Ohio Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Ohio Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Underground storage tanks (USTs): Ohio Revised Code Annotated (ORCA) 3737.87 to 3737.99, ORCA 3737-1-04, and regulations at Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 1301:7-9-01 to 1301:7-9-17

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Applicability: OAC 1301:7-9-01

Exemptions: OAC 1301:7-9-01(D)


Existing and previously deferred USTs: OAC 1301:7-9-04(B) and OAC 1301:7-9-04(D)

New USTs: OAC 1301:7-9-04(C)

Registration fees: OAC 1301:7-9-04

Transfer of ownership: OAC 1301:7-9-04(E)

Changes of product: OAC 1301:7-9-04(F)

Permits: OAC 1301:7-9-10

Design, construction, and installation: OAC 1301:7-9-06 and OAC 1301:7-9-07

Operation and maintenance: OAC 1301:7-9-06 and OAC 1301:7-9-07

Delivery prohibition: OAC 1301:7-9-18

Release reporting: OAC 1301:7-9-13

Corrective action: OAC 1301:7-9-13 to 1301:7-9-17

Financial responsibility: ORCA 3737.91, ORCA 3737.92, OAC 1301:7-9-05, and OAC 3737-1-01 to 3737-1-23

Closure: OAC 1301:7-9-12


UST installer: OAC 1301:7-9-11

UST inspector: OAC 1301:7-9-15

Operator training: OAC 1301:7-9-19

Regulatory Agencies

Ohio Department of Commerce Division of State Fire Marshal Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations (BUSTR)

Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Release Compensation Board (Board) Petroleum Financial Assurance Fund

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Although Ohio has not received federal U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approval of its underground storage tank (UST) program, the state UST rules generally follow the federal regulations as revised in 2015 and incorporate the federal requirements for design, construction, and installation; operation and maintenance; financial responsibility; and operator training. In ...

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