Residential Construction Contractor's Guide

#11 - Underground Storage Tanks

Underground storage tanks (USTs) pose a significant threat to the environment. Tanks and pipes must be properly installed, maintained, removed, and tested to prevent leaks and spills. Tank closure is also dangerous because of the presence of explosive vapors.

Several federal and state regulations apply to the owners/operators of underground storage tanks as well as to contractors who service them (service providers). These regulations require notification of tank systems, prompt notification of spills, and specific cleanup procedures. 


  • 40 CFR 280 Federal Underground Storage Tank rules

Contact your state's department or agency that deals with environmental permitting for a full list of regulations, permits and fees.

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