Governing Law and Regulations
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
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See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Pennsylvania's leak detection rules generally follow federal standards, with additional rules for underground and aboveground storage tanks. State air rules require regular monitoring for fugitive emissions. Specific leak detection system standards vary depending on the type of unit or facility. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of federal leak detection requirements.
The state has adopted federal hazardous waste regulations that cover leak detection in a variety of areas. All hazardous waste landfills and surface impoundments must have a leak detection system as part of their design. See the state section LANDFILLS for more information. Leak detection systems for hazardous waste storage tanks or drums are referred to as secondary containment. For information on containment system requirements, see the state section CONTAINERS. In addition, to ensure that hazardous waste stored in tanks does not contribute to air pollution, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires hazardous waste storage ...