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July 15, 2015 (comments: 0)

2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

As many of you are aware, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 22 issued final underground storage tank system testing and inspection regulations, marking the first significant revision to the regulations since they were issued in 1988 (notwithstanding the 1998 upgrade regulations).   In issuing the rule, EPA said the revised requirements include: adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping; adding operator training requirements (currently in widespread implementation based on the 2005 Energy Act requirements and state implementation); adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems; removing past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems, and field-constructed tanks; adding new release prevention and detection technologies; updating codes of practice; and updating state program approval requirements to incorporate these new changes.

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January 19, 2015 (comments: 0)

MassDEP Issues New Underground Storage Tank Rules: 310 CMR 80.00

On January 2, 2015, MassDEP adopted a new Underground Storage Tank Regulation (“UST”, 310 CMR
80.00) that addresses design/construction/installation, registration, operation, maintenance and inspection of
UST systems used to store petroleum fuels and hazardous substances. These new rules have been
developed to implement M.G.L. c 21O, which was established by Section 7 of Chapter 4 of the Acts of 2009.
This law also transferred regulation of most aspects of the Commonwealth’s UST Program from the
Department of Fire Services (DFS) to MassDEP. The new regulation maintains the basic requirements
established by DFS’s regulation (527 CMR 9.00, which was rescinded on January 1, 2015) and by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. MassDEP has also updated and streamlined requirements designed to
protect groundwater from UST system leaks.

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June 13, 2014 (comments: 0)

New Aboveground Storage Tank Requirements in West Virginia

 

New Aboveground Storage Tank Requirements in West Virginia

On April 1, 2014, Senate Bill 373 was signed into law in West Virginia.  This bill became effective on June 6, 2014 and contains the Aboveground Storage Tank Act.  This act requires that all aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) in WV, must be registered by October 1, 2014

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June 17, 2013 (comments: 0)

The ATG: Mr. Know-It-All

When I first entered this industry 11 years ago, I admittedly didn't know the first thing about how underground storage tanks worked, what was involved in operating them, or what it took to keep them in compliance.  Since then, I've had my hands in many things, and now feel as though I have a pretty solid understanding about each one of those things.  The one thing that seems to have really caught my attention through all these activities though, is the Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG).

Tagged under: ATG, ATG Monitoring, Compliance, UST

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August 15, 2012 (comments: 0)

Skimming for Skimmers

When most regulated storage tank system owners, operators, and contractors think of performing an inspection of a motor fuel dispenser, they think of inspecting for environmental compliance and maintenance. They look for leaks, drips, broken or warn out equipment, and other items that may pose certain risks.

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January 6, 2012 (comments: 0)

Paperwork Disorganization

I have done a fair share of facility inspections and compliance audits throughout the years. One of the most common themes I have run across is disorganization of paperwork. The last few years have seen an increase in the number of Notices of Violation and penalty fines to the gasoline retailers targeted by the Regulatory Agencies. This increase of NOV’s and fines is due generally to an increase of focus on compliance which leads to an increased number of facility inspections. One of the most common violations includes the Monthly/Weekly Release Detection record keeping.

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