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Underground Storage Tank Sites

Kingsport, Tennessee
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The former Mullins & Quillen Insulation facility now has two types use. While most of the property remains in industrial use, the promontory has been aesthetically enhanced with landscaping and a welcome sign for the City of Kingsport, which acts as a gateway to the on-going downtown improvement district.

An underground storage tank (UST) system is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. Underground storage tank sites are sites that contain contamination from petroleum products or other substances classified as hazardous by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) that were released from Underground Storage Tanks.

Underground Storage Tank Program Background

About 680,000 underground storage tank systems (USTs) nationwide store petroleum or hazardous substances that can harm the environment and human health if the USTs release their stored contents. The Underground Storage Tank Program in Region 4 works to prevent the release of petroleum and other products stored in underground tanks. More information about the UST Program.

In addition, the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (LUST) Program works with states and tribes in Region 4 to clean up known releases from USTs using a federal trust fund, as well as state insurance and cleanup funds. More information on cleaning up UST releases.

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Reuse and Redevelopment of Underground Storage Tank Sites

Of the estimated 450,000 brownfield sites in the United States, a substantial number are believed to be impacted by underground storage tanks or some type of petroleum contamination. The Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST) is responsible for promoting the cleanup of leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites. One key element of this cleanup activity is to work together with federal, state, and local organizations and private partners to foster the reuse and subsequent economic recovery of petroleum-contaminated sites. More information on reusing UST and petroleum sites.

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Legal Issues at Underground Storage Tank Sites

Revitalization of UST sites falls under a number of environmental laws:

The Brownfields Liability page offers information about the legal issues associated with petroleum brownfields, including the UST Lender Liability Rule.

Underground Storage Tank Tools & Resources

EPA and Region 4 have developed many tools and resources that can help implement redevelopment activities at contaminated sites and properties. The links below provide UST-specific tools, resources, and information from a number of sources.

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Underground Storage Tank Reuse Partnerships

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Underground Storage Tank Reuse Activities and Initiatives

To encourage the reuse of abandoned properties contaminated with petroleum from underground storage tanks, EPA has created a number of initiatives related to sites and properties complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination from underground storage tanks.

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Underground Storage Tank Sites in Region 4

EPA maintains a catalogue of UST sites and properties where pollution is being or has been cleaned up across the US. Sites are organized by region and state, and allow you to find site summaries, site profiles, contacts, and fact sheets.

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Underground Storage Tank Contacts

An appropriate Region 4 contact for reusing an Underground Storage Tank site can be found on the Revitalization Contacts page.

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