The ADEQ Regulated Storage Tank (RST) Division drafts, administers
and enforces state regulations pertaining to underground storage tanks as prescribed
by 40 CFR 280, as well as aboveground petroleum storage tanks. These tanks are located
primarily at retail gasoline and diesel sales facilities, but may also include bulk
petroleum storage facilities, private fleet fueling facilities, and emergency generating
The controlling regulation for regulated storage tanks in Arkansas
is the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission's Regulation 12.
As of September, 2002, it has revised requirements for Release Notification which
are summarized on our Regulation 12
Prior to the mid 1980s, underground storage tanks had been regulated
piecemeal by the federal government through various environmental statutes.
When studies revealed growing problems with a large number of tank systems, along
with an alarming potential for future problems, Congress mandated changes that were
initiated by the states. These standards focused on new tank system installation
standards, existing tank upgrades, registration requirements, closure requirements
and corrective action requirements.
Besides overseeing the regulatory program, the RST Division administers
a trust fund for storage tank owners to help them meet their financial responsibility
requirements or use for cleanup costs. The agency also may activate the fund
for emergencies associated with storage tanks.
To protect and enhance human health and the environment by the
prevention and remediation of pollution from regulated storage tank systems through
a program of rule making, compliance monitoring/enforcement, corrective action,
administration of the Petroleum Storage Tank Trust Fund and encouraging voluntary
efforts to protect and improve the environment for all Arkansans.