Georgia Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Georgia Hazardous Site Response Act, Code of Georgia Annotated (CGA) 12-8-90 to 12-8-97 and Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia (GRR) 391-3-19-.01 to 391-3-19-.09 and Appendices at 391-3-19, Appendices I, II, III, and IV

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Hazardous substance underground storage tanks (USTs): GRR 391-3-15-.10

Regulatory Agency

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4

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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous wastes, toxic pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and certain hazardous chemical substances or mixtures. Therefore, no one set of state rules regulates every aspect of the storage of hazardous substances. Rather, several state rules individually regulate the storage of hazardous materials, hazardous chemicals, hazardous wastes, and petroleum products. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

Georgia's Hazardous Site Response Act defines "hazardous substance" as any substance listed under 40 CFR 302.4 or any substance listed under 40 CFR 355, Appendix A.

Aboveground petroleum storage. Georgia has adopted National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code 30 and NFPA Code 30A and requires plan review by the state fire marshal prior to installation of certain aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a discussion of state AST rules.

Community right to know. Georgia follows the federal community right-to-know laws. The only ...

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