Governing Law and Regulations
Incorporation of building codes and fire prevention codes: Mississippi Code Annotated (MS Code Ann.) 45-11-101 to 45-11-111 and MS Code Ann. 45-11-03
Mississippi Department of Insurance Mississippi State Fire Marshal's Office
Local fire departments
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. In Mississippi, all aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) are regulated by EPA Region 4's Emergency Response Program. Mississippi has no specific AST regulations. However, Mississippi incorporates the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) standard fire prevention code and references the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A for oil storage on state facilities. SBCCI generally only applies to ASTs located in state buildings or in places of public assembly.
Most local authorities regulate ASTs on public property. Local rules must be at least as stringent as the state code. Most local authorities in Mississippi have adopted the SBCCI code as part of their local building code.
Federal rules require owners of certain ASTs that contain petroleum products and meet federal threshold capacity criteria to prepare and implement spill prevention and countermeasures (SPCC) plans. See the national sections SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN, UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS, and ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for further information.
For tanks that contain hazardous waste, see the state section HAZWASTE STORAGE AND TREATMENT TANKS for a discussion of these types of tank requirements. ...