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On June 22, 2020, revised guidance for Underground Storage Tank (UST) Requirements was published in the Virginia Register of Regulations. The guidance provides implementation policies for the regulatory requirements that must be implemented by January 1, 2021 for UST. The guidance is available for public comment through July 22, 2020 and will become effective on July 31, 2020.

The guidance summarizes monitoring, testing, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements for underground storage tanks. If a storage tank is temporarily closed and empty, it is exempt from these requirements.

All (underground) emergency generator tanks will be required to perform tank and piping release detection by January 1, 2021.

All release detection equipment will need to be tested for proper operation by January 1, 2021, and annually thereafter. There are specific testing criteria depending on the type of release detection equipment that is installed.

The following equipment must be tested by January 1, 2021 and every three years thereafter:

  • Single-walled spill prevention devices around fill pipes
    • Double-walled spill prevention devices may be monitored every 30 days in lieu of tightness testing.
  • Overfill prevention devices around fill pipes (including remote fills)
  • Containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring

Periodic (every 30 days) walk-through inspections must be conducted periodically beginning January 1, 2021.

Finally, there is a section discussing airport hydrant fuel distribution systems (AHFS) and field constructed (underground) tanks (FCT).

Please contact Trinity's Roanoke, Virginia office at 540.342.5945 for further information.