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July 14, 2017
Vermont to revise AST regs

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has proposed to revise its aboveground storage tank (AST) regulations. The revisions will extend to all ASTs, including those in residential and commercial settings, that store gasoline, diesel, kerosene, used oil, or heating oil.

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Under the new rules, all ASTs will need to be inspected at least once every 3 years. If an AST is found to be unsafe to fill, the inspector will place a red tag on the tank and the fill port, prohibiting delivery. The inspector will then report the name of the tank owner, the address of the AST, and the reason for noncompliance to the DEC for posting on its website. Fuel dealers will be able to consult the website to see if any of their customers have a delivery prohibition.

One or more of the following conditions will result in a delivery prohibition being placed on an AST:

  • An unstable foundation;
  • Uncoated or unsleeved piping;
  • Unequal fill and vent pipe size;
  • The absence of a vent alarm or vent whistle; or
  • Poor tank condition, including excessive rust, cracks, corrosion, pitting, leaks, weeps, drips, or dents.

Other changes include the requirements that new or relocated ASTs be installed on a concrete pad and that all ASTs be installed on a concrete pad by 2030. Additionally, there will be new requirements for AST installations in flood-prone areas.

For further information, contact Marc Roy, at the DEC, at marc.roy@vermont.gov.

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