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EPA Proposal to Revise Underground Storage Tank Regulations

Thursday December 01, 2011
EPA is proposing revisions to strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. These revisions are designed to improve prevention and detection of UST releases, a possible source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards. This is the first time EPA is proposing significant revisions to the federal UST regulations since they were first promulgated in 1988.

The proposal makes the following revisions to 40 CFR part 280 by:

  • Adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping
  • Adding operator training requirements for UST system owners and operators
  • Adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems
  • Removing certain deferrals
  • Adding new release prevention and detection technologies
  • Updating codes of practice
  • Making editorial and technical corrections

EPA is also proposing to modify state program approval requirements in 40 CFR part 281.

EPA is accepting comments until February 16, 2012. (See weblink below to Submit a Comment)

PMPA learned of this change through participation in an EPA Small Business Conference Call as an adjunct to our support of PMPA Member Darlene Miller’s work on the Regulatory Reform through the President’s Council on Jobs and Effectiveness. Darlene Miller is PMPA's 2nd Vice President and President of Permac Industries, Inc. in Burnsville, MN.

For further information contact Miles Free.

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