WASHINGTONThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final regulation strengthening federal underground storage tank (UST) requirements to improve prevention and detection of petroleum leaks.
These changes will better protect people's health and benefit the environment in communities across the country, said Mathy Stanislaus, EPA assistant administrator for the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.
There are hundreds of thousands of petroleum USTs in the U.S., the EPA said. Gasoline stations, convenience stores and other retail establishments have the largest USTs, but non-retail facilities that service taxis, buses, trucks, limousines, boats, vans and heavy equipment also have them, the agency said.
Revised UST requirements include:
Adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping;
Adding operator training requirements;
Adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements;
Removing past deferrals for emergency generator tanks, airport hydrant systems and field-constructed tanks;
Updating codes of practice; and
Updating state program approval requirements to incorporate the changes to the regulations.