MassDEP Issues New Underground Storage Tank Rules: 310 CMR 80.00 Reply

On January 2, 2015, new underground storage tank (UST) regulations went into effect and the previous Department of Fire Services regulations at 527 CMR 9.00 were rescinded.

While many of the requirements have remained the same, several new provisions have been added. These include:

• New design, construction and installation requirements
• New general operating requirements
• New third-party inspection requirements
• New financial responsibility requirements and
• New authority for MassDEP to institute delivery prohibition orders.

Of particular interest to owners and operators of UST systems serving emergency generators is a new requirement for these systems to have leak detection. There are also new requirements that may require upgrades of systems that utilize submersible pumps and ball-float valves. In addition, any new or replacement spill buckets must now be five gallons.

It is important to note that although the new regulations are issued and enforced by MassDEP, the local fire department will still maintain jurisdiction over permits for flammable storage.

More information, including a summary of the changes and a copy of the new regulations, can be obtained at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/toxics/ust/newregs.html

CAPACCIO can help owners and operators interpret the new requirements and assist in determining if action is necessary to address the new requirements. Please contact Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at (508) 970-0033 x139 or cwalton@capaccio.com if you would like to learn how we can help.

Attention: UST Owners and Operators Reply

The owners/operators of most underground storage tanks (USTs) in Massachusetts were required to have their USTs and associated piping inspected by third-party inspectors by August 8, 2010. As these inspections are to be completed every three years, repeat inspections are due this year by August 8, 2013. CAPACCIO has qualified third-party inspectors on staff and can complete the required inspections.

Third-party inspectors conduct detailed inspections of USTs and piping systems, and:

•Document the results of their on-site inspections;
•Review facility record keeping to ensure the tank meets UST Program requirements; and
•Submit reports on their findings to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).

If you have completed an inspection in the past and are not sure of the due date for your current inspection, MassDEP has compiled a list of UST inspection due dates. Access the list here.

Please note that USTs that store fuel used for “consumptive use” only are exempt. Consumptive use tanks supply fuel used for area heating and domestic hot water only. All other tanks, including tanks that supply fuel to emergency generators, must be inspected.

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For more information, please contact Chris Walton at cwalton@capaccio.com or 508.970.0033 x139.

Massachusetts UST Operator Certification Exams Now Available Online Reply

By August 8, 2012, each underground storage tank (UST) system operated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must have at least one MassDEP- certified Class A, B and C Operator.

UST Operator certification exams are now available online and you must pass to qualify as a Class A, B or A/B UST Operator (there is no exam required to qualify for Class C Operator certification).

The exam, as well as links to reference materials which can be referenced while taking the exam (i.e. open book examination), are available at the MassDEP website. The fee to take the exam is $75.

For access to the exam and additional information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/dep/toxics/ust/operator.htm

Questions?  Contact Christopher Walton at 508.970.0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.