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The Environmental Quality Board ("EQB") will hold public hearings to receive comments on the proposed adoption of a new Regulation for the Control of Underground Storage Tanks (The “Regulation”) on March 14, 2014. If approved, the Regulation will repeal the currently in effect Regulation for the Control of Underground Storage Tanks of November 14, 1990, as well as any prior interpretative resolution issued by the Governing Board pursuant to it.
The Regulation is a comprehensive revision of the current regulation. It modifies or includes for the first time more than 90 definitions, including the owner and operator definitions. Also, the Regulation establishes training requirements for operators, the training program accreditation process, and the procedures and requirements for permits, notifications, investigations, and leak confirmation. In addition, it imposes new leak detection requirements to be complied with within specific timeframes.
One of the most significant developments is the incorporation of specific clean-up levels for various parameters and by media. Furthermore, the Regulation incorporates the Procedures, Actions and Requirements for Permanent Closure of Underground Storage Tank Systems of May 5, 2011, and also opens the door for EQB to consider corrective actions other than those specifically established in the Regulation, such as Risk Based Corrective Actions. The Regulation does not define clearly the procedure for the owner or operator to request, or a timeframe for EQB to issue, a release letter.
The Regulation also modifies the applicable filing fees for initial registration, permits for the installation, closure and operation of underground storage tanks, as well as for permit renewal and modifications.
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