New Energy Bill Adopts Changes to Underground Storage Tank Regulations
Tucked into the 1,700-plus pages of the new Energy Policy Act of 2005, signed by President Bush on August 8, is the first major overhaul of the federal underground storage tank (“UST”) rules since 1988. Although the provisions in the Underground Storage Tank Compliance Act of 2005 received almost no attention in the popular press, they contain many new federal requirements that will affect owners and operators of 11,000 active USTs in Washington, nearly 6,000 underground tanks in Oregon and 1,775 USTs in Alaska. The biggest changes in the law are mandates for inspections, equipment upgrades and training. View full article (PDF).