New Mexico Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

New Mexico Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

New Mexico Statutes Annotated (NMSA) 50-9-1

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Underground storage tanks (USTs): 20.5.101 to 20.5.125 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC)

Definition: NMAC

Registration and fees: 20.5.102 NMAC and 20.5.103 NMAC

Notification: 20.5.107 NMAC and 20.5.115 NMAC

Secondary containment: NMAC

Spill and overfill prevention: NMAC

Leak detection: to NMAC, 20.5.113 NMAC, and 20.5.114 NMAC

Alternate methods: NMAC

Operations and maintenance: 20.5.107 NMAC

Operations and maintenance plan: NMAC

Hybrid storage tank systems: 20.5.114 NMAC

Professional certification: 20.5.105 NMAC

Operator training: 20.5.104 NMAC

Retraining: NMAC

Releases: 20.5.118 NMAC

Corrective Action: : to NMAC

Financial responsibility: 20.5.117 NMAC

Cleanup fund: 20.5.121 NMAC

Closure: 20.5.115 NMAC

Enforcement: 74-4-10 NMSA

Delivery prohibition: 20.5.116 NMAC

Regulatory Agencies

(NMED) New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board (EIB)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

PSTB District Offices

Comparison: State vs. Federal

· Rules. New Mexico obtained authorization from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its state underground storage tank (UST) regulatory program in 1996. The state petroleum storage tank regulations govern both USTs and aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and are therefore stricter than federal rules. See the state section ABOVEGROUND STORAGE TANKS for a review of AST rules. The state follows the federal requirements for UST technical standards, operation and maintenance, release detection, operator training, release reporting and investigation, and operator training as revised in ...

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