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The West Virginia DEP Aboveground Storage Tank Act

Aboveground Storage Tank
source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
 
The aboveground storage tank act was set into motion on June 6th 2014 by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). It requires that aboveground storage tanks are registered, inspected and their risk is identified.
 
Why is the DEP monitoring aboveground storage tanks more carefully?
 
This year an aboveground storage tank (AST) leak in West Virginia contaminated the drinking water of approximately 300,000 residents. The DEP hopes that these new precautions set in place with the aboveground storage tank act will help prevent future disasters.
 
On October 14th 2014, 47,557 tanks had been registered. The registration process includes questions about tank size, contents, construction, age and location.
 
The DEP estimates that there are between 50,000 and 80,000 tanks that would fall under the inspection regulations. Hopefully those that haven’t registered their tanks will come forward.
 
If storage tanks are not registered penalties will be incurred. According to DEP, “an owner or operator is liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $10,000 per tank per day for each AST that is knowingly not registered.
 
Important deadlines coming up
 
December 1st 2014: Companies need to submit a Spill Prevention Response Plan for each tank determined to be within a zone of critical concern (ie. if the tank poses a threat to water supplies).
 
January 1st 2014: Inspections of all aboveground storage tanks by a qualified person are due.
 
Different risk levels for aboveground storage tanks
 
The act classifies aboveground storage tanks into three levels: Level 1, level 2 and level 3.
 
Level 1: Tanks which have the potential for high risk of harm to public health or the environment due to their contents, size or location. Tanks located within zones of critical concern, wellhead protection areas or groundwater intake areas; those containing defined hazardous substances; tanks with a capacity of 50,000 gallons or more.
 
Level 2: Tanks that have lesser risk of harm to public health or the environment than a Level 1 AST due to its contents, size or location.
 
Level 3: Tanks that have the potential for low risk of harm to public health or the environment due to its contents, size or location.
 
For more information visit the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
 

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Tatsuya Nakagawa is the VP of Marketing and co-founder of Castagra Products, a storage tank and wastewater coatings manufacturing company that is highly acclaimed for its sustainable coatings, cold weather tank coating applications, and its durable frac tank coatings. Castagra is used by the world’s top oil and gas field services companies.