WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) is strengthening the federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum releases from USTs which are one of the leading sources of groundwater contamination. EPA’s action will strengthen existing requirements and help ensure all USTs in the United States meet the same release protection standards.
The EPA says these changes will better protect people’s health and benefit the environment in communities across the country by improving prevention and detection of underground storage tank releases. The revised requirements will also help ensure consistency in implementing the tanks program among states and on tribal lands.
In addition, these requirements improve EPA’s original 1988 UST regulation by closing regulatory gaps, adding new technologies, and focusing on properly operating and maintaining existing UST systems.
Underground storage tanks are located at hundreds of thousands of facilities across America, including retail facilities such as gas stations and convenience stores that sell petroleum products. Those that do not sell petroleum products, but may rely on their own supply of gasoline or diesel include taxis, buses, limousines, trucks, vans, boats, heavy equipment, or a wide range of other vehicles.