Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements:

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Clean Air Act (CAA):

Air emissions standards: 40 CFR 60K, 40 CFR 60Ka, and 40 CFR 60XX

Risk management plans: 40 CFR 68

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), 42 USC 11001 to 11050, and 40 CFR 350 to 372

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 USC 9601 and 40 CFR 302.3

Oil spill prevention: Clean Water Act (CWA), 33 USC 1251 to 1387 and Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), 33 USC 2701 to 2762

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans: 40 CFR 112

Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), 42 USC 6901 to 6992k

Hazardous waste tanks: 40 CFR 260.10 and 40 CFR 264.190 to 264.200

Used oil requirements: 40 CFR 279.54

Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements:

Natural gas storage tanks: 49 CFR 193

Pipeline breakout tanks: 49 CFR 195

Field-erected tanks: 49 CFR 172

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements:

Flammable liquids: 29 CFR 1910.106, 29 CFR 1910.110, and 29 CFR 1926.152

Regulatory Agencies

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

International Code Council (ICC)

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

Overview of Aboveground Storage Tank Regulation

There is no uniform federal program that regulates aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). A complex overlapping network of miscellaneous federal statutes and regulations directly or indirectly governs tanks as well as local requirements imposed by state and local authorities. For the most part, the ...


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Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

Type Title
Checklists Tank In-Service Inspection Checklist
Forms UST/AST Registration
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