Governing Law and Regulations
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Land Management Administration Oil Control Program
Maryland Department of State Police Office of the State Fire Marshal
Local governments and fire departments
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Maryland has adopted by reference NFPA Codes 30 and 30A and API standards for aboveground oil storage facilities. ASTs with capacities of 1,000 gallons (gal) of used oil or 10,000 gal or more of virgin oil are required to have oil operations permits issued by MDE's Oil Control Program. Maryland has developed its own program for reporting oil spills. See the state section OIL SPILLS for more information.
• Administration and enforcement. MDE's Oil Control Program is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the state's AST regulations. The State Fire Marshal and MDE regulate AST siting, installation, permitting, and operation, as well as the appropriate federal and local agencies.