Virginia Leak Detection regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Leak Detection: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia hazardous waste management regulations: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-60-270 (Adoption of the federal regulations under 40 CFR 270)

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Underground storage tank (UST) rules: 9 VAC 20-60-260 (Adoption of the federal regulations under 40 CFR 260), 9 VAC 25-580-130, and 9 VAC 25-580-190

Construction and operational requirements of aboveground storage tanks (AST): 9 VAC 25-91-140

Closure of ASTs: 9 VAC 25-91-140

Chlorine disinfection in public drinking water systems: 12 VAC 5-590-1000

Petroleum and Hazardous Substance USTs: 9 VAC 25-580-130

Regulatory Agency

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia State Water Control Board (SWCB)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia has adopted the federal leak detection system rules. Virginia's pollution control rules include leak detection standards as a safeguard for preventing spills, releases, and unnecessary contamination. The specific leak detection system standards vary depending on the type of unit or facility. See the national section LEAK DETECTION for a review of general and federal leak detection requirements.

Landfills and surface impoundments. All hazardous waste landfills and surface impoundments have to have a leak detection system as part of their liner system. See the state sections LANDFILLS and SURFACE IMPOUNDMENTS for additional guidance.

Hazardous waste containers. Containers, such as 55-gallon drums or barrels, storing hazardous waste are required to have a containment system for leak detection. For information on those containment system requirements, see the state section CONTAINERS

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