Urgent EPA Notice… Diesel Fuel Is Causing Tank Corrosion

New EPA research found that 83 percent of diesel fuel storage tanks in the study had moderate or severe corrosion, but less than 25 percent of owners were aware of the corrosion before an internal inspection. Corrosion can affect metal components inside both steel and fiberglass tank systems and prevent the proper operation of release detection and prevention equipment. Owners and operators are urged to read the notice and check their tank systems immediately.

Regulated Storage Tanks

DEQ’s Office of Land Resources (OLR), Regulated Waste Operations, Regulated Storage Tanks (RST) office drafts, administers, and enforces state regulations pertaining to underground storage tanks, as well as aboveground petroleum storage tanks. These tanks are primarily located at retail gasoline and diesel sales facilities but may also include bulk petroleum storage facilities, private fleet fueling facilities, schools, health facilities, and emergency generating stations.

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 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 office 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.