North Dakota Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes 30 and 30A

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Public fuel-dispensing facilities: North Dakota Century Code (NDCC) 23-13-16

Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Fund: NDCC 23-37-01 to 23-37-30 and North Dakota Administrative Code (NDAC) 45-10-02

Regulatory Agency

State Fire Marshal’s Office

North Dakota Department of Insurance Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Fund

North Dakota State Health Department Environmental Health Section Division of Municipal Facilities

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

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Comparison: State vs. Federal
  • Rules. In North Dakota, a number of different state and federal rules regulate aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), depending on size, location, use of tank, and product stored. The North Dakota Fire Marshal’s Office requires preinstallation application for public fuel-dispensing sites, and has established general requirements for tanks installed at government and commercial sites.
  • North Dakota has a Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Fund that may reimburse the tank owner for certain cleanup activities if a leak or release is discovered.

    The state has adopted the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes 30 and 30A and other standards related to the design, construction, and safe operation of ASTs. See the national section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for an overview of NFPA codes and other industry standards applicable to ASTs.

    Certain facilities with a capacity of oil greater than 1,320 gallons (gal) in aboveground storage must also comply with the federal oil spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements. See the national section SPILL ...

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