The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires monitoring the ownership and maintenance of USTs and adhering to certain rules, regulations and compliance issues. If violations are noted during EPA inspections, penalties can be assessed, including fines and the shutdown of facilities. According to Section 1523 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, regulatory agencies conduct on-site inspections once every three years.
In Georgia, the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is responsible for enforcing compliance with federal regulations. The Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) provides assistance to state-owned facilities with required paperwork prior to the inspections and during on-site inspections. Click on the links below for information on the inspections:
- EPD CHECKLIST - SUCTION SYSTEM
- EPD CHECKLIST - PRESSURIZED SYSTEM
- Energy Act Policy 2005; Regarding Inspections
All regulated tanks and piping must have release detection systems. The release detection systems allow leaks to be quickly discovered before any contamination spreads. In an effort to prevent leaks from occurring, GEFA has installed TS-1001 (INCON Tank Sentinel-1001) at most state-owned facilities. This Automatic Tank Gauge (ATG) is critical to regulatory compliance. The ATG automatically compiles technical data on product levels and temperature, and performs weekly leak detection tests.
GEFA is responsible for monitoring these systems at state facilities via the central monitoring system that dials into the ATGs daily.
For more information on the INCON TS-1001, see below:
ANNUAL TANK REGISTRATION
All regulated USTs located at state-owned facilities must be registered annually. A copy of the current certificate must be displayed at the site by January 1 of each year.
GEFA is responsible for tank registrations at all state-owned facilities. Please see the links below for more information.
According to Section 15 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, all operators, supervisors and managers operating and maintaining UST systems must be trained. GEFA is responsible for training the appropriate personnel for all state-owned facilities containing USTs. Please see the links below for training information:
For more information on regulatory inspections, operator training, environmental monitoring, remediation and tank closures contact Margie Walker-White at 404-584-1051.
For more information on preventative maintenance, repairs, remediation and tank closures contact Ted Larrabee, special projects director, at 404-584-1045.