Governing Law and Regulations
New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Environmental Protection Division Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
PSTB District Offices
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. New Mexico's petroleum storage tank regulations govern both aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and underground storage tanks (USTs) and are therefore stricter than federal rules. New Mexico requires a written plan that is specific to each petroleum storage tank facility. In addition, the state’s fire code requires approval from the state fire marshal to install any new AST system.
It is important to determine the existence of any permitting requirements of a local ordinance that incorporates provisions of national and state fire and building codes. At a minimum, most ASTs need to meet state and local fire codes, which usually have some mix of construction, installation, operation, and maintenance requirements that are intended to prevent fires and other hazards that can ...