Texas Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): 2 Texas Water Code (TWC) 26.341 et seq. and 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 334.121 to 334.132

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

Applicability: 30 TAC 334.121 to 334.124

Exemptions: 30 TAC 334.123

Exclusions: 30 TAC 334.124

Registration: 30 TAC 334.127

Annual fees: 30 TAC 334.128

Notification: 30 TAC 334.126

Release reporting: 30 TAC 334.129 and 30 TAC 334.72

Petroleum Storage Tank Remediation (PSTR) Fund: 30 TAC 334.301

Retail service stations: Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 753.001 to 753.011 Regulatory Agencies

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Office of Permitting, Remediation and Registration Registration, Review and Reporting Division

Texas State Fire Marshal's Office

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. In addition to federal laws that regulate aboveground storage tanks (ASTs), Texas has specific rules for ASTs containing petroleum products. Texas prohibits the storage of any flammable liquid at a retail gas station in an AST that has a gross capacity over 60 gallons (gal). Local ordinances should also be reviewed since some municipal laws may prohibit ASTs that store flammable liquids and other substances. For storage tanks containing hazardous wastes, see the state section HAZWASTE STORAGE AND TREATMENT TANKS for additional guidance.

Note: Special rules apply to owners or operators installing, repairing, or replacing tanks in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. For details, see 30 TAC 213.5.

Administration and enforcement. The TCEQ administers ...

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