most common analysis performed.