UST Program - Advisory Panel
In response to the Governor Wilsonís order the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) convened the first meeting to establish the panel on November 4, 1997. Present at the meeting were representatives from industry, water agencies, and local government. During this meeting nominations were made and the general direction of the panel was established.
After all of the nominations were in and the invitations sent out, the first formal meeting of the panel took place on December 17, 1997. At this time the panel members divided into two working groups, the Underground Storage Tank (UST) work group and the Marina work group. These groups subdivided into six smaller teams and from there established a scope of work, tasks, and a time line in which their work would be completed.
following teams were formed:
UST Team 1 is conducting an equipment-specific inquiry of all UST equipment and components. They will focus on prevention of oxygenate releases from UST systems by examining whether the materials of the UST systems and their components may be compromised, by permeability or compatibility, by MTBE and other oxygenates.
UST Team 2 will review petroleum release sites with MTBE contamination in the soil and groundwater and look for specific problems associated with the UST system. These problems may be associated with installation, components, monitoring, maintenance, or operation of the UST system which meet the 1998 federal and state upgrade requirements.
UST Team 3 will be using the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Information System (LUSTIS) as well as incorporating current data, provided by local agencies, to investigate the ability of the upgraded systems to prevent leaks into the environment. Questions such as: How was the leak detected?, How extensive was the problem when it was discovered?, and how did this leak occur?, will be addressed by the work group.
Marina Team 1 is researching the use of floating fuel systems and will give recommendations for system design and construction, overfill protection, and monitoring standards of floating fuel containment and delivery systems.
Marina Team 2 will research and make recommendations on construction, design, and monitoring of shore to dock, dock to dispenser, and under dispenser piping at marina facilities.
The Marina Team 3 will research and make recommendations on fuel dispenser nozzles, vessel system construction, best management practices at marina facilities, and boater education.
On January 13, 1998 the Marina Work Groups invited manufacturers of piping (Advanced Polymer Technology, Total Containment, and Environ) and monitoring equipment (Raychem, and EBW Inc.) to present their products as possible alternatives to current marina construction. All companies were not able to attend but did send literature on their products. In addition, presentations were made by panel members on the topic of current marina construction, materials, monitoring, and fuel dispensing as well as the floating fuel tank option. Four presentations were made on the current study of MTBE surveys on drinking water lakes. A report was prepared on the topics presented at the meeting.
On the following day, January 14, 1998, the Marina Work Groups met to discuss what had been presented at the information exchange and decide where to go from there. At this point the Water Agencies expressed a concern with emissions from water craft introducing MTBE into the drinking water bodies.
On January 20, 1998 UST Team 2 held a teleconference to discuss scope of work and site criteria for the project.
On February 2, 1998 UST Team 3 met to discuss the survey design.
On February 2, 1998 the Marina Team 2 held a teleconference to discuss piping at marinas.
On February 9, 1998 UST Team 1 held a conference call to discuss their draft survey that will be sent out to equipment manufacturers.
On February 17, 1998 the Marina Work Group met to share information and prepare for the Panel meeting the next day. California Air Resources Board was invited to attend the meeting and share information relating to the refueling of water craft with respect to emission standards. In addition, a representative from the Shasta Co. Fire Dept. was invited to participate in the Marina Work Group.
On February 18, 1998 the panel met at the SWRCB Board Room and update presentations were given.
On March 12, 1998 UST Team 2 met in Sunnyvale to discuss sites and strategy.
On March 13, 1998 the UST Team 3 sent out two surveys requesting information from local agencies regarding leaking UST sites reported to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank Information System (LUSTIS).
On March 18, 1998 the SWRCB issued Local Guidance (LG) 152 in order to clarify the existing requirements for marina piping. The LG outlines the requirements for aboveground piping that is part of an underground storage tank system.
Work Group, Team 4 - Vessel Emissions was added to the
The Marina Work Group Team 4 will gather information from currently ongoing studies on emissions from new 2-stoke and 4-stoke engines used by water craft.
On March 18, 1998 the Marina Work Group met at the SWRCB offices to develop a scope of work for the Marina Team 4 - Vessel Emissions and work in their respective groups. Due to the lack of representation of the water agencies the Vessel Emissions team was unable to proceed and was rescheduled until the next meeting of the Marina Working Groups.
On March 19, 1998 members from UST Team 2 met with the operators, Regional Board and local agency representatives, and the environmental consultants of an upgraded site in Corning.
On April 1, 1998 UST Team 2 members went to the County of Napaís UST office to gather information on Upgraded UST leaking sites in that county. The search only gave the team one good lead, and a few others that will have to be confirmed.
On April 21, 1998 the Marina Work Group met and a presentation was given by Underwriters Laboratories on equipment that has been approved for application at marinas. Several equipment manufacturers were also present to share information on their products.
On April 21, 1998 the survey for UST Team 1 was mailed out to over 200 equipment manufacturers.
On April 22, 1998 the panel met at the SWRCB T Street office for updates on the UST and Marina Work Groupís progress.
On May 13, 1998 the Marina Work Group met to work on their draft report.
On May 18, 1998 the UST Team 1 held a teleconference to discuss the responses received to date and the database in which the information will be stored.
On June 1, 1998 the UST Team 1 held a teleconference with Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) regarding collecting information on oxygenate compatibility and permeability from MTBE producers.
On June 12, 1998 the UST Team 1 met at the SWRCB office to review the surveys received, make follow-up calls, and review industry standards.
On June 16, 1998 the Marina Work Group met to work on their draft report.
On June 23, 1998 panel met at the SWRCB Board Room for updates on the UST and Marina Work Groupís progress. The Marina Work Groupís draft report was reviewed and discussed. Additional comments will be taken in to account over the next few weeks and the next draft is due out in July. Santa Clara Valley Water District presented a study they are proposing that would look at new UST sites.
During the month of July, staff at the SWRCB has devoted time to collecting data for Team 3ís project.
During the month of July UST Team 2 will be holding a meeting to review files for 10 potentially upgraded sites to decide if further investigation is warranted and schedule dates and team members for site visits.
data for UST Teams 1 and 3 are being entered into databases.