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The NISTM focus

The NISTM focus
Marshall Mott-Smith, vice president of the NISTM, explains why a continued focus on environmental protection is important for the bulk liquid storage industry and what is in store at this year’s NISTM

For the last 21 years, the NISTM (National Institute for Storage Tank Management) Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference has focused on the environmental protection aspects of bulk petroleum storage management.

In addition to providing technical presentations for various storage processes, including storage operations, corrosion protection, safety, tank integrity and other specialist topics, the key focus of the annual conference is on environmental protection, management, and environmental response.

Mindful of the increasing importance terminal operators are placing on environmental management and protection, the conference provides a range of technical training presentations with essential information to assist industry professionals with environmental compliance.

What makes the conference sessions even more effective is the wide inclusion of all participants, with representatives from regulatory agencies associated with aboveground storage tank systems, facility owners and operators, service providers, equipment manufacturers, industry media, and other industry professionals. This effort to invite and promote the attendance of regulators helps improve industry compliance, individual awareness, communication, and regulator understanding of industry perspectives.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will provide a day-long pre-conference free training class designed for professional engineers and environmental professionals about how to properly prepare SPCC and FRP plans. The EPA also provides presentations in the plenary and breakout sessions.

The conference has attendees from the Office of Pipeline Safety, Fire Code Officials, Coast Guard Officials, and other federal regulators. Members of NASAP (the National Association of State Aboveground Tank Programme Managers) also attend each year and co-locate their annual meeting with NISTM. These are the larger state programmes with AST regulations for field-erected and shopfabricated storage tanks, with an emphasis on preventing petroleum leaks to the environment. The conference will also have numerous individual presentations about air pollution controls, storm and waste water management, industry reference standards, and environmental protection rules for ASTs.

Industry associations and institutes also contribute to the importance of the conference. The API provides an annual update on industry standards. NACE has its own all-day track for storage tank corrosion protection sessions, and the Steel Tank Institute has a day-long track for field-erected tank construction issues, as well as a half-day track for shop-fabricated storage tank training. Another important co-located event is the Tanks 101 course provided by industry expert Phil Myers. This one-day class provides an excellent venue to pass on essential industry knowledge to the next generation of storage tank professionals.

The trade show, which runs at the same time as the technical sessions, features nearly 200 exhibiting companies, highlighting the importance of this annual event. NISTM has chosen market leading publication Tank Storage Magazine to be official media partner for this event.

Mott-Smith says: 'Another outstanding aspect of the conference and trade show is the excellent opportunity to network with the other attendees and experts at the welcome reception and trade show cocktail mixers. There are over 1000 attendees at these events, and the venues provide a congenial atmosphere with food, drink, and good company for meeting international industry attendees.'

Additionally, more than 200 golfers attend the annual NISTM golf tournament within the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel the day before the conference starts.

Mott-Smith adds: 'We strike to continue providing a conference and trade show that offers significant value to those who have come, and we thank all previous participants who have supported us.'

The 21st annual NISTM will take place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel, Florida from April 2-4. Marshall will be launching conference proceedings on the first day of the show.For more information visit