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Underground Storage Tanks Compliance Assistance Program

An underground storage tank (UST) is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank which: * holds petroleum products, and * has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground.

Releases from USTS-due to spills, overfills or leaking tanks and piping-can cause fires or explosions that threaten people's safety. Underground storage tanks also can contaminate groundwater.

Half of of the U.S. population uses groundwater as a drinking water source.

Source: EPA Region 10 Flyer 910-R-03-006. July, 2003.

 

What is a federally regulated underground storage tank?


An underground storage tank (UST) is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank which: holds petroleum products, and has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground.

Releases from USTS-due to spills, overfills or leaking tanks and piping-can cause fires or explosions that threaten people's safety. underground storage tanks also can contaminate groundwater.

Half of of the U.S. population uses groundwater as a drinking water source.

*Source: EPA Region 10 Flyer 910-R-03-006. July, 2003.

 


UST Compliance Assistance


What is Compliance Assistance?

Compliance Assistance Programs directly involve tribes in the prevention, awareness, and cleaning up of releases from USTS in Indian Country. We assist UST owners, such as gas station owners and operators, in ensuring that they are in compliance with federal regulations. If they are out of compliance then the operators and owners can be charged with violations resulting in large fines and penalties. More importantly, if the USTs are not in compliance leaks from the UST can be released into the soil and groundwater, causing contamination of our drinking water.

  • Compliance Assistance Activities
  • Compliance assistance inspections
  • Monitor tank/piping installations, upgrades, and removals
  • Sampling petroleum contamination
  • Petroleum Release Cleanups
  • Provide technical assistance and training

Environmental Waste Management Program Compliance Assistance Staff Talia Martin –Environmental Scientist & UST compliance assistance (208)-236-1060 Kelly Wright – Program Manager (208)-236-1049


EWMP & Sho-Ban School – UST Closure Video

This video focuses on one aspect of the UST compliance assistance program, which involves training and awareness of properly excavating a UST. Tribal staff from the Environmental Waste Management Program and the Department of Transportation are conducting an excavation of a UST from a farming property located on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. The students from the Shoshone-Bannock Jr/Sr High School were invited to attend, learn and participate in this excavation.

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