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2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations

We’ve been waiting for years for the update to finally be announced, and here it is: The requirements implemented on the effective date of the final UST regulation are those that either do not require significant education and outreach or apply to new installations, repairs, or releases. EPA is allowing up to three years for owners and operators to implement the requirements that require significant outreach, equipment to be upgraded or installed (such as for previously deferred UST systems), or scheduling and testing. During those three years, the regulatory/implementing agencies shall educate owners and operators about today’s new requirements and allow owners and operators to schedule testing. The exception to implementing the requirements immediately or in three years is that EPA is implementing the secondary containment requirement 180 days after the effective date of the UST regulation.

Keep in mind, we do not have the effective date, yet. We do know it will be soon, maybe tomorrow!

Here are the Implementation Time Frames for the New Requirements in an easy to read chart – Immediately, 180 days or Three Years

Chart of Implementation Time Frames for New Requirements

9 Note that EPA is requiring owners and operators to also submit a one-time notification of existence for these UST systems within 3 years of the effective date of today’s final UST regulation.

States with Approved UST Programs are going to have to incorporate the changes to the UST technical regulations.  They will have three years to reapply in order to retain their SPA status. Owners and operators in these states must continue to follow their state requirements until the state changes its requirements or until the state’s SPA status changes.
Map showing states with EPA State Program Approval

That means there will be three years grace period before we start seeing enforcement/NOVs for some of the required changes.

The owners and operators in 16 non-SPA states and territories must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation. In addition, owners and operators will need to follow their state requirements. Indian country UST owners and operators must meet the federal requirements according to the schedule in the 2015 UST regulation.

Here is a Comparison that shows the 2015 Revised UST Regulations versus the 1988 UST Regulations. It’s a 10 page PDF Spreadsheet showing the highlights of the full 468 page document, called the Prepublication version of the final UST regulations. Some forms you may want to review are the New Ownership Change Notification Form and the Updated Notification Form. TAIT recommends all Owners and Operators download and read the updated MUSTs for USTs which provides a nice straightforward explanation of requirements when owning and working with underground storage tanks.

TAIT is an expert in and has been working with fueling systems and Underground Storage Tanks for over 50 years. Our Regulatory Affairs Manager Brian Harmon focuses on the regulatory environment and upcoming changes and his comments are integral to regulation changes such as this. ASK US your questions. Allow us to bid on your tank projects. Before making any quick decisions, let’s discuss your situation and your tanks and we can provide guidance on the most cost effective way to move forward to get you in compliance with the current and new regulations.

Visit the EPA’s Underground Storage Tanks 2015 Revised Underground Storage Tank Regulations page for all the details

In June 2015, EPA issued the 2015 underground storage tank regulation and the 2015 state program approval regulation. The revisions strengthen the 1988 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations by increasing emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment. The revisions will help prevent and detect UST releases, which are a leading source of groundwater contamination. The revisions will also help ensure all USTs in the United States, including those in Indian country, meet the same minimum standards. This is the first major revision to the federal UST regulations since 1988.

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EPA Strategic Plan Charts Direction for Next Four Years

One thing that stood out to me in their five strategic initiatives was Protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance. This brings the upcoming underground storage tank regulations to mind. Though in the news and discussions throughout the industry for the past year and a half, the “rest of the country” (outside of CA) is just now beginning to see the effects of local regulators enforcing the Energy Act of 2005.

TAIT’s long history of experience with the stricter regulations in California is one reason we are the trusted advisor to many national clients. More than a knowledge base, TAIT has “boots on the ground” in the form of technicians that perform routine inspections, maintenance, testing and repairs. Our design and construction of new fuel systems begins the process, and we serve until the end, removing, closing permanently in place and remediating fuel system sites. Contact us to learn more about how we can help to educate and assist you in transitioning to be in compliance to avoid NOVs and fees.

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April 10, 2014

EPA Strategic Plan Charts Direction for Next Four Years

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2014 to 2018 Strategic Plan today, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA’s mission to protect public health and the environment across the country.

The plan envisions a new era of partnerships with state and local governments, tribes, federal agencies, businesses, and industry leaders to achieve environmental benefits in a pragmatic, collaborative way.

“EPA will address the increasingly complex array of environmental challenges we face by advancing a rigorous research and development agenda that informs and supports our policy and decision making with timely and innovative technology and sustainable solutions,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We are heeding President Obama’s call for action on climate change, the biggest challenge for our generation and those to come by building strong partnerships at home and around the world. We are working to mitigate this threat by reducing carbon pollution and other greenhouse-gas emissions and by focusing on efficiency improvements in homes, buildings and appliances.”

The five strategic goals in EPA’s plan include:

• Addressing climate change and improving air quality;
• Protecting America’s waters;
• Cleaning up communities and advancing sustainable development;
• Ensuring the safety of chemicals and preventing pollution; and
• Protecting human health and the environment by enforcing laws and assuring compliance.

The agency will continue to deliver significant health benefits to the American public through improved air quality and reduced emissions of toxic pollutants, and will take action to keep communities safe and healthy by reducing risks associated with exposure to toxic chemicals in commerce, our indoor and outdoor environments, products, and food.

The agency will also continue efforts to improve water quality, given the nation’s significant water infrastructure needs, focusing on common sense, flexible approaches that rely on sustainable solutions, such as green infrastructure, and build resiliency to help us adapt to the effects of a changing climate.

The plan prioritizes environmental justice, continuing to focus on urban, rural, and economically disadvantaged communities, to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, race, economic status, or ethnicity, has access to clean water, clean air, and the opportunity to live, work and play in healthy communities.

To achieve the outcomes articulated in the FY 2014-2018 Plan, the agency outlined four cross-agency strategies:

• Working toward a sustainable future;
• Working to make a visible difference in communities;
• Launching a new era of state, tribal, local, and international partnerships; and
• Embracing EPA as a high-performing organization.

The EPA developed the FY 2014-2018 Strategic Plan in accordance with the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) Modernization Act of 2010. Reflecting the agency’s interest in reaching out to stakeholders and communities, the EPA requested input on a draft plan last winter from over 800 organizations and individuals and issued a Federal Register Notice to solicit broad public feedback. As appropriate, the EPA incorporated suggestions and comments received in the final Plan.

More information on the Strategic Plan is available at: http://www2.epa.gov/planandbudget/strategicplan