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Underground Storage Tanks/Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

General Information

UST with hole and stain from released petroleumThe Underground Storage Tanks (UST) program strives to prevent leaks from USTs and clean up petroleum contaminated sites (LUSTs).  Over the last two decades, EPA and its partners have:

  • Closed over 1.5 million substandard tanks that were corroding and leaking petroleum into the nation's groundwater
  • Cleaned up more than 300,000 petroleum leaks
  • Reduced the number of new releases from a high of over 66,000 in 1990 to roughly 7,000 in 2008

EPA Region 2 has approximately 50,246 federally regulated USTs and 37,579 Leaking USTs (LUSTs).

Cleanups have been initiated at 36,569 of the LUST sites and 30,432 cleanups have been completed.

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Who regulates my UST System? Exit EPA disclaimer

If your UST is in:

This online directory provides contact information for EPA, state, territory, and tribal UST/LUST programs.

What to do if you received an UST Field Citation from EPA

If you received a Field Citation directly from an EPA UST Inspector (or in the mail after an inspection), you must undertake the following within 30 days:

  • Submit payment to EPA for the violation(s). Make checks payable to "Treasury of the United States" and write the Field Citation Form Number (located at the top of the Form) on your check. Mail a copy of the UST Field Citation and the check to:

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Fines and Penalties Cincinnati Finance Center
    P.O. Box 979077
    St. Louis, MO 63197-9000

  • Return your facility to compliance. Mail the signed Field Citation, along with documentation confirming the facility has returned to compliance, to:

    U.S. EPA Region 2
    UST Team - 20th Floor
    290 Broadway
    New York, NY 10007
Full instructions on complying with the Field Citation are on the back of the Citation form.

Federal and State UST Programs

Installation of underground storage tank systemFederal and State UST Programs ensure that owners/operators of UST systems comply with the requirements of the law (RCRA, Subtitle I) and UST regulations found at 40 CFR Part 280 and applicable state UST regulations. The goal is to ensure that UST systems are installed, operated, maintained and closed in compliance with federal UST regulations to prevent harm to others and the environment, particularly groundwater. To achieve compliance, we conduct inspections, use enforcement actions when necessary, and provide compliance assistance. Compliance with UST regulations not only protects human health and the environment, it makes good business sense too.






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