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USEPA Announces Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

EPAThe U.S. Environmental Protection (USEPA) is strengthening the Federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from USTs. UST leaks are reportedly one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. USEPA says the updated requirements improve upon the original 1988 UST regulation by closing regulatory gaps, adding new technologies, and focusing on properly operating and maintaining existing UST systems. States and territories are primarily responsible for implementing the UST program. Many States may already have some of the new requirements in place.

“These changes will better protect people’s health and benefit the environment in communities across the country by improving prevention and detection of underground storage tank releases,” said Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator of USEPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “Extensive and meaningful collaboration with our underground storage tank partners and stakeholders was vital to the development of the new regulations. The revised requirements will also help ensure consistency in implementing the tanks program among states and on tribal lands.” The secondary containment and operator training requirements included in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 will now apply to UST on tribal lands.

The revised requirements include:
Secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping.
• New operator training requirements.
• Additional periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems.
• Removal of past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems, and field-constructed tanks.
• New release prevention and detection technologies.
• Updated codes of practice.
• Updated State program approval requirements to incorporate the new changes.

The docket for the USEPA's updated UST regulation can be accessed by clicking here. Or, to access additional information from USEPA about the 2015 revised UST regulations, click here.


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