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EPA/SWER RIN: 2050-AG46 Publication ID: Spring 2015 
Title: Revising Underground Storage Tank Regulations--Revisions to Existing Requirements and New Requirements for Secondary Containment and Operator Training 

The Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations were first promulgated in 1988 primarily to prevent releases from retail petroleum marketers (gas stations) and other facilities into the environment. These regulations have reduced the incidents of contamination. However, there is a need to revise the regulations to incorporate changes to the UST program from the Energy Policy Act of 2005, as well as to update outdated portions of the regulations due to changes in technology since the 1980s. On August 8, 2005, President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct). Title XV, subtitle B of this act (entitled the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005), amends subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the original legislation that created the UST program. There are key provisions of the EPAct that apply to States receiving federal UST funding but do not apply in Indian Country, including requirements for secondary containment and operator training. The EPA will also use our knowledge of the program gained over the last 20 years to update and revise the regulations to make targeted changes to improve implementation and prevent UST releases. In the NPRM, the EPA proposed: adding secondary containment requirements for new and replaced tanks and piping, adding operator training requirements, adding periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems, removing certain deferral, adding new release prevention and detection technologies, updating codes of practice, making editorial and technical corrections, and updating state program approval requirements to incorporate these new changes.

Agency: Environmental Protection Agency(EPA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: State, local, or tribal governments; Private Sector 
CFR Citation: 40 CFR 280 and 281   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6991   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/18/2011  76 FR 71708   
NPRM Comment Period Extended  02/15/2012  77 FR 8757   
Final Rule  05/00/2015 
Additional Information: Docket #:EPA-HQ-UST-2011-0301
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-UST-2011-0301-0001  
Sectors Affected: 111 Crop Production; 112 Animal Production and Aquaculture; 2211 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution; 31-33 Manufacturing; 42 Wholesale Trade; 44-45 Retail Trade; 447 Gasoline Stations; 481 Air Transportation; 483 Water Transportation; 484 Truck Transportation; 485 Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation; 486 Pipeline Transportation; 48811 Airport Operations; 622 Hospitals; 72 Accommodation and Food Services 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Elizabeth McDermott
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 603-7175
Fax:703 603-0175

Paul Miller
Environmental Protection Agency
Solid Waste and Emergency Response
Washington, DC 20460
Phone:703 603-7165
Fax:703 603-0175