In July 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published major revisions to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations under 40 CFR Part 280 to:
The revised federal rules affect UST owners and operates differently based on the state where the facility is located and whether that state has received state program approval (SPA) under 40 CFR Part 281. In SPA states, owners and operators must continue to follow their state requirements until the state changes its requirements or until the state's SPA status changes. In non-SPA states, owners and operators must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule described below.
While many of the new federal UST requirements have been in place for several years, additional requirements will become effective on October 13, 2018. The new requirements include:
Information on the new federal requirements is available at https://www.epa.gov/ust/revising-underground-storage-tank-regulations-revisions-existing-requirements-and-new.
Melissa Krah, Mabbett & Associates Inc.