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printreg, June, 2003
Storage Tank Overfill or Leak Response & Reporting


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From: Debra Jacobson (djacobson@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 09:00:37


Very few printers still manage underground storage tanks, but for the few that do remain you should be aware of the overfill and spill response and reporting requirements.
Debra Jacobson

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What must UST owners do if a spill or overfill occurs?

According to 40 CFR 280.53, owners and operators of underground storage tank (UST) systems must contain and immediately clean up a spill or overfill and report to the implementing agency within 24 hours, or another reasonable time period specified by the implementing agency, and begin corrective action (in accordance with 40 CFR 280, subpart F) in the following cases:

Spill or overfill of petroleum that results in a release to the environment that exceeds 25 gallons or another reasonable amount specified by the implementing agency, or that causes a sheen on nearby surface water; or

Spill or overfill of a hazardous substance that results in a release to the environment that equals or exceeds its reportable quantity under CERCLA (40 CFR 302).

Owners and operators of UST systems must contain and immediately clean up a spill or overfill of petroleum that is less than 25 gallons or another reasonable amount specified by the implementing agency, as well as spills or overfills of hazardous substances that are less than the reportable quantity. If cleanup cannot be accomplished within 24 hours, or another reasonable time period established by the implementing agency, owners and operators must immediately notify the implementing agency.

To access 40 CFR 280.53 on-line, visit http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-retrieve.html#page1
Title: 40
Part: 280
Section: 53

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