The Underground Storage Tank (UST) program was created in 1985 to regulate the installation and operation of underground petroleum/chemical storage tanks. In 2011 Aboveground Storage Tanks were added and the program’s name changed to Storage Tank Program. The goal of the Program is to protect human health and the environment by preventing releases of liquid petroleum and hazardous substances from storage tank systems. The release of these regulated products into the environment threatens groundwater resources and can cause explosive vapors to seep into confined spaces and occupied dwellings.
If an AST is out-of-compliance and needs to be red tagged please visit the Red Tag Reporting at the Quick Links which is at the bottom of this page.
Please check with Vermont’s Public Safety's Division of Fire Safety for storage tank reporting requirements for Hazardous Materials or Pesticides in the Workplace, Vermont’s Community Right-To-Know Program (Tier II), 20 VSA Chapter 1 (Contact: Todd Cosgrove, Chief VT Hazmat Team, Barre 802-479-7586).
Public Safety’s Division of Fire Safety may have other regulatory requirements for the installation of commercial Aboveground Storage Tanks and Underground Propane tanks. Propane tanks are not regulated by DEC’s Storage Tank Program.
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Rules (Effective 10/13/2018)
2018 Inspection list (find out if your facility is slated to have a compliance inspection)
Discussion Topic: Water in a tank system is a bigger problem than ever before. Today’s cars do not tolerate water in fuel! And water in a tank system provides habitat for microorganisms which can deteriorate tanks. The Steel Tank Institute has developed a brochure detailing the issues and offers recommendations. To get a copy of the brochure, click the link to the "Protect your tanks, Reduce your downtime, Reduce your risk" brochure on STI-SPFA's website