Maryland Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and American Petroleum Institute (API) standards: Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)

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Maryland Oil Pollution Control Act, Maryland Code Annotated, Environmental (Md. Code Ann., Envir.) 4-401 et seq.

Permits: COMAR

Permit application: COMAR

Cleanup plan: COMAR

Permit conditions: COMAR

Aboveground storage tank (AST) construction: COMAR

Emergency holding area: COMAR

Operating requirements: COMAR

Regulatory Agencies

Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Oil Control Program

Maryland Department of State Police Office of the State Fire Marshal

Local governments and fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Maryland has adopted by reference NFPA Codes 30 and 30A and API standards for aboveground oil storage facilities. ASTs with capacities of 1,000 gallons (gal) of used oil or 10,000 gal or more of virgin oil are required to have oil operations permits issued by MDE's Oil Control Program. Maryland has developed its own program for reporting oil spills. See the state section OIL SPILLS for more information.

Administration and enforcement. MDE's Oil Control Program is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's AST regulations. The State Fire Marshal and MDE regulate AST siting, installation, permitting, and operation, as well as the appropriate federal and local agencies.

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