Underground Storage Tanks

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)
The regulation of Underground Storage Tank (UST)  was created in 1985 to regulate the installation and operation of underground petroleum/chemical storage tanks (does not include propane tanks). 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. 

Underground Storage Tank (UST) Rules (Effective 10/26/2020) 

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Approval of Vermont’s Revised Underground Storage Tank Program

The Vermont State Underground Storage Tank (UST) program applied to the EPA for approval of revisions to its UST program. The EPA has determined that revisions to the Vermont UST program satisfy all requirements for approval. The EPA has published a Proposed Rule and Direct Final Rule in the Federal Register dated July 14, 2022. To access EPA’s proposed rule, EPA’s direct final rule, Vermont’s application, or to provide public comments, please follow these links to the Federal Register.

Vermont:  Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference


Vermont:  Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference


Public comment must be received within 30 days of the date of publication in the Federal Register. This rule is effective 60 days after publication in the Federal Register, unless the EPA receives adverse comment. If you have any questions, please contact Joan Coyle of the EPA at 617-918-1303 or coyle.joan@epa.gov

Please review the article on testing these componenets from the 2019 Spring issue of UST Talk.

UST End of Year Summary 

Residential Home Heating Oil Underground Storage Tank Removal Guidance Brochure

Underground Storage Tank Inspection List for Permitted Tanks for current year

UST Talk Newsletters

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Waste Management and Prevention Division

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