Montana Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Montana Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Adoption of the Uniform Fire Code: Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) 23.12.601

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Montana Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund (Petrofund): ARM 17.57.101 to 17.57.107 and ARM 17.58.101 to 17.58.343

AST reimbursement: ARM 17.57.101 to 17.57.107

Voluntary registration: ARM 17.58.323

Regulatory Agencies

Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Remediation Division Hazardous Waste Site Cleanup Bureau (HWSCB)

DEQ Petroleum Tank Release Compensation Board (Board)

Montana Department of Justice (DOJ) Fire Prevention and Investigation Bureau

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Montana has adopted the Uniform Fire Code for regulation of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and allows owners or operators of certain ASTs to participate in the Petrofund.

The state has established the Montana Petroleum Tank Release Cleanup Fund, known as Petrofund, which satisfies a portion of the financial responsibility requirements for eligible tank owners. Montana has state-specific rules governing registrations, permits, inspections, fees, and installer licensing for owners and operators who want to qualify for a reduced deductible and reimbursement under the Petrofund.

A spill prevention control and countermeasure (SPCC) plan is required for ASTs of a certain capacity that contain oil. See the state section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for additional plan guidance.

Montana's underground storage tank (UST) rules are similar to the federal EPA rules and outline the specifications of UST system construction, design, operation, ...


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Montana Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

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