EPA Finalizes Updated UST Regulations

EPA’s updated underground storage tanks (UST) regulations are now final and will be published soon in the Federal Register.  The new rule requirements aim to: strengthen UST spill prevention and detection practices; increase emphasis on properly operating and maintaining UST equipment; and ensure parity in implementing the national UST program. The new regulations are expected to help better prevent and detect releases from UST systems, and protect underground sources of drinking water, public health, and the environment from UST releases.  EPA now plans to seek assistance from states and other stakeholders to help implement the new rule.
To view the new UST regulations, a summary of the changes, and additional resources, visit EPA’s web site at www.epa.gov/ust/fedlaws/revregs.html.  For more information and questions, please contact Liz McDermott of EPA at mcdermott.elizabeth@epa.gov or 703-603-7175.