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CA Single Wall Tanks to be Removed by 2025

swrb-logoAll single wall tanks in California that were designed and constructed prior to 1997 will have to be removed by 12/31/2025

On September 25, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill No. 445 (SB445).  SB445 requires that single-walled USTs be permanently closed no later than December 31, 2025. 


On September 25, 2014, the Governor signed Senate Bill No. 445 (SB445) authored by Senate Member Hill. SB445 is an urgency statute that takes effect immediately. The complete text of SB445 can be found at: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0401-0450/sb_445_bill_20140925_chaptered.pdf. For your convenience the bullets below summarize the single-walled UST permanent closure provisions of SB445.

On or before December 31, 2025, the owner or operator of an UST shall permanently close the UST if it was designed and constructed before 1997 in accordance with paragraph (7) of section 25291(a) or if it was designed and constructed before 1984 and does not meet the requirements of section 25291(a)(1)-(6). Authority: California Health and Safety Code, section 25292.05(a).

The State Water Board may adopt regulations to implement section 25292.05(a) at an earlier date if the UST poses a high threat to water quality or public health. Authority: California Health and Safety Code, section 25292.05(b).

Grant and loan money will be available

Grant and loan money will be available through the Replacing, Removing, or Upgrading Underground Storage Tank (RUST) Program to assist eligible small businesses to permanently close single-walled USTs. More detailed information will be forthcoming regarding the single-walled UST permanent closure and RUST Program via each program’s Lyris Email Distribution System and through each program’s website. To sign up for the Lyris Email Distribution System please visit the following website: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/ust_subscribe.shtml.

Have Questions?

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) including the UST Leak Prevention Unit, UST Cleanup Fund Program, Orphan Site Cleanup Fund, Office of Enforcement, and the RUST Program are all working diligently to get information about SB445 disseminated to the public. After this detailed information is disseminated and you still have questions regarding the UST permanent closure provisions of SB 445 please contact Laura Fisher, Chief UST Leak Prevention Unit & Office of Tank Tester Licensing at (916) 341-5870 or lfisher@waterboards.ca.gov, or for RUST information contact Janice Clemons at (916) 341-5657 or jclemons@waterboards.ca.gov. For all other questions, please send an email to ustcleanupfund@waterboards.ca.gov using the subject line “SB445”.

This is a message from the State Water Resources Control Board.


TAIT Preps for NACS/PEI Show – Starting This Weekend!

Are you attending the PEI Convention OCTOBER 12th – 15th, 2013 at the NACS Show? Come see TAIT  in booth #4552!

This weekend, TAIT associates Melanie Nelson, Al Throckmorton and Dennis Tweedy head to Atlanta, Georgia from around the country to meet with more than 24,000 industry professionals from 65 countries — all seeking or offering the newest innovations, education and conversations about today’s important industry trends and issues.

The Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) has held its Fall Meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 1995 and the Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) has held its annual meeting as part of the NACS Show since in 2002. Last year’s event the NACS Show 2012, was great and we expect this year’s turnout and events to be even better!

A few events we are looking forward to and hope to see you at are:

PEI Events

PEI After-Hours Lounge – Saturday, October 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Sunday, October 13, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. – Westin Peachtree Plaza, Lobby Bar PEI’s After-Hours Lounge is the perfect place to come and unwind after a day at the show. Catch up with old acquaintances or make new ones before venturing off to dinner or nightlife in Atlanta.

PEI’s Membership Breakfast

PEI Industry Reception – Monday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. – GWCC, Building B, Level 2 Concourse, top of escalators outside of Fuel Equipment & Services area The PEI Industry Reception is the number one networking event of the week! This event provides the best opportunity to socialize with PEI friends while enjoying complimentary food, live music and beverages. Your PEI badge is your ticket. No extra charge to attend.  

Here is PEI’s full Schedule of Events

Here is NACS full Schedule of Events

NACS Show Kickoff Party

Sunday Funday

NACS Closing General Session featuring Hillary Rodham Clinton

As convenience and fuel retailing’s premier industry event, the NACS Show offers unmatched opportunities for buyers and sellers to come together, conduct business and learn from one another — all in an environment rich with new ideas and new partnerships.

Contact us to learn more about what TAIT has to offer, or meet us at NACS! Reach out for a tour, we’ll be happy to show you around.

TAIT in the News

TAIT is in the News, again! Here are some pictures and articles where TAIT projects and associates are being featured.

Spetember 2013

COO Tim Ericsen speaks regarding DUSTO program – featured in the O&A Marketing News article about the Pacific Oil Conference.

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the O&A Marketing News

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, featured in the “O&A” Oil &Automotive Marketing News – for presenting “Contracted Designated Operator – Managing a Successful Program” at the 2013 Pacific Oil Conference in Los Angeles California September 3-5.

Coming Soon! Online California Designated UST Operator Training Course!

After training Designated UST Operators (also known as DOs or DUSTOs) for over 9 years in a classroom setting, TAIT is now in the process of converting our classroom course to an online, self-paced course, which will be available in the Fall of 2013!

As required by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), Designated Operators must have their license renewed every two years.  After taking our training, every student must pass an exam administered by the International Code Council (ICC). Our training covers:

  • UST Systems
  • Release Detection
  • Release Reporting
  • Operating Requirement
  • Record Keeping

This new online course will be available 24/7, and will be self-paced, meaning a student’s work will be saved, and they can pick up where they finished. If a student does not pass the first time, that student can take the course again with no additional cost. If a student fails a second time, TAIT will provide a full refund as long as that student completes the course a second time. TAIT has 40 years of UST training experience, so any student will be in good hands.

Please check out the preview below:

Please visit www.pstinstruction.com for more information on this new course, as well as the other UST Operator Training Courses TAIT offers.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

Need Help with CERS Submissions?

You aren’t alone.

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) has indicated that the mandatory electronic submittals of Hazardous Materials Business Plans (HMBP)s and Underground Storage Tanks (UST)s information is significantly behind it’s scheduled implementation this year.

CERS - Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

CERS – Electronic Reporting to CalEPA

Excerpts from the September 2013 Cal/EPA Unified Program Newsletter include:

  • According to the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to complete your facility’s electronic reporting for Hazardous Materials Business Plans and underground storage tank (UST) information.  The California Environmental Reporting System (CERS), a statewide web-based system to support California Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) and Participating Agencies (PAs) in electronically collecting and reporting various hazardous materials-related data, was mandated by the California Health and Safety Code and legislation (AB 2286).  Starting in 2013, all businesses that have facilities regulated by a CUPA under the Unified Program must now submit Unified Program-related information such as hazardous materials business plans, chemical inventories, site maps, underground and aboveground tank data, and hazardous waste related data electronically to CERS instead of on paper forms.
  • The first year of electronic reporting is rapidly drawing to a close.  Cal/EPA reports that as of September 1, 2013, only one-third of the state’s regulated facilities have used CERS, the state’s on-line electronic reporting portal, to report or verify at least some Business Plan information.  Statutory mandates and state policy require ALL regulated facilities statewide to report business plan information or underground storage tank information electronically during 2013.
  • Only 4 months remain in 2013 and nearly two-thirds of the state’s regulated facilities are not current in CERS.  Businesses that have regulated facilities will need to take action during the next four months to complete their 2013 electronic reporting, as Cal/EPA indicates that the Unified Program Agencies (UPAs) will be stepping up their enforcement efforts to ensure that facilities are in compliance.


To contact CalEPA directly, you can email them your questions, comments, and concerns.

TAIT is experienced in assisting businesses with their electronic reporting through CERS. Please contact TAIT if you need assistance with electronic reporting in CERS.  TAIT has uploaded data and plans for more than 100 facilities for our existing clients.


COO of Tait Environmental Services, Tim Ericsen, Presented at the Pacific Oil Conference

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services, spoke at the Pacific Oil Conference last week in Los Angeles.

Tim Ericsen, COO of Tait Environmental Services

Contracted Designated Operator - Managing a Successful Program by Tim Ericsen, COO Tait Environmental Services

Educational topics covered legal issues, environmental  compliance, marketing, regulations and best practices for

  • Wholesale,
  • Multi-Segment,
  • Retail, and
  • Sales

specific tracks over a three day period. Networking events were a large focus, to expand businesses professional circles at and away from the tradeshow floor.

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

Events at the Pacific Oil Conference

Having performed over 50,000 DO inspections in California since 2005, “Designated Operators – What You Need to Know” was a comfortable topic for TES. Our team currently provides third-party DO services for over 650 UST locations throughout the state and thoroughly understands the challenges faced by UST owners.  The session focused on how to effectively manage a third-party provider, while getting the most “bang for your buck.”  Specific topics included:

  • Understanding the role of the Designated Operator
  • Common Errors and Omissions
  • Value-Added Services
Example Slide - Common Errors - Expired Designated Operator Certification

Example Slide Common Errors portion of the presentation: Expired Designated Operator Certification

TAIT also provides certification prep courses for the ICC California Designated Operator exam.  To date, TAIT has prepared over 4,000 students for their certification exam.  Classroom-based courses are offered throughout the year in both southern and northern California.  Learn more about TAIT’s training offerings in California and across the nation at www.PSTinstruction.com.

Whether you hire a third-party our handle the Designated Operator role in-house, TAIT has a solution for you! Contact us for more information and to schedule inspections.

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

Tim Ericsen teaching the TAIT California Designated Operator Training Course

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

TAIT’s Dallas Office Enjoys Visitors

Visit Tait Environmental Services if you are local to, or traveling and will be in the Dallas area.

Have a question about TAIT’s services? Call the Dallas office and stop by to say hello! We enjoy having visitors and for people to swing by when they are in the area. Here are a few pictures I’ve collected with some of the TAIT associates from around the country that stopped by to visit our office.

Here are some pictures from visits to the office. Notice our Goals and Values Statements on the wall in the background. One of the things I love best about TAIT is that they stand by and live out daily these goals and values – they’re more than just a statement of what should be.

Melanie Nelson, Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Melanie with Chuck and Tim from the Santa Ana office.


Andy Tait with Chuck Bentley and Tim Ericsen of Tait Environmental Services

Andy with Chuck and Tim, in town from California for client meetings.

In order of appearance: Melanie Nelson is the Business Development & Technology Solutions, currently focusing on a SharePoint 2013 rollout and is located in Dallas, Texas.  Chuck Bentley heads up the Designated Operator program on the West coast for one of our national clients. Underground tank inspections and routine AST site inspections are part of the programmatic work that TAIT does. Our technicians visit UST and AST sites during the month performing routine inspections, testing, repairs, and more. Tim Ericsen is the COO of Tait Environmental Services (TES), and recently was one of the speakers at the Pacific Oil Conference. Andy Tait is a Director at TES in our Dallas office. With a remediation background, he is currently busy on many new construction c-store fueling system installs.

Public Comments due May 9th for Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Notice of 15-Day Public Notice and Comment Period for Modifications to Text of Proposed Title 27 Regulations

Cal/EPA Unified Program has submitted the Title 27 Rulemaking package to OAL for review. The 15-Day Public Notice of the Modified Text and the modified text of the regulations (shown in double strikeout and double underline) are attached below.

If you have any questions, please contact Farida Islam at fislam@calepa.ca.gov in case of any question.

Title 27_2012_reg change_strikeout_underline 4 22 13 This document will show the modified text, but is not being copied here as it is 95 pages.

Title 27 NOTICE OF MODIFIED TEXT This is the announcement, and the text is copied below.


1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

April 24, 2013


Pursuant to the requirements of Government Code section 11346.8 (c), and section 44 of Title 1 of the California Code of Regulations, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) Unified Program is providing notice of changes made to the proposed Title 27 regulations, which were not part of the original public comment period or the regulatory hearing held on April 19, 2013. Section 15186.1 has been recently added to the proposed Title 27 regulations. This addition is in accordance with the policy memo titled “Cal/EPA Unified Program Policy Memo for Lead Acid Battery Inventory Reporting (UP-11-03),” which was issued to all stakeholders on April 28th, 2011.

If you have any comments regarding the proposed changes, the Cal/EPA Unified Program will accept written comments between April 24 and May 9, 2013. All written comments, including those sent by mail, facsimile, or e-mail must be submitted to the Agency no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 9, 2013, and addressed to:

Farida Islam, Environmental Scientist
Cal/EPA Unified Program
1001 I street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Fax: (916) 322-5615
E-mail Address:

All written comments received by May 9, 2013 that pertain to the indicated changes will be reviewed and responded by the Agency’s staff as part of the compilation of the rulemaking file. Please limit your comments to the proposed modifications to the text.

EPA Will Propose Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard

Want to go directly to the source?  Tier 3 Vehicle Emissions and Standards Program . For more information, you may also read these previous blogs: Renewable Fuel Standards and EPA Proposes 2013 Renewable Fuel Standards.

March 29, 2013 (another release was also sent 3/29/13 and is below)

EPA Will Propose Achievable Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standard, Slashing Air Pollution and Providing Extensive Health Benefits

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths per year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

Following a proven systems approach that addresses vehicles and fuels as an integrated system, today’s proposal will enable the greatest pollution reductions at the lowest cost. The proposal will slash emissions of a range of harmful pollutants that can cause premature death and respiratory illnesses,  including reducing smog-forming volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides by 80 percent, establish a 70 percent tighter particulate matter standard, and reduce fuel vapor emissions to near zero.  The proposal will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene and 1,3-butadiene, by up to 40 percent.

The proposal supports efforts by states to reduce harmful levels of smog and soot and eases their ability to attain and maintain science-based national ambient air quality standards to protect public health, while also providing flexibilities for small businesses, including hardship provisions and additional lead time for compliance.

“The Obama Administration has taken a series of steps to reinvigorate the auto industry and ensure that the cars of tomorrow are cleaner, more efficient and saving drivers money at the pump and these common-sense cleaner fuels and cars standards are another example of how we can protect the environment and public health in an affordable and practical way,” said EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe. “Today’s proposed standards – which will save thousands of lives and protect the most vulnerable — are the next step in our work to protect public health and will provide the automotive industry with the certainty they need to offer the same car models in all 50 states.

By 2030, EPA estimates that the proposed cleaner fuels and cars program will annually prevent up to 2,400 premature deaths, 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children, 3,200 hospital admissions and asthma-related emergency room visits, and 1.8 million lost school days, work days and days when activities would be restricted due to air pollution. Total health-related benefits in 2030 will be between $8 and $23 billion annually.  The program would also reduce exposure to pollution near roads. More than 50 million people live, work, or go to school in close proximity to high-traffic roadways, and the average American spends more than one hour traveling along roads each day.

Throughout the development of the proposal, EPA met with representatives from the automotive and oil and gas industry as well as environmental, consumer advocacy and public health organizations.  Based on initial feedback from these groups and a thorough rulemaking process, EPA’s proposal is estimated to provide up to seven dollars in health benefits for every dollar spent to meet the standards. The proposed sulfur standards will cost refineries less than a penny per gallon of gasoline on average once the standards are fully in place.
The proposed vehicle standards will have an average cost of about $130 per vehicle in 2025. The proposal also includes flexibilities for small businesses, including hardship provisions and additional lead time for compliance.

The proposed standards will reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60 percent – down to 10 parts per million (ppm) in 2017. Reducing sulfur in gasoline enables vehicle emission control technologies to perform more efficiently.  This means that vehicles built prior to the proposed standards will run cleaner on the new low-sulfur gas, providing significant and immediate benefits by reducing emissions from every gas-powered vehicle on the road.

The proposed standards will work together with California’s clean cars and fuels program to create a harmonized nationwide vehicle emissions program that enables automakers to sell the same vehicles in all 50 states. The proposal is designed to be implemented over the same timeframe as the next phase of EPA’s national program to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks beginning in model year 2017. Together, the federal and California standards will maximize reductions in GHGs, air pollutants and air toxics from cars and light trucks while providing automakers regulatory certainty and streamlining compliance.

Once published in the Federal Register, the proposal will be available for public comment and EPA will hold public hearings to receive further public input.

Information on EPA’s notice of proposed rulemaking:  http://www.epa.gov/otaq/tier3.htm


March 29, 2013

Here’s What They’re Saying about EPA’s Proposed Cleaner Fuels and Cars Standards

WASHINGTON – Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in the cars and trucks we drive. These cleaner fuels and cars standards are an important component of the administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, which also include historic fuel efficiency standards that are saving new vehicle owners at the gas pump today. Once fully in place, the standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths per year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children.

Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland
“The new motor fuel standards proposed today by the Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama’s leadership will help Maryland reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. Reductions from mobile sources are one of the most important strategies needed to provide clean air to Maryland’s citizens for generations to come. Today’s actions will also provide a significant benefit to the Chesapeake Bay as approximately one-third of its nitrogen issues are caused by air pollution. By proposing these new robust vehicle and fuel quality standards, President Obama and the EPA have made a strong commitment to protecting the public’s health and our environment. Together with our federal partners, we can create a more sustainable future for our children.”

Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts

”I applaud President Obama and the EPA for issuing this new rule, which is a significant step forward in reducing air pollution from vehicles.  This rule means cleaner cars and cleaner fuels, which in turn means healthier communities across the country,” said Governor Deval Patrick.  ”This common sense regulation is a victory for a cost-effective and sensible way to clean our air.”

Dannel P. Mallow, Governor of Connecticut

“EPA’s proposed Tier 3 vehicle standards and cleaner gasoline will give our state immediate air quality benefits, which will only grow over time as new cars enter the marketplace.  In Connecticut, we are taking action to show that we can have a strong economy and a healthy environment, and the new standards for motor vehicles and fuels announced today by EPA are consistent with our approach.  I applaud EPA’s help taking on the most significant source of air pollution – cars, trucks and other so-called mobile sources – and look forward to prompt finalization of the rule so we all breathe cleaner air.”

Robert M. Pestronk, MPH, Executive Director, National Association of County and City Health Officials
“On behalf of America’s 2,800 local health departments, NACCHO applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards for cleaner gasoline and cars. The updated standards prevent illness, preserve health and help reduce health care costs. Standards like these help local health departments keep people healthy and safe by improving air quality.”

U.S. Sen. Kristen Gillibrand, N.Y.
“The implementation of Tier 3 emission standards is a big step forward for Americans,” said Senator Gillibrand. “More stringent emission standards would significantly decrease air pollution, create new jobs and increase worker’s economic productivity by reducing the number of sick days they take from lung and heart related ailments.  We’ve cleared a crucial step in the process, and I will continue to urge the Administration to move quickly to finalize the rule this year”

Paul Billings, Senior Vice President, American Lung Association
“Pollution from cars, light trucks, and SUVs kills and makes people sick. Stronger standards that lower sulfur levels in gasoline and cut toxic tailpipe pollutants will pave the way to a healthier future.  Using lower sulfur gasoline in cars currently on the road will reduce as much pollution as taking 33 million cars off the road.  Passenger vehicles are major sources of ozone and particle pollution that pose serious threats to public health. This pollution triggers asthma attacks, worsens lung and heart health and can even lead to early death. Children, the elderly and those with chronic lung and heart health problems are most vulnerable to traffic-related pollution.”

Georges Benjamin, Executive Director, American Public Health Association
“The return on investment of these important standards measured in both health savings and deaths averted is hugely significant and should not be overlooked.  Reducing dangerous tailpipe emissions from cars will deliver between $8 and $23 billion in national health benefits annually by 2030 and prevent tens of thousands of asthma attacks, hospitalizations and early deaths. “

Gloria Bergquist, Spokeswoman, Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
“This is a big step forward for this country to catch up to the clean fuels available in other industrialized nations. Automakers have already reduced vehicle emissions by 99 percent, and we’re working to go further while also delivering high quality, affordable vehicles to our customers.”

Dan Wyant, Director, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
“Michigan’s automobile industry continues producing vehicles that are more fuel efficient and better for the state’s air quality. The EPA’s proposed Tier 3 fuel standard will further the goal of cleaner air.”

Shannon Baker-Branstetter, Policy Counsel for Consumers Union
“Vehicles have gotten cleaner over the years, but unfortunately too many Americans still struggle with health issues like asthma and respiratory problems that come from breathing in air heavy with smog and other pollutants.  These standards are expected to be highly cost-effective in cleaning up gasoline and tailpipe emissions. These minimal costs will be largely outweighed by the savings that come from the huge health benefits we get from cleaner air.”

Bill Becker, Executive Director, National Association of Clean Air Agencies
“The new standard could be ‘the most significant air pollution policy President Obama will adopt in his second term. . . . There is not another air pollution control strategy that we know of that will produce as substantial, cost-effective and expeditious emissions reductions.”

Luke Tonachel, Senior Vehicles Analyst, Natural Resources Defense Council
“These common-sense standards will save lives, save money and clean up our air – all at a minimal cost.  Big Oil companies want us to believe these benefits aren’t worth it. But that’s because they care about profits above all else.”

Frank O’Donnell, President, Clean Air Watch
“I think this proposal is the single most effective step EPA can take right now to reduce smog.”

Statement from the Emissions Control Technology Association
As the companies who have developed the cutting edge technology to reduce mobile source emissions by more than 90 percent, the Emissions Control Technology Association (ECTA) commends President Obama’s leadership in proposing a Tier 3 regulation that will improve public health and strengthen our domestic manufacturing base. The benefits of Tier 3 will far outweigh the cost.

Michelle Robinson, Director of Clean Vehicles Program, Union of Concerned Scientists
“The path from a car’s tailpipe to our lungs is surprisingly short, and more than 1 in 3 Americans live in areas where air pollution levels exceed at least one federal limit.  Today’s proposal is a common-sense step that will protect our health while growing our economy.”

Michael Brune, Sierra Club, Executive Director
“With these expected cleaner tailpipe standards, President Obama is taking a strong step to protect our public health and secure his clean energy legacy. We have the technology to clean up our fuels and our cars and it’s critical that we put them to work to ensure Americans have the safe, breathable air they deserve.  Cutting smog and other toxic air pollution will help American children breath cleaner air and will save lives. These new standards will save billions annually in health costs and will free American families from some of the crippling effects of respiratory disease, asthma attacks and other severe health problems.”

Michael Stanton, President and CEO, Global Automakers
“We have been anxiously awaiting this rulemaking because it is good for the environment and will help harmonize the federal and California programs for both vehicles and fuels.  With 15 million new vehicle sales a year, automakers need predictable national fuel quality at the retail pump.  Ultra-low sulfur gasoline is already available in California, Europe, and Japan and will enable automakers to use a broader range of technologies to meet the significant environmental challenges facing the industry.”

Mark MacLeod, Environmental Defense Fund
“The new Tier 3 standards will make our cars cleaner, and that means we’ll have cleaner air to breathe.  Reducing tailpipe pollution will provide healthier, longer lives for millions of Americans for less than a penny per gallon of gas. That’s why updating the standards has such broad support from U.S. auto makers, state health commissioners, and health advocates.”

CA Criteria for Tanks in Subsurface or Below Grade Structures

Effective January 1, 2013, AB 1566 makes changes to the UST regulatory program in California, specifically regarding the criteria for regulating tanks located in subsurface or below grade structures.

“Aboveground storage tank” or “storage tank” means a tank that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum and that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground, except that, for purposes of this chapter, “aboveground storage tank” or “storage tank” includes a tank in an underground area.

“Underground storage tank” means any one or combination of tanks, including pipes connected thereto, that is used for the storage of hazardous substances and that is substantially or totally beneath the surface of the ground.

Discussions regarding vaulted tanks and tanks in basements have been going on the last few years, with discrepancies between tank owners and the State Water Resources Control Board regarding whether an AST located in an underground area, such as a basement, cellar or pit, should be considered a UST, and when that should happen.

Assembly Bill No. 1566 is “An act to amend Sections 25270.2, 25270.4, 25270.12, 25281, and 25281.6 of, and to add Sections 25270.4.1, 25270.12.1, and 25270.12.5 to, the Health and Safety Code, relating to aboveground storage tanks.”

This Flow Chart is a straightforward way to define whether a tank will be classified as a UST or an AST.

Flow Chart of AB 1566 UST Provisions

For more information, and to read the bill, go to the Official California Legislative Information website.