Changes to the tables of approved methods for groundwater analysis in all UST Section corrective action guidelines (see memo)
Changes have been made to the tables which present the approved methods for groundwater analysis and sample containers/preservation in all of the five UST Section corrective action guidelines, effective from December 1, 2013. The changes were required because sample preparation for analysis of metals (chromium and lead) in groundwater by Standard Method 3030C, “Preliminary Treatment for Acid-Extractable Metals”, is no longer required. The basic preparation requirements of 3030C for determination of total metal concentration in unfiltered samples are incorporated in current analytical methods from sources listed in 15A NCAC 2L .0112 and 2L .0413. The water quality memorandum dated May 13, 2013 describes the current policy developed by the Division of Water Resources for metals determination.
Updated Approval for One-time Fuel Delivery during installs
Guidelines - One Time Fuel Drop at Install for Ballasting
Guidelines - One Time Fuel Drop at Install for Testing
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NONCOMMERCIAL FUND CLAIMANTS AND CONSULTANTS/CONTRACTORS
Status of Noncommercial Cleanup Fund Reimbursements
All noncommercial claims approved through October 15, 2013 have been paid. At this time, funds appropriated by the General Assembly in July 2013 have been expended. The existing recurring revenue source will provide reimbursement of approximately six to ten claims per month and all additional claim payments will be deferred until money is available for payment. All claims are reimbursed in the order of approval. Deferral times can be expected to increase at an accumulating rate of at least two to three months per calendar month.
Updated Inoperative CP Procedures
Procedures for UST systems with inoperative or failed corrosion protection systems
Updated UST Form
UST-6F/23B, Triennial UST Containment Sump/UDC Integrity Testing
New UST system permitting process and Updated UST Forms
Implementation Plan for Streamlining the permitting of New UST Systems
Instructions for completing UST-6, Application to Install or Replace USTs
UST-6, Application to Install or Replace USTs (Pre/Post-Installation)
Micro-Purge or No Purge sampling Memo
Effective August 15, 2013, the UST Section has determined that Micro-Purge or No Purge sampling procedures for collection of groundwater samples is acceptable in specific and limited circumstances. Micro-Purge or No Purge sampling may be performed only when
1. it is necessary to keep purge volumes to an absolute minimum; and
2. when site hydrogeology is well understood, with respect to hydraulic conductivity within the well screen interval and the hydraulic conductivity is sufficiently high that a state of equilibrium exists between the water standing in the screened interval and the formation water.
Please follow the link above for more information concerning Micro-Purge or No Purge sampling procedures.
Amended Reimbursement Criteria - Noncommercial Petroleum Cleanup Fund
Senate Bill 402, enacted on July 27, 2013 contains the following changes significantly affecting reimbursement for cleanups of noncommercial UST releases under G.S. 143-215.94D(b1):
The Noncommercial Fund shall be used for the payment of the costs of:
1. For releases discovered or reported to the Department prior to August 1, 2013, the cleanup of environmental damage as required by G.S. 143-215.94E(a).
2. For releases discovered or reported to the Department on or after August 1, 2013, the cleanup of environmental damage as required by G.S.143-215.94E(a) in excess of two thousand dollars ($2,000) or the sum of the following amounts, whichever is less:
a) A deductible of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per occurrence.
b) A co-payment equal to ten percent (10%) of the costs of the cleanup of environmental damage, per occurrence.
UST Cleanup Fund Releases New Pre-Approval Task Authorization Form for Electronic Submittal
As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance customer service, the UST Cleanup Trust fund has developed a new electronic Pre-Approval Task Authorization Form in Excel .xlsx format. If you have Excel 2007, this version may be used for the submittal of any preapproval request as of March 11, 2013 by emailing a saved xlsx file to your Incident Manager, instead of having to mail a paper copy PATA form into the Regional Offices. Located in the 2010 Reasonable Rate Documents at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/wm/ust/rrd
Simply open the file, add in your information, tasks, units, and rates, some of which are available in simple drop-down menus. Then save your file with a file name that reflects the incident and scope dates (in the format: Incident#-TA# Site Name yyyy-mm-dd ) and email a copy to your Incident Manager. (Please do not modify any of the formatting or add rows or columns, as this could interfere with some of the Form’s automation. If additional rows are needed, simply split the request into two forms, one primary and one supplementary/change order, and submit both files at the same time.)
Following their review of the scope of work, the Incident Manager will then save and email the file to the Cleanup Fund Auditor, who will confirm the rates requested for each task, then save and email a copy back to the Incident Manager.
At that point you may receive either a scan or fax of a signed copy of the PATA, or a PDF of the final file in an email confirming its approval.
At present, you may still print and send in hard copies of the PATA form for manual processing and postal/courier deliveries. However, we strongly encourage you to start using this version of the ePATA form as soon as possible for an accelerated turn-around of your preapproval requests.