Out of Sight, Out of Time

by Wayne Geyer, P.E., Exec. Vice-Pres.; Steel Tank Inst., Lake Zurich, IL,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1998, Vol. 68, Issue 3, Pg. 52-55

Document Type: Feature article


A 10-year grace period for complying with an EPA regulation mandating that all underground storage tanks have spill, overfill and corrosion protection runs out on December 22, 1998. Hundreds of thousands of tanks remain out of compliance as of early 1998, necessitating a large push to upgrade, replace or close the tanks. States are handling inspection, enforcement, and penalties in a variety of different ways, and compliance levels vary widely by state and by the category of tank owners. The crisis creates many consulting opportunities for civil engineers to help owners meet the deadline.

Subject Headings: Underground storage | Storage tanks | Owners | Consulting services | Environmental Protection Agency | Corrosion | Inspection

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