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EPA strengthens underground storage tank requirements

August 14, 2015
A new rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, effective Oct. 13, updates requirements for underground storage tanks in order to improve leak prevention and detection. 
The EPA’s actions also should serve to promote tank regulation uniformity across the U.S., close regulatory gaps, update technologies and incorporate the secondary containment and operator training requirements required by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. 
The EPA’s new rules preserve prior exclusions for lift cylinders and wastewater tanks.  
 In a statement, the National Automobile Dealers Association said it recognizes that the majority of dealerships have removed unnecessary underground storage tanks and replaced them with upgraded tanks and piping. The dealer association also plans to revise its publication, "A Dealer Guide to Underground Storage Tanks," to reflect the new EPA rule.
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