Regulations Target Underground Tanks

by Rita Robison, Assoc. Ed.; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1987, Vol. 57, Issue 2, Pg. 72-74

Document Type: Feature article


When Congress passed the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments of 1984, (RCRA), underground storage tanks were considered to be a major threat to the country's water supplies. The first of a series of specific regulations developed by EPA deals with petroleum storage tanks. The draft regulations were due to be published in February, and this article, written in advance of that date, speculates on their content and impact. Many states already have written regulations that are more stringent than what the federal EPA will publish. Many of the largest users—gasoline retailers and car rental companies—have been upgrading their tank systems with anti-leak provisions for several years. Their reasons have more to do with the threat of liabilty lawsuits than with federal or state regulations.

Subject Headings: Storage tanks | Waste storage | Underground storage | Water storage | Environmental Protection Agency | Solid mechanics | Solid wastes | Hazardous wastes

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