Underground Storage Tanks Section

The Underground Storage Tank Section manages the Underground Storage Tank (UST) program, the Non-UST releases program (including petroleum Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) releases and other petroleum releases), and the Ex Situ Petroleum Contaminated Soil Remediation Permit program.  The section issues permits, collects annual fees and handles requests for information for regulated and/or commercial underground storage tanks. The section ensures compliance with all relevant state and federal laws, policies, rules and regulations by assisting owners and operators in complying with operational standards (leak detection, spill and overfill prevention, etc.). This section oversees the permanent closure activities of UST systems and the corrective actions required to address spills and releases from USTs. This section also oversees the administration of several Trust Funds for the reimbursement of cleanup costs associated with UST releases. 

 

The Underground Storage Tank Section consists of three branches.

The Permits and Inspection Branch issues permits to operate UST systems and inspects UST facilities to ensure compliance with UST statutes, rules and policies. In addition to helping develop and review statutes, we provide technical assistance to enhance compliance and prevent pollution. Outreach efforts include educational and training opportunities.

The Corrective Action Branch trains and provides data to UST owner/operators and consultants through its central and regional offices. We oversee assessment and cleanup activities, conduct inspections and make technical assistance visits. We also pre-approve Trust Fund requests and review claims for technical reimbursement. To reduce risk to human health and the environment, we sample wells and monitor cleanup efforts. We also oversee the Ex Situ Petroleum Contaminated Soil Remediation Permit program. We help create, review and explain our statutes, regulations and policies in addition to informing and training the regulated community about cleanup and corrective action issues.

The Trust Fund Branch administers the NC Leaking Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Funds and EPA grants. To do so, we oversee trust fund eligibility decisions and fund reimbursements. When the state contracts to assess and clean contaminated sites, we oversee these activities. We also review technology to assess and clean groundwater and soil contamination and approve innovative technologies for use statewide. We help create, review and explain our statutes, regulations and policies in addition to informing and training the regulated community about trust fund issues.

 

Flood Preparation Information
The guide will help prepare for, prevent, or lessen the catastrophic effects and environmental harm that could occur as a result of flooded UST systems, as well as help return these UST systems to service as soon as possible.

Before a Flood, What Should Owners and Operators Do?

After a Flood, What Should Owners and Operators Do?

US EPA's Underground Storage Tank Flood Guide, EPA 510-R-10-002, November 2010

 

Other useful information can be obtained on EPA's web page:

Natural Disasters and Underground Storage Tanks