Is Your UST Meeting EPA Regulations?
In 2015, EPA has made some significant revisions to the existing 1988 underground storage tank regulation that will affect most, if not all 558,000 US underground storage tanks (USTs) that store petroleum or hazardous substances. In states with EPA-approved standards, the state’s UST regulation will still be honored in lieu of the federal regulation, to give businesses with USTs a full three years to adjust their standard in accordance with new federal guidelines. Here are the important changes in the EPA regulation:
- Adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping
- Adding operator training requirements
- Adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems
- Adding requirements to ensure UST system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends, and
- Removing past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems, and field-constructed tanks.
- Wastewater treatment tank systems that are not already completely excluded from the UST regulation;
- UST systems containing radioactive material regulated under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and
- UST systems that are part of an emergency generator system at nuclear power generation facilities licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and subject to NRC requirements regarding design and quality criteria.