June 12, 2012 Deadline for AST/UST Systems on Federal and Aboriginal Lands

If you are the owner or operator of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) and/or underground storage tanks (USTs) on Federal or Aboriginal lands, you are probably aware of the rapidly approaching deadline (June 12, 2012).

Some of the specific deadline requirements include the following:

  • USTs that are installed “above ground” or within an open secondary containment must be withdrawn from service by June 12th.
  • Partially buried or bunker tanks must be withdrawn from service by June 12th.
  • ASTs that are buried, partially buried, or within a filled secondary containment must be withdrawn from service by June 12th.  
  • Existing single walled USTs must be removed by June 12th UNLESS they have cathodic protection, leak detection equipment and groundwater or vapour monitoring wells.
  • Product transfer areas are to be designed to capture spillage during the transfer of product.

Here are some reminders to maintain compliance: 

  • Maintain your inventory control records.
  • Keep an ongoing log of any maintenance activities.
  • Implement and document your engineering controls (to prevent loss).
  • Make sure you have an emergency plan in place.
  • If you have any reporting obligations, make sure you do so promptly and again, keep records.

Of course, if you know of leaks in your storage tank system(s), take the tank out of service immediately. 

A release from an AST/UST can quickly become a catastrophic event for owner/operators, costing tens-of-thousands, if not hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to remediate soil and/or groundwater.  A properly designed and engineered fuel storage system will significantly reduce the risks associated with operating these systems.

If you have any questions about AST/UST compliance, contact Christopher Paré (cpare@dragun.com) at 519-979-7300.

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