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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established by DFS’s regulation (527 CMR 9.00, which was rescinded on January 1, 2015) and by the U.S.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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December 31, 2014 (comments: 0)

Underground Storage Tank Stage I & II Enforcement Discretion Directive

Underground Storage Tank (UST)/Stage I & II Enforcement Discretion Directive 

MassDEP is giving the regulated community 120 days to learn about and implement the new requirements before the agency begins actively enforcing most provisions. This "grace period" runs through April 30, 2015.

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April 27, 2012 (comments: 0)

MassDEP Discussion Draft of UST Regulations Available

The MassDEP has been provided a Discussion Draft of the UST Regulations to the UST Stakeholder Group.  The MassDEP hopes to officially propose these regulations but at this time, they are available for review, comments and discussion.  The MassDEP released a UST Vision Statement dated February 7, 2012. 

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