EPA has proposed changes to established regulations related to secondary containment. They are “established” because they were originally set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and implemented by the states. 54 out of 56 states implemented secondary containment as part of the federal funding requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Summary: EPA is proposing that new systems installed after the effective date of the rule must be upgraded to equipment with an inner and outer barrier with an interstitial pace that is monitored.
Tank – If a tank is removed and replaced. New tank must have secondary containment
Piping – If 50% or more of a piping run must be repaired, then the entire piping run must be upgraded to secondary containment.
Under Dispenser Containment (UDC)– Must be installed on all “new systems”, must be liquid tight and must be able to be monitored or visually inspected.
“New” means: both the dispenser system and equipment needed to connect the dispenser system to the UST system are installed at an UST facility.
Safe suction piping systems; and
Piping systems associated with:
Field constructed tank systems
Airport hydrant fuel distribution systems
Monitoring of the interstitial space required on a 30-day basis
Pressurized piping must have an automatic line leak detector.
Discussion: Like the proposed changes to operator training regulations, these changes should only be news and an increased regulatory (and financial) burden to those owners and operators who have systems located:
On tribal lands or
In states that have rejected the grant money from the Energy Policy Act of 2005. (few and far between)