Governing Law and Regulations
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Office of Remediation and Materials Management Division of Environmental Remediation
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 materials, and hazardous wastes. Refer to the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance. New York defines a "hazardous substance" as any substance hazardous to the public health, safety, or the environment, except that the term does not include petroleum.
DEC has the right to enter and inspect any storage facility where there is hazardous substance stored or records required to be maintained.
New York generally follows federal rules for hazardous substance storage, with some additional rules for hazardous waste storage tanks and underground storage tanks.
Under the state Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, New York has adopted National Fire Protection Association Code 30 and Code 30A that apply to the design and installation of aboveground storage tanks (AST). New York does not allow ASTs at retail gas stations, with few exceptions. In addition, New York has ...