Governing Law and Regulations
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Tank Compliance and Assistance Program
Minnesota Department of Commerce Petroleum Release Compensation Board
Minnesota Department of Public Safety State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD)
Local municipal boards and commissions
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Minnesota regulates all aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) that store liquid substances that may pollute the waters of the state. Facilities with a capacity of 1 million gallons (gal) or more are required to obtain permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Minnesota requires various safeguard actions to prevent spills and leaks from ASTs, such as secondary containment, corrosion protection and overfill protection, and tank monitoring. The level of protection required depends on the type of product stored, the size of the tank, and the date that the tank was installed.
Under federal regulations, ASTs with a total oil storage capacity of greater than 1,320 gal must meet Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for a summary of plan requirements.
• Administration and enforcement. The MPCA administers and enforces its ...