Environmental Protection

Tennessee DEC Unveils Tank Helper for UST Owners and Operators

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Underground Storage Tanks, and TN.gov have launched Tennessee Tank Helper, a new training and compliance tool for owners and operators of Tennessee’s fueling facilities.

This online resource generates customized training modules for owners and operators that translate complex underground storage tank rules into simple, easy-to-follow lessons. The service presents tank owners and operators with a training series specific to their facility and/or operator category. The training modules are followed by quizzes for each lesson that test the owner’s knowledge of their tank systems.

After the operator completes the training, Tennessee Tank Helper generates a training certificate as well as a customized, printable compliance plan. This plan guides facility operators through the actions required to stay environmentally safe and in regulatory compliance, based on their individual storage tank system.

Facility owners are able to log-on and designate operators for each of their facilities. They can also view the training status for each of their designated operators to determine their level of compliance.

"This application is a great example of our Division’s capacity to take the guidelines set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency and develop an online tool that is easy to use, conforms to those guidelines, and is available for use 24/7 at no cost to our customers,” said Stan Boyd, director, Underground Storage Division.

Tennessee Tank Helper was built to meet the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which dictates that owners and operators of underground storage tank facilities must be fully trained by Aug. 8, 2012. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 also provides the necessary training elements required in each state by EPA, and this content is reflected in the Tennessee Tank Helper curriculum.

TN.gov is the state of Tennessee's official website and is a collaborative effort between the state of Tennessee and NICUSA Tennessee, part of the eGovernment firm NIC’s family of companies.

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