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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.

  • For the following checklists: routine, new installation, first fill, and new customer; as well as information on inspections and red-tag reporting, refer to the ASTs for Heating webpage.
  • For eligibility and application requirements for financial assistance, refer to the Residential AST Removal/Replacement Program webpage.
  • For requirements for registering ASTs at bulk storage tank facilities and information on the federal spill prevention, control, and countermeasure (SPCC) program, refer to the ASTs at Bulk Storage Tank Facilities webpage.

Note: to report a storage tank release, refer to the Spills Management webpage.

AST Rules Revised - March 8, 2024

The Hazardous Materials Program has prepared proposed revisions to the Vermont Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Rules. The proposed revisions have been submitted to the Vermont Secretary of State’s office as of this posting. Refer to the top of the Storage Tanks Section homepage for more information.

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Storage Tanks Section
Hazardous Materials Program
Waste Management and Prevention Division
Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
1 National Life Drive – Davis 1
Montpelier, VT 05620-3704