Many thanks to GAAC member John Ohrazda from Lee's Summit Municipal Airport for sharing the following:
The August 8th Federal EPA deadline mandating that all Underground Storage Tank (UST) facility owners/operators must have Class A , Class B and Class C operators trained and/or tested (as regulated by each state) is fast approaching. These tests measure the operators' knowledge of underground storage tank system operations. The mandate applies to all UST systems including gas stations, marine, farming and aviation.
Facility owner/operators should have received letters from their respective states outlining certification requirements. If you have not received a letter, contact your state's EPA or visit its website for specific details.
Although the August 8th deadline is in effect, several states have granted an extended grace period and will not begin issuing penalties until that time. http://www.epa.gov/oust/fedlaws/optraing.htm
The Senate Commerce Committee is expected to vote July 31 on Michael Huerta's nomination for FAA Administrator. If approved by the Committee, the nomination heads to the Senate floor. There is talk that Republicans may try to hold up the nomination as they hope to gain control of the White House in November. If you'll recall, the FAA Administrator serves a 5-year term independent of the president. Huerta has been Acting Administrator since December 2011, when Randy Babbitt resigned the post after an DUI arrest (charges were later withdrawn).
Fun fact: Huerta and presumptive GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney worked together on the Salt Lake City Olympics.