Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4
Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Environmental Protection Division
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Georgia has not established any state-specific spill prevention plans in addition to the federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan requirements. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information on the federal program. The state has additional spill prevention requirements for new aboveground chemical or petroleum storage tanks located in significant groundwater recharge areas.
• Administration and enforcement. The EPA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the federal SPCC plan requirements. Copies of the federal SPCC plans are filed with DNR's Environmental Protection Division. The DNR is responsible for the Significant Groundwater Recharge Program.
GROUNDWATER RECHARGE AREAS
The state has developed regulations for spill prevention requirements for new aboveground chemical or petroleum storage tanks located in significant groundwater recharge areas. A "significant groundwater recharge area" is defined as any portion of the earth's surface where water infiltrates into the ground to replenish an aquifer and has been mapped by DNR. See the state section GROUNDWATER for more information.
New aboveground chemical or petroleum storage tanks having a minimum ...