Governing Law and Regulations
West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Division of Water and Waste Management
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
West Virginia Department of Agriculture
West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Groundwater Program regulates aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) under the Department's groundwater protection regulations, which cover sumps and tanks. See the state section GROUNDWATER for additional groundwater protection practices.
The state has adopted the National Fire Code and supplements published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The fire code incorporates by reference NFPA Codes 30 and 30A establishing standards for AST construction, design, and installation. However, the state fire marshal may grant a variance allowing the installation of ASTs if the tank owner complies with the conditions of the Temporary Interim Amendment to the NFPA codes. Local authorities may also adopt stricter requirements for ASTs. Contact your local fire department for details.
For some facilities, ASTs must be in compliance with federal Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations under the Clean Water Act. SPCC rules require a plan, including training, operations and ...