Non-regulated Aboveground Storage Tanks
Do you own or operate a facility with less than 420,000 gallons of aboveground storage capacity? Below is a list of resources and opportunities.
Free or Subsidized Opportunities
- Do you need an upgrade to your tank farm? The Denali Commission wants to know what tank farm-related projects need financial assistance. Applicants should be able to plan and organize the bulk of the project, and provide a description to the Commission using the form available by clicking the “download” button on their website.
- Bulk Fuel Operator course: tuition, room and board, and partial travel assistance for 10-day AVTEC, Alaska's Institute of Technology, bulk fuel operator training; courtesy of Alaska Energy Authority and the Denali Commission.
- Starting in 2018: a professional bulk fuel operator will visit the home facility of each participant that successfully completes this course, to provide site-specific guidance and advice.
- For course dates, to apply, or speak with the course coordinator, visit the Alaska Energy Authority website, or contact the Training Program Manager, Alan Fetter, at 907-771-3063 or email@example.com.
- Grant funding is still available for the first year of a Tank Farm Management Contract with Rural Alaska Fuel Services, courtesy of the Denali Commission. RAFS provides tank farm inspections, PIC, operator and HAZWOPER trainings, as well as tank cleaning and demolition services. For questions and details contact RAFS: 907-562-0285, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rural Utility Business Advisor Program classes, such as Utility Clerk and Financial Management trainings, are provided by the Division of Community and Regional Affairs and occur in Anchorage. Training dates are listed on DCRA's training calendar. For questions, including eligibility for travel reimbursement contact Brenda Hewitt: 907-269-5939, email@example.com.
- Grants of up to $575,000 are available for pre-disaster hazard mitigation (e.g. tank farm infrastructure repair, tank farms threatened by changing coastline, salt water damage, or other natural causes), through the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. Eligible applicants include tribal, local and state governments. Several grants are available annually, each with separate deadlines. More information, including staff contact names and numbers, is available at ready.alaska.gov.
- The Denali Commission offers financial assistance for fuel-related projects. Details can be found on the Energy Program website.
- Repair and Replacement Fund assistance (free professional guidance on developing and managing rural energy infrastructure); courtesy of the Denali Commission and the Alaska Community Foundation.
- Tribal Capacity and Training program: learn how to have a voice in rural Alaska’s environmental issues by attending one of the courses below. Participation is free, provided by Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). Details can be found on the ANTHC website.
- Tribal Environmental Plan Development Workshop
- Introduction to the Indian Environmental General Assistance Program
- Climate Change Adaption Training
- Scholarship-assisted Environmental Job Training
- Get the qualifications to work as a Landfill Operator, Environmental Technician, Emergency Spill Responder, Home Fuel Tank Inspector, Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Lead, Forklift Operator, Water and Soil Sampler, Contaminated Site Cleanup Technician, and more
- Must be unemployed or only working part-time
- Participants receive 10 - 11 University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) credits and earn a UAF Occupational Endorsement as a Rural Alaska Solid Waste and Spill Response Technician
- The 4-week training occurs annually, for two 2-week periods between February and April
- Applications are typically available in early October and due by mid-November each year
- For eligibility requirements, an application packet, or to find program staff contact information, visit the Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training Program (RACEJT) webpage at the Zender Environmental website
Tools and Information
- Aboveground Storage Tank Operator Handbook (PDF 3.6M): 242 pages of educational material on facility operation and maintenance, safety, spill preparedness, response and reporting, and state and federal government requirements.
- Videos: 25 instructional videos on bulk fuel operation, including subjects such as fuel transfers, monthly inspections, clock gauges and regulations. Courtesy of Alaska Energy Authority.
- Videos: Spill Response Safety and Tactics
- Conex Map of Department spill response equipment containers
- Community Database Online: community-specific information on census counts, economy statistics, geography, local government, utilities and facilities, such as bulk fuel farms, courtesy of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development.
- Denali Commission Project Database: view reports, photos and updates on projects funded by the Denali Commission, including bulk fuel farm upgrades, and solid waste and water treatment plant facilities.
- Bulk Fuel Upgrade Program: view status reports, past, present and planned, for bulk fuel facility upgrades and new tank farm projects coordinated by the Alaska Energy Authority.
- Printable daily and monthly facility inspection checklists (PDF 68K).
- List of STI Certified SP001 AST inspectors in Alaska, compiled from steeltank.com.
- Alaska Energy Authority is sending professional bulk fuel operation instructors to communities who have participated in ACTEC’s two-week bulk fuel operator course in Seward. View a list of communities eligible to receive this free training at their facilities. For more information contact:
- Alan Fetters, Alaska Energy Authority Training Program Manager
- Sarah Moore
- Preparedness and Response Section Manager