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FAQ: Storage Tanks

Leaking Underground Storage Tank Removal
Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

FAQ: Storage Tanks

  • At the time of a release, the owner/operator is responsible for the corrective actions mandated by Part 213, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. Owners/operators are required to hire consultants that meet the qualifications in Section 21325 of Part 213 to perform corrective actions, and to submit specific reports required by the statute. Additional information can be found on EGLE’s Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program website.

  • In the event your heating oil tank is no longer used, the tank must be taken out of service and properly closed. Proper closure for both an aboveground storage tank (AST) and underground storage tank (UST) is defined as emptying the tank and related piping of heating oil. After the oil is drained, the tank must be properly cleaned to remove all vapors and residual oil. Once the AST has been emptied and cleaned and there is no evidence that the tank leaked, the tank is considered closed and can be removed. Additional information can be found in EGLE's Home Heating Oil Tanks brochure and on LARA's Home Heating Oil Tanks FAQ webpage.

  • Information about Leaking Underground Storage Tank sites can be found on EGLE’s LUST page.

  • The owner/operator of a leaking underground storage tank is responsible for completing site assessment activities and propose corrective actions at sites where releases from USTs have caused subsurface contamination. Risk-based corrective action (RBCA) is utilized to categorize sites according to risk, select corrective action strategies, and facilitate completion of corrective action. EGLE is responsible for regulating the activities conducted by the owner/operator and more information can be found on EGLE’s LUST page.