Ensuring Underground Storage Tank Compliance with Emerging Fuels

Jan
03
2019
Ensuring Underground Storage Tank Compliance with Emerging Fuels

There are hundreds of thousands of underground storage tanks (UST) holding regulated substances, and the compliance requirements vary greatly depending on the substance. With the proliferation of emerging fuel types, it’s never been more important to understand which kinds of fuel are compatible with traditional UST systems and which are not.

This blog will provide an introduction to underground storage tank compliance requirements for various kinds of emerging fuels.

Emerging Fuels and Underground Storage Tank Compliance

The below chart will tell you:

  • The name of the emerging fuel
  • How much biofuel it contains, if any
  • Whether UST owners must meet additional EPA compatibility requirements because it contains more than 10% ethanol or more than 20% biodiesel, or another substance identified by the implementing agency

E15, 15 percent ethanol

Yes, must demonstrate compatibility with the UST system

E85, 51 to 83 percent ethanol

Yes, must demonstrate compatibility with the UST system

B20, 6 to 20 percent biodiesel

No, B20 is commonly stored by fleet operators

B50, 50 percent biodiesel

Yes, must demonstrate compatibility with the UST system

B99, 99 percent biodiesel

Yes, must demonstrate compatibility with the UST system

Isobutanol (biobutanol)

Yes, must demonstrate compatibility with the UST system

Renewable diesel

No. Has biocomponents but it chemically similar to diesel.

Renewable gasoline (green gasoline)

No. Has biocomponents but it chemically similar to diesel.

More from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding underground storage tank compliance with emerging fuels can be found here: Emerging Fuels and Underground Storage Tanks

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