Ensuring UST compliance is a challenge even during normal circumstances, thanks to the EPA’s byzantine and ever-changing UST regulations. But it’s even harder to ensure UST compliance during a natural disaster.
Natural disasters strike without warning. No matter where your business is located, there’s a natural disaster that could disrupt your operations and damage your equipment.
As if business disruption and damage weren’t enough to worry about, natural disasters can cause damage to your UST system and even cause a release of a regulated substance into the environment — increasing the potential cost and damage of any natural disaster.
How do you ensure UST compliance during a natural disaster?
The EPA has developed an Underground Storage Tank Flood Guide to help states and UST operators prepare for, prevent, and lessen the environmental harm from natural disasters.
The guide provides information about preparing for a flood, important actions after the disaster strikes, and information on financial assistance. It consolidates information from various federal, state, nongovernmental, and UST industry resources.
Even if your UST does not appear to be damaged after a natural disaster, steps need to be taken to ensure your tanks are operation before being returned to service. To help you stay compliant, we would like to share the EPA’s Post-Severe Weather Checklist:
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