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Pedro J. Reyes Bibiloni
NEW REGULATION FOR THE CONTROL OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS ENTERS INTO EFFECT
The Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board (EQB) promulgated Regulation No. 8546, a new Regulation for the Control of Underground Storage Tanks (UST). The new regulation entered into effect on January 23, 2015, and repeals Regulation No. 4362, the former UST regulation.
There are important changes to the regulatory requirements for UST, including the following: the elimination of certification requirements; the establishment of new permit requirements and financial assurance provisions; the modification of existing definitions, and incorporation of new ones such as classes of "operator"; the establishment of a field citation/penalty, “red tag” procedures, and filing fees; and the establishment of contaminant trace levels to be used during cleanup.
The changes in the new regulatory regime could render certain existing UST systems in non-compliance. EQB is considering establishing a moratorium to allow time to bring those UST into compliance.
If you are interested in learning and assessing the potential impacts Regulation No. 8546 may have in your operations, please contact us at your convenience.
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©2016 Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C. This Watch has been prepared by Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C. for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. This information does not create, and receipt of it does not constitute, a lawyer-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this without seeking advice from professional advisers. Fiddler, González & Rodríguez, P.S.C. and its members assume no responsibility to inform you of additional changes in law or any other legal issues related to the matters discussed in this publication.
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