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2005 Federal Energy Act Requirements Now in Effect in Illinois

As of August 8, 2012, changes to UST regulations based on requirements in the 2005 Energy Act federal legislation are in effect. New requirements affecting owners/operators of UST sites are in each paragraph:

A, B and C Operators must be trained and certified, using Illinois OSFM approved training vendors. These vendors are listed at Operator Training Provider List as of 08/29/2014. Failure to comply with this requirement constitutes a violation of OSFM regulations and will result in a Notice Of Violation. Copies of operator certificates must be kept at the facility and be available to OSFM inspectors within 30 minutes of requesting the reports. Facilities can list their Operators on our form: List of Designated Class A/B & C Operators Form [PDF, 1MB].

A/B operators assigned to facilities must complete Quarterly Equipment Inspection Checklist Reports. The OSFM report form is at Quarterly Equipment Inspection Checklist/Operation & Maintenance Guidelines Form Updated 6-17-13 [PDF, 117Kb]. This report must be done quarterly, and eventually reports for 2 years must be on site or be made available to OSFM inspectors within 30 minutes.

A/B operators assigned to a facility, in conjunction with the facility's owners, must create a facility-specific Operations and Maintenance Plan, signed off on by both the A/B operator and the owner, updated as changes to the facility warrant, and kept for the life of the facility. The Operations and Maintenance Plan must be available to OSFM inspectors within 30 minutes of requesting the document during an inspection of the facility. The Plan must contain these 3 components:

1. A detailed plan showing what inspections, operations, testing, maintenance and recordkeeping shall be done on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis in accordance with OSFM rules.
2. A description of the manner in which UST facility owners and operators properly dispose of any regulated substances collected or cleaned up at the facility, including any water or soil removed from any part of the UST when there is any indication it might be contaminated with a regulated substance.
3. The facility's Emergency Response Procedures including:

- procedures for overfill protection during delivery of regulated substances
- operation of emergency shut-off systems
- appropriate responses to all alarms
- reporting of leaks, spills and releases
- site-specific emergency procedures
- the name and other information needed for contacting appropriate parties if a leak, spill, release or alarm occurs

See our PDF forms for theOperations and Maintenance Plan Form, O&M Parts 1&2 Updated 7-29-13 [PDF, 135Kb] and the Emergency Response Procedures Form, O&M Part 3 [PDF, 1MB].

At a manned facility, a Class A, Class B or Class C Operator must be onsite at all times. For unmanned facilities, emergency contact information for Class A, B and C Operators, including names and telephone numbers, shall be conspicuously posted at the facility unless a toll-free number for 24 hour dispatch to the facility is prominently displayed at the facility.

Additional questions can be directed to OSFM inspectors during their facility inspections, or by calling our Springfield office at (217) 785-1020 and asking for the Petroleum & Chemical Safety Division.

Application for OSFM Approval of UST Operator Training Courses in Illinois

OSFM will still accept applications for approval of UST Operator Training courses. Any trainer seeking to market its course to UST Operators in Illinois, or make it available to employees of defined groups, must have its course approved by the OSFM in advance. No Illinois UST Operator will get credit for taking training courses not approved by the OSFM. The application for OSFM approval, along with lists of the required minimum course contents, are attached below. Trainers seeking course approval should first contact Fred Schneller in the Division of Petroleum and Chemical Safety of the OSFM at (217) 557-3131 or email the UST Manager, . The time required to earn OSFM course approval will vary, depending on which type of course is being applied for, as well as Division activities. Factors also affecting the time it will take to approval are how fully completed the applications are, and how closely prospective trainers follow appropriate course Guidelines for content and curriculum. Contact information for trainers with approved courses will be posted on the OSFM website upon OSFM course approval.

Trainer Application [PDF, 1MB)
Trainer A.B Curriculum [PDF, 1MB]
Trainer C Curriculum [PDF, 1MB]

Final Adoption of Illinois UST Regulations

Title 41, Chapter I, Part 174, General Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks[PDF, 138kb]
Title 41, Chapter I, Part 175, Technical Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks[PDF, 453kb]
Title 41, Chapter I, Part 176, Administrative Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks[PDF, 253kb]
Title 41, Chapter I, Part 177, Compliance Certification for Underground Storage Tanks[PDF, 24kb]

Links to Forms to Assist with New Regulations