Governing Law and Regulations
South Dakota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8
Local fire departments
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved South Dakota’s underground storage tank (UST) program on May 15, 1995. State rules follow federal rules and require notice to the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for new installation, transfer of tank ownership, and permanent closure. South Dakota has adopted the federal UST regulations as revised in 2015, including the requirements for secondary containment, operation and maintenance, delivery prohibition, operator training, and financial responsibility.
· Administration and enforcement. The DENR administers and enforces the UST rules in South Dakota. UST owners or operators should also contact local fire, building, and health agencies to ensure compliance with all local ordinances.