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It's Been A Long Time Coming: 27 Year Old RCRA Underground Storage Tank Rules Get a Facelift

July 21, 2015
Karen Aldridge Crawford

Reprinted with permission from the American College of Environmental Lawyers

I remember as though it were yesterday when the Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations 
were finalized in 1988, requiring owners and operators to register existing as well as new tanks, then ensure prevention, detection and remediation of releases into the environment. Owners and operators were also required to perform release detection inspections and demonstrate financial responsibility for cleaning up releases. New tanks were required to meet certain design, construction and installation requirements aimed at preventing releases. While technology for meeting those requirements has evolved over the ensuing 27 years, no significant regulatory changes have been implemented – that is, until this week.

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