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Safe Management of Gas Stations and other Facilities with Underground Storage Tanks Subject of EPA Conference in San Francisco

Release Date: 03/06/2003
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Dave Ryan 202-564-7827/

(03/06/03) EPA is co-sponsoring the 15th Annual National Underground Storage Tank Conference in San Francisco, Calif., Monday, March 10 through Wednesday, March 12. The event brings together over 400 representatives from state agencies, tribes and industry to discuss safe management of gas stations and other facilities with underground storage tanks (UST). In 1984, the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HSWA) to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act gave EPA the authority to regulate underground storage tank systems. Key topics to be discussed at the conference include: leaking UST systems; MTBE in drinking water; pending UST legislation in Congress; and $23 million in new Brownfields grants for petroleum facilities. (Brownfields are abandoned, idled or under-utilized industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination. Under the Small Business Liability Relief and Brownfields Revitalization Act, signed by President Bush in early 2002, 25 percent of Brownfields grant funding must be set aside for petroleum properties. Of the estimated 450,000 Brownfields sites in the United States, about half of these properties are thought to be impacted by underground storage tanks or by some type of petroleum contamination.) Four keynote speakers at the opening plenary session 9:45 a.m., Monday include: Tom Dunne, Associate Assistant Administrator, EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response; Wayne Nastri, Regional Administrator, EPA Region 9; Winston Hickox, Secretary, California EPA; and Brian Wallace, Chairman of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. The conference is being held at The Westin St. tlineFrancis Hotel, 335 Powell St., (415-397-7000). The other co-sponsors for the conference include: New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission; the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials; and California Environmental Protection Agency. For more information on the conference see: and go to “What’s New.”