Critical UST Regs to Follow During The Coronavirus

March 27, 2020

We’re the first to admit it: keeping up with rapidly changing demands these days is hard enough without having to make sure you comply with every UST requirement.

However, there are still some simple things you can– and should– do every day, every month and as-needed. Given a little effort on your part, you can have a large impact on reducing the likelihood of a leak or spill from your UST system.

Here is our simplified UST management plan in times of emergencies. Or, put another way, Our Top 8 UST rules you should follow regardless. This is in addition to cleaning and disinfecting protocols listed here.

We sent this list to EPA’s top UST official for feedback prior to publishing. Here is what she said:

“I love your list. Hope you share it far & wide” -Carolyn Hoskinson, Director, EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks

Doing these 8 things will greatly reduce the risk of a problem impacting your customers, your staff, your property and your community. We recognize that all UST regulations are important and play a part in preventing problems, but if you can only do some of them, we’d pick these.*

Make sure:

Every Day

1. Your tank gauge is working. Check your automatic tank gauge or ATG every day. Make sure it has power, has paper and is not in alarm.

2. You respond to suspected releases. If you do have an ATG alarm or maybe you are experiencing “slow flow” at the dispenser, notify your supervisor right away.

3. Respond to and cleanup all spills ASAP. Any size spills must be cleaned up and big ones should be taken very seriously and reported to your local UST agency.

Every Month

4. Run your 30-day leak tests. You should be set up to do tank and maybe piping leak tests ever 30 days using your ATG. Keep doing that and document your results.

5. Do the 30-day walkthrough inspection.  You’ve got the forms, you probably have staff on site, and you know how to do it. Keep doing it. And file and save your results.

6. Keep your spill buckets clean and dry. At least every month or after each delivery, make sure your spill buckets and clean and dry. Properly dispose of oily water.

As Needed

7. Carefully watch your fuel deliveries. Make sure delivery drivers are using proper safety procedures (chocked wheels, safety cones, stand by the truck while filling. etc.) to prevent a tank overfill.

8. Make sure your Class A/B and C operators are properly trained. Trained operators can prevent, manage and respond to anyone of these problems listed above. We’re offering bulk discounts to help you not only stay in compliance during these difficult times but remain tank savvy.

  • Please note our intention here is to help give practical guidance during very challenging times like pandemics and natural disasters, where normal business practices may not be possible to maintain. By no means are we saying “you don’t have to comply with any and all UST rules”; full compliance should be achieved whenever possible. We just want to offer a simplified action plan that we think can help keep your UST system- and the public- safe until things return to normal.


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