Montana Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Aboveground storage tanks (AST): Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 17.57.101 to 17.57.107

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Montana Underground Storage Tank (UST) Act, Montana Code Annotated (MCA) 75-11-501 to 75-11-526

Montana UST Installer Licensing and Permitting Act, MCA 75-11-201 to 75-11-232

Hazardous substance releases: MCA 75-10-701 to 75-10-752

Hazardous wastes: ARM 17.53.101 to 17.53.1401

UST petroleum and chemical substances: ARM 17.56.101 to 17.56.1426

Aboveground storage tanks (AST): ARM 17.57.101 to 17.57.107

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Local fire departments

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substance" is a broad classification that includes hazardous chemicals, hazardous wastes, and petroleum products. Montana generally follows federal rules for hazardous substance storage. See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

Montana has adopted the federal definition of hazardous substance under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). CERCLA authorized EPA to respond to and remedy polluted sites and created the Hazardous Substance Superfund to pay for site cleanups when there was no clear-cut responsible entity to do so. For an overview of Superfund, see the state section SUPERFUND.

Montana regulates ASTs under the state fire code. Montana has adopted the Uniform Fire Code. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for details.

Montana's UST program follows the federal program, except that it covers additional types of tanks and contains several ...

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