On Nov. 15, 2017, TCEQ commissioners approved publication of the proposed rules for petroleum storage tanks.
The proposed rulemaking amends Title 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334. This required rulemaking will incorporate necessary changes to 30 TAC Chapter 334 in accordance with the EPA’s 2015 revisions to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Part 280.
The rule revisions include:
- Periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems to conduct walkthrough inspections and test UST system components,
- New requirements to annually test specific release-detection equipment,
- Changes to comply with existing EPA release-detection requirements to monitor at least every 30 days (instead of every 35 days), and
- Minor rule revisions relating to the fee on delivery of petroleum products to reflect changes that were statutorily implemented in the Texas Water Code in 2015.
The public comment period will be Dec. 1, 2017 through Jan. 9, 2018. Comments may be submitted electronically beginning Dec. 1, 2017.
A formal public rule hearing is also scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Jan. 9, 2018, at the TCEQ’s Central Office located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, TX 78753, in Building E, Conference Room 201S.