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Underground Service Tanks: Implementation Schedule for 2015 requirements in Non-SPA States.

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There is some confusion among members regarding the implementation time frames for states without program approval (non-SPA states) to comply with EPA’s UST requirements. In particular, members and the regulated community want to understand when UST owners in non-SPA states will be required to conduct the first test or inspection of the following:

  • Spill prevention equipment (test)
  • Overfill prevention equipment (inspection)
  • Containment sump testing for sumps used for piping interstitial monitoring
  • Release detection equipment (test)
  • Walkthrough (inspection)

Underground Storage Tanks - UST

The deadline for UST owners and operators in non-SPA states to conduct their first test or inspection of the equipment mentioned above is October 13, 2018. The non-SPA states include AZ, CA, FL, IL, KY, MI, NJ, NY, OH, RI, WI, and WY. EPA has published a brochure that highlights the implementation time frames to meet the 2015 federal UST requirements.

The Steel Tank Institute-Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI-SPFA) has produced a new educational brochure for owners and operators of UST systems. The brochure encourages owners and operators to monitor and inspect their fuel storage systems frequently for water to maintain quality product and reduce business risk. The brochure features easy-to-understand text, an illustration of where water enters USTs, and a list of additional resources.

This article was originally produced in the Petroleum Equipment Institute Newsletter on August 15, 2016