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Hazardous Substance Underground Storage Tank Program in Tennessee

The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 currently has responsibility to implement the hazardous substances UST program in Tennessee.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates underground storage tanks containing petroleum or hazardous substances by authority of Subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Subtitle I was added to RCRA by the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984. Although Subtitle I establishes regulation of substances defined as "hazardous" under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), this does not include hazardous wastes as defined by Subtitle C of RCRA. However, RCRA Subtitle C regulations may apply to certain activities associated with hazardous substance USTs. The owner may therefore want to refer to the appropriate RCRA Subtitle C regulations for additional information.

The regulations and additional Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance may be obtained by calling the Agency's toll-free RCRA/Superfund/UST/EPCRA Hotline at 800-424-9346; TDD 800-553-7672; Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. EST.

Petroleum USTs located in Tennessee are regulated by the Division of Underground Storage Tanks of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Detailed regulation and guidances on petroleum USTs is available through the Division of Underground Storage Tanks of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Exit EPA Discaimer, Fourth Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37243-1541, 615-532-0945.

The following documents and forms are provided as an assistance to handling hazardous substance USTs in Tennessee.



Operator Training Exit EPA Disclaimer

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) has mandated that all regulated underground storage tanks (UST) storing regulated products be inspected at a minimum of every three years. Also within the EPAct, there are guidelines for the mandated training of three classes of UST operators by August 8, 2012. The operators that must be trained and certified are those with primary on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems (A Operators); those having daily on-site responsibility (B Operators); and those daily on-site employees that deal with addressing emergencies as the result of a spill or release (C Operators). One person may be designated to fill all operator categories depending on the organization of the facility.

Through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 4 is responsible for the verification of compliance for regulated hazardous substance USTs in the State of Tennessee. However, operators of hazardous substance UST systems may use the on-line operator training website for Tennessee Tank Helper to satisfy the requirement. With few exceptions, the A and B Operator training is the same, so we are requesting that the designated hazardous substance UST operators only need to complete the training for B and C Operators.

The website can be found at: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/ust/operator_training.shtml Exit EPA Disclaimer

Additional information may be found at Tennessee Hazardous Substance UST System Operators, also on that page.

Notice of Intent to Close Hazardous Substance USTs PDF (3 pp, 31.68K) Adobe Acrobat Reader required.  Get the reader here.
Form to assest the UST Owner in providing information to notify EPA of the intent to close hazardous substance USTs.

Hazardous Substance UST Closure Report PDF (4 pp, 24.06K) Adobe Acrobat Reader required.  Get the reader here.
Report format provided to guide an UST Owner in submitting necessary information to EPA when a hazardous substance USTs have been closed.

Hazardous Substance UST Closure Guidance PDF (5 pp, 90.86K) Adobe Acrobat Reader required.  Get the reader here.
Guidance for closure or change-in-service of a hazardous substance underground storage tank. Includes a Notification of Closure of Hazardous Substance Underground Storage Tanks form.

Closure Assessment Guideline PDF (33 pp, 368.34K) Adobe Acrobat Reader required.  Get the reader here.
The purpose of a UST closure site assessment is to determine whether or not a release has occurred at the UST site.


For information about the contents of this page please contact Linda Williams

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