In this episode of PPM Simplifies, Todd Perry talks to Michael Ellison, a Principal and Engineer at PPC Consultants, about underground storage tanks (USTs).
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael has a long career in the environmental space. He discusses tips, tricks, and best practices to comply with the EPA’s environmental regulations for underground storage tanks for gasoline and other fuels.
Key Topics, Trends, and Takeaways:
- EPA’s regulations were unclear and made states unsure about upgrading USTs
- Release Regulations: USTs must be installed properly; protected from spills, overfills, and corrosion; equipped with release detection; and properly closed
- UST Owners/Operators: Must meet prevention, financial responsibility, and reporting/record keeping requirements
- 2005 Energy Act Summary: More inspections, improved operator training, secondary containment, cleanup with fuel additives, and compatibility
- Implementing requirements for USTs involves understanding and making a commitment
- How UST systems are more sophisticated and intricate to minimize releases
- Common places where releases occur – may not be significant to disrupt business