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Underground Storage Tanks
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In 1984, Congress responded to the increasing threat to groundwater posed by leaking underground storage tanks (USTs) by adding Subtitle I to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), through the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments, creating a federal program to regulate USTs containing petroleum and hazardous chemicals to limit corrosion and structural defects. The federal UST program also established operating requirements and technical standards for tank design and installation, leak detection, spill and overfill control, corrective action, and tank closure.
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Final Regulations 40 CFR 280 and 281 - Revising Underground Storage Tank Regulations--Revisions to Existing Requirements and New Requirements for Secondary Containment and Operator Training 07/15/2015National
Final Regulations 40 CFR 282 - Underground Storage Tank Program: Codification of Approved State 04/10/2014National
Questions & Answers After I install an underground storage tank, how long do I have before it needs to be registered? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Are heating oil tanks regulated? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers Are tanks such as elevator hydraulic reservoirs regulated? 05/12/2008National
Guidance Documents Automatic Tank Gauging Systems for Release Detection: Reference Manual for Underground Storage Tank Inspectors  National
Checklists Basic Checklist for USTs  National
Guidance Documents BLR's Comparison Chart of EPA's 1988 and 2015 UST Regulations  National
Guidance Documents BLR's UST Inspection Checklist  National
Audio Presentations Class C UST Operator Training  National
Speaker's Notes Class C UST Operator Training  National
Guidance Documents Class C UST Operator Training Guidance  National
Guidance Documents Closing Underground Storage Tanks: Brief Facts  National
Guidance Documents Compatibility of UST Systems with Biofuel Blends  National
Guidance Documents Demonstrating Financial Responsibility - Best Management Practices for USTs  National
Guidance Documents Developing A Third-Party Underground Storage Tank Inspection Program: A Guide To Assist States (2008)  National
Questions & Answers Does state or federal law require color coding of AST or UST caps? 03/25/2009National
Guidance Documents Doing Inventory Control Right for Underground Storage Tanks  National
Notices DOJ Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the CWA, CAA, and RCRA 07/17/2013National
Guidance Documents EPA - Comparison of 1988 and 2015 Federal UST Regulations  National
Guidance Documents EPA Study on Effectiveness of UST Insurance as a Financial Responsibility Mechanism  National
White Papers EPA to better prioritize LUST cleanups on Indian land 04/20/2017National
Guidance Documents Expedited Site Assessment Process Underground Storage Tanks: A Guide for Regulators  National
Guidance Documents Financial Responsibility for UST Owners: A Reference Manual (2000)  National
Guidance Documents Financing Underground Storage Tank Work: Federal and State Assistance Programs  National
Guidance Documents Getting The Most Out Of Your Automatic Tank Gauging System  National
Guidance Documents Grant Guidelines To States For Implementing The Inspection Provisions Of The Energy Policy Act Of 2005  National
Guidance Documents Grant Guidelines to the States for Implementing the Delivery Prohibition of the Energy Policy Act of 2005  National
Guidance Documents Grant Guidelines to the States for Implementing the Public Record Provision of the Energy Policy Act of 2005  National
Guidance Documents Grant Guidelines to the States for Implementing the Secondary Containment Provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005  National
Questions & Answers How can I tell if a release from my UST has occurred? 03/10/2003National
Questions & Answers I am buying a facility with a UST on it. What special issues should I be concerned about? What do I need to do? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers I am taking a gasoline tank out of service and want to use the tank to store other chemicals in a production line I intend to install late next year. What requirements apply? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers I want to change the use of a UST from diesel storage to gasoline storage. Are there any special requirements? 12/07/1999National
Questions & Answers If a retail gas station stores gasoline or diesel fuel in both above ground and underground tanks, what thresholds do they apply to determine if they have to report gasoline or diesel fuel? 12/07/1999National
Guidance Documents Implementation Time Frames For 2015 Underground Storage Tank Requirements  National
Guidance Documents Implementing and Enforcing the UST Program in Indian Country: EPA Report to Congress  National
Guidance Documents Introduction to Statistical Inventory Reconciliation for USTs (EPA 510-B-95-009)  National
Questions & Answers Is the aboveground piping associated with an underground tank regulated under the UST regulations? 06/12/2006National
Guidance Documents List Of Known Insurance Providers for Underground Storage Tank Owners And Operators  National