Alaska Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Alaska Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): 18 Alaska Administrative Code (AAC) 78.005 to 78.995

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Definition: Alaska Statutes (AS) 46.03.450

Applicability: 18 AAC 78.005

Exempt tanks: 18 AAC 78.005

Registration: 18 AAC 78.015

Delivery Prohibition: 18 AAC 78.015 and 18 AAC 78.017

Inspections: 18 AAC 78.017

Release reporting and response: 18 AAC 78.200 to 78.280

Cleanup standards: 18 AAC 78.600 to 78.625

Financial responsibility: 18 AAC 78.910

Professional Certification: 18 AAC 78.400 to 78.499

Regulatory Agencies

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Spill Prevention and Response Industry Preparedness Program Underground Storage Tanks

Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) Division of Corporations, Business and Professional Licensing (DCBPL)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Alaska does not have state program approval (SPA) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Therefore, both state and federal rules apply, including all federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations as revised in 2015. State rules generally follow federal requirements, with stricter requirements for registration, spill reporting and response, site assessment, inspection, and certification. Alaska has also adopted the federal delivery prohibition and inspection requirements under the federal UST Compliance Act (USTCA).

In Alaska, there is a third-party inspection program based on state UST regulations. Although Alaska, through the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), enforces the rules of the program, the EPA has the right to enforce federal regulations within the state if this is found to be ...


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Governing Law and Regulations
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Comparison: State vs. Federal
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