Is Your Facility Ready for the EPA UST Regulation Deadline?

The Countdown Has Begun

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) updated regulations surrounding underground storage tank (UST) facilities for the first time since 1988. The new rules, which affect nearly every UST facility in some way, were put in place to prevent and better detect leaks and releases. While most of the rules have been in place since 2015, a few of the major requirements included in the new regulations won’t go into effect for a majority of facilities until October 13, 2018—a deadline that is fast approaching.

What Goes Into Effect on October 13?

Operator Training – In addition to designating a Class A and Class B operator at your facility to ensure the smooth operation and maintenance of equipment, you will need at least one Class C operator on site at all times who is trained to respond to emergency spills.

Walkthrough Inspections – Once a month, you will be required to conduct a walkthrough inspection of your facility to check your release detection equipment and spill prevention equipment. Additionally, you will need to conduct an annual inspection to check sumps for damages, leaks and releases. You will also be responsible for maintaining records of each walkthrough for at least one year.

Overfill Prevention Equipment Inspections – Once at least every three years, you will be required to inspect your overfill prevention equipment to ensure that it activates at the correct level in your tank. You will need to maintain inspection records for a minimum of three years.

Spill Prevention Equipment & Containment Sump Testing – Unless you use double-walled spill containment equipment that is periodically monitored (in most cases, every 30 days), you will need to test your spill prevention equipment every three years to make sure it’s liquid-tight. Again, you’ll need to keep records of the tests for three years. If your system does not require testing because your equipment is monitored, you will be responsible for maintaining those records to prove the integrity of your system.

Release Detection Equipment Testing –  All electrical and mechanical components of your release detection equipment must be tested annually. This includes automatic tank gauges, probes and sensors, leak detectors, vacuum pumps and pressure gauges, and hand-held sampling equipment.  Detailed records should be kept for at least three years.

Acterra Helps You Stay Compliant

Acterra helps operators around the country inspect, test and repair their UST systems to stay compliant with the latest regulations and industry standards, in addition to other maintenance services. Our service contract program helps teams expand their resources, capabilities and expertise. To learn how we can help your facility, contact Lisa Opsahl at or call 800.289.7371×122.