Virginia Underground Storage Tanks regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Underground Storage Tanks: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Virginia Groundwater Management Act: Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-254 et seq.

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Virginia underground storage tank (UST) regulations: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 25-580-10 to 25-580-360

Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Sec. 105.1

Permitting and inspection: 9 VAC 25-580-50

Notification requirements: 9 VAC 25-580-70

General operating standards:

Corrosion protection: 9 VAC 25-580-90

Leak detection: 9 VAC 25-580-160 and 9 VAC 25-580-170

Secondary containment: 9 VAC 25-580-140 and 9 VAC 25-580-150

Corrective Action Plan: 9 VAC 25-580-280

Operator training: 9 VAC 25-580-125

Delivery prohibition: 9 VAC 25-580-370


Permits: 9 VAC 25-580-310

Notice: 9 VAC 25-580-320

Assessing the site: 9 VAC 25-580-330

Financial responsibility: 9 VAC 25-590-10 to 25-590-260

Petroleum Storage Tank Fund: 9 VAC 25-590-210

Regulatory Agency

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Land Protection and Revitalization Petroleum Tank Program

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia's UST rules are more stringent than the federal regulations. In addition, Virginia has its own UST permitting and inspection requirements and requires permits for corrective action plans.

DEQ has adopted the federal delivery prohibition, secondary containment, and UST operator training provisions under the federal Energy Policy Act of 2005, Title XV, Subtitle B, known as the UST Compliance Act (USTCA). For more information and access to EPA USTCA guidance documents, see the national section UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS.

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