EPA Updates Rule for Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
The US EPA announced on Monday, June 29, that it will soon publish a Final Rule to update its underground storage tank (UST) regulations. While many states have kept their UST rules up-to-date with changing technology and environmental requirements, this is the first major change to the Federal standards since the rules were originally written in 1988. Hundreds of thousands of US facilities rely on underground storage tanks—because they either sell petroleum products or use the tanks to store gasoline for their own vehicles.
In addition to closing regulatory loopholes by addressing systems originally deferred in the 1988 rule, the new UST requirements include:
- Added secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping
- New training requirements for UST operators
- Operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems
- Incorporation of new release prevention and detection technologies
- Updating the state approval program to incorporate these changes.
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