It is required that there be the removal from service all fueling systems that are single-walled. This includes the underground storage tank as well as piping. The UST regulatory program pertaining to fueling systems was impacted by the Senate Bill 445, which went into effect on the date of September 25, 2014. Therefore, it is mandatory for the permanent closing of each regulated UST that fails to comply with the regulations of Health and Safety Code Chapter 6.7 under Section 25291, particularly Subdivisions a 1-6 to be completed prior or on the date of December 31, 2025. In order to be in compliance with the new regulations that have been instituted, it is needful for the tank along with any connective piping to possess two levels of containment, which are regarded as being primary and secondary. This means that the fueling system must be double-walled and there must be the inclusion of a system for leak detection as well.
Who is impacted?
Some indicators of USTs which must be closed (removed) take into including the following systems:
- A UST with a single wall with installation prior to the date of January 1, 1984, which possesses a tank with a single wall or connective piping with a single wall.
- A UST with installation occurring from the date of January 1, 1984 to the date of January 1, 1997, which possess a tank with a single wall that applies the usage of an outside membrane liner or monitoring wells for the sake of detecting the leakage of the substance that is being stored.
- This takes into account tanks that are lined with a single wall as well as tanks with a single wall that possess a bladder that is either flexible or rigid.
Funding can be provided to help with the cost of removing these systems with single-walled tanks, so that is why you should not put off responding.
Considering the replacement, removal or upgrading of underground storage tanks (RUST)
There are loans as well as grants in place through the RUST program that can provide assistance in regard to financing as much as one hundred percent of the necessary expenses. Grants and loans which are received through the RUST program do have limitations each year. The chance to secure funding is better if the operators or owners of the USTs are careful to apply as early as possible.
Moreover, during the time of the permanent closure of the system, if there has been the identification of a leakage of any substance, then the operator or owner may be obligated to remedy the situation. As a result, there is more funding that can be accessed via the UST Cleanup Fund. It can be a long process from five to fifteen years, which includes doing the filing of the claim, fulfilling the corrective remedy and finally being reimbursed for expenses. That is why it is imperative to not put this off.
The environmental professionals at LIW can provide the help that you need throughout the entire process, such as the application for access to funding all the way to planning along with construction. For many years, the professionals of LIW have helped many UST operators and owners to make sure they are following the regulations. The services of LIW take into inclusion the preparation of grant applications, permits by Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), the planning of strategy and implementation of strategy, the placement of bids along with the procurement of contractors, the oversight of construction, sampling requirements along with reports, interaction by the agency as needed, management of projects as well as the closing of environmental systems.