Virginia Hazardous Substance Storage regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Hazardous Substance Storage: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Definitions: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-31-10

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Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs): 9 VAC 25-91-10 to 25-91-220

Adoption of federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasures (SPCC) plan: 9 VAC 25-91-220

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. "Hazardous substances" is a broad classification that includes hazardous materials, hazardous chemicals, hazardous wastes, and petroleum products. The state has adopted the federal definition of "hazardous substance." See the national section HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE STORAGE for additional guidance.

Virginia has adopted the National Fire Protection Association Code 30 and 30A that apply to the installation of ASTs. In addition, the state regulations require registration of facilities and individual ASTs within the state, pollution prevention plans, oil discharge contingency plans, and requirements for the development of groundwater characterization studies. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a review of these requirements.

Virginia's storage tank program is more stringent than the federal program, including state permitting and inspection requirements. See the state section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS for additional information.

Virginia follows the U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for the storage and packaging of hazardous materials during transportation. See the national section HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TRANSPORTERS for a review of ...

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