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Learn more about the January 1, 2020, deadline for new testing requirements in the Petroleum Program guidance.
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As underground storage tank (UST) owners test their spill buckets in advance of the January 1, 2020 deadline, OPS is becoming aware of challenges with contractor scheduling and equipment supplies. As a result, OPS is allowing up to 15 days following a failed spill bucket test for a tank owner to complete the necessary spill bucket repair or replacement. If repairs cannot be made after 15 days, either by chemical or mechanical means, delivery prohibition will be invoked. Additionally, OPS reserves the right to apply delivery prohibition in particularly high-risk situations.
If a spill bucket fails an integrity test by visual inspection, hydrotest, or vacuum test, the tank owner must do the following:
1. Report the failed spill bucket test as a confirmed release to the OPS Technical Assistance Line at 303-318-8547 within 24 hours.
2. Review the Spill Prevention Equipment Repair Guidance and schedule spill bucket repair or replacement as soon as possible in order to avoid potential environmental contamination and delivery prohibition.
3. Schedule an environmental site assessment to fulfill the requirements of the request from OPS for a Site Characterization Report. Consider that assessment directly under the spill bucket is only possible if the bucket is going to be replaced.
4. Notify OPS of the results of the repair/replacement and followup integrity test results using the Minor Equipment Repair Form.
The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee (PSTC) approved changes to the Reasonable Cost Guidelines (RCGs) that were proposed by OPS staff at the May 17, 2019 PSTC meeting. Subsequently, OPS received feedback from the REP Peer Group regarding the continuous soil sampling requirement included for drilling Task and Labor Code 2.1.
As pointed out by the REP Peer Group, the continuous soil sampling requirement was not included in the previous RCG proposal presented at the March 15, 2019 PSTC meeting. Therefore, the opportunity for stakeholder comment was not provided regarding the continuous soil sampling requirement. In addition, there are instances where continuous soil sampling is not technically feasible or necessary (e.g., bedrock lithology; deep water table; distal POC wells). As a result the continuous soil sampling requirement has been removed from Task and Labor Code 2.1, and Task and Labor Code 2.99 has been restored to utilize as needed for continuous soil sampling costs.
However, as also pointed out by the REP Peer Group and specified in the Site Characterization Soil Sampling section of the OPS Petroleum Guidance, soil borings and monitoring wells in source areas should be continuously sampled when technically feasible. Employing 5-foot soil sample intervals is discouraged when defining the extent and distribution of contamination in source areas because it will create data gaps by design. The success of a corrective action plan is dependent on an effective site characterization, which includes delineating source areas, characterizing heterogeneity (high flux vs. mass storage zones), and identifying targeted treatment areas requiring remediation.
The 2019 RCG changes will be reflected in Version 2.1 of the Corrective Action Plan Report, effective July 1, 2019.
Below is the EPA notice about the final steps of the State Program Approval process for our Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank regulations. If you would like to make comments, please see the attachment for further information.
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.
The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee voted to adopt Policy 29, effective March 18, 2019.
The revised Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations became 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.
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.
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 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.
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 Jennifer Petropulos at 303-318-8554 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.