Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
The goal of Vermont's UST 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 also cause explosive vapors to seep into confined spaces and occupied dwellings. The Underground Storage Tank (UST) rules regulate the installation and operation of underground petroleum/chemical storage tanks (not including propane tanks), and they first came into effect in 1985.
- The current UST Rules came into effect on October 26, 2020.
- If you are looking for information on a specific UST facility, please use the Environmental Research Tool (ERT).
Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs)
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources began regulating ASTs in 2011, with a goal of reducing the number of releases from ASTs into the environment. Most ASTs in Vermont are home heating tanks. Reducing the number of releases reduces the threat and impact of petroleum products on human health and the environment. It also helps limit liability for the cleanup of uninsured releases to the Petroleum Cleanup Fund.
- The current AST Rules came into effect on August 15, 2017.