Hawaii Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Hawaii Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 342L and regulations at Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) 11-280.1-1 to 11-280.1-429

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Applicability: 11-280.1-10

Notification: HAR 11-280.1-34

Permits: HRS 342L-4.5 and HAR 11-280.1-323 to 11-280.1-335

Variances: HAR 11-280.1-332 to 11-280.1-334

Fees: HAR 11-280.1-335

Design, construction, and installation:

Under dispenser containment: HAR 11-280.1-25

Secondary containment: HAR 11-280.1-20 and HAR 11-280.1-24

Release detection: HAR 11-280.1-40 to 11-280.1-46

Records: HAR 11-280.1-45

Operation and maintenance: HAR 11-280.1-31 to 11-280.1-38 and HAR 11-280.1-40

Release reporting:

Suspected releases: HAR 11-280.1-50 to 11-280.1-52

Spills and overfills: HAR 11-280.1-53

Corrective Action: HAR 11-280.1-60 to 11-280.1-67

Closure: HAR 11-280.1-70 to 11-280.1-75

Operator training: HAR 11-280.1-240 to 11-280.1-245

Delivery prohibition: HAR 11-280.1-429

Field Citations: 11-280.1-422

Financial responsibility: HAR 11-280.1-90 to 11-280.1-115

Recordkeeping: 11-280.1-34(d)

Regulatory Agencies

Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch UST Section

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted Hawaii state underground storage tank (UST) program approval in 2002. State UST rules generally follow federal requirements, with stricter requirements for permits, fees, and other general requirements. Hawaii adopted delivery prohibition and inspection requirements in response to the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005. Hawaii has also adopted the federal UST rules as revised in 2015.

· Administration and enforcement. The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) ...


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