North Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

North Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Oil terminal facility registration: North Carolina General Statute (N.C. Gen. Stat.) 143-215.96

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Solid waste leachate storage requirements: N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-138 and regulations at 15A North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC) 13B.1680

Regulatory Agencies

North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of the State Fire Marshal

North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Waste Management

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. There is currently no single federal law that regulates aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). See the national section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for the various federal regulations that govern ASTs. Currently, North Carolina has no environmental regulations for the installation, construction, permitting, or monitoring of ASTs. ASTs are required to be registered with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) only if they meet the definition of an "oil terminal facility."

AST construction standards are addressed in the North Carolina Building Code, Chapter 22 of the North Carolina Fire Code, and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 30 and 30A.

Under federal regulation, certain ASTs are required to develop and implement spill prevention, control, and countermeasure plans. See the national section SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN for more information.

The DEQ has established certain AST regulations under its solid waste management regulations for leachate storage.

Administration and enforcement. DEQ's Division of Waste Management is responsible for the oversight of ASTs, including the enforcement of the state's leachate storage rules. The Chief Fire ...

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North Carolina Aboveground Storage Tanks Resources

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