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): 20.5.1 to 20.5.18 New Mexico Administrative Code (NMAC)

Definition:20.5.1.7 NMAC

Registration: 20.5.2.8 to 20.5.2.16 NMAC and 20.5.3.9 NMAC

Exemptions: 20.5.1.2 NMAC and 20.5.1.7 NMAC

Secondary containment: 20.5.1.7 NMAC and 20.5.4.15 NMAC

Operations and maintenance (O&M) Plan: 20.5.5.9 NMAC

Certification: 20.5.14.8 to 20.5.14.17 NMAC

Operator training: 20.5.18 NMAC

Operator classes: 20.5.18.8 to 20.5.18.12 NMAC

Certified operator responsibilities: 20.5.18.18 NMAC

Retraining: 20.5.18.14 NMAC and 20.5.18.15 NMAC

Leak detection: 20.5.6.1 to 20.5.6.25 NMAC

Alternate methods: 20.5.4.38 NMAC, 20.5.5.23 NMAC, 20.5.6.24 NMAC, and 20.5.18.20 NMAC

Releases: 20.5.7.1 to 20.5.7.11 NMAC

Corrective Action: 20.5.12 NMAC and 20.5.13 NMAC

Financial responsibility: 20.5.9.903 NMAC

Cleanup fund: 20.5.15 NMAC and 20.5.17 NMAC

Closure: 20.5.8 NMAC

Enforcement: 74-4-10 NMSA

Regulatory Agencies

New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Environmental Protection Division Petroleum Storage Tank Bureau (PSTB) 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’s release detection, new tank, and upgrade requirements follow federal UST regulations. New Mexico ...


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