Stronger EPA Tank Regulations Could Increase Government's Control of Underground Storage Containers

March 26, 2012 — 1,078 views  
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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested stronger tank regulations in an effort to manage companies' ability to maintain underground storage units, according to PaintSquare. The suggestions could limit the number of chemical leaks that harm people and damage properties annually.

Industries using underground storage tanks such as transportation and utility companies may be required to make changes under the proposed rules. The EPA emphasizes storage maintenance and employee training to help eliminate leak risks.

The agency created rules in 1988 that gave businesses 10 years to clean up chemical releases from underground storage tanks. In addition, the regulation required businesses to use spill, overfill and release detection equipment to control leaks, according to the news source. However, the agency did not create maintenance and operating guidelines  as part of this regulation.

Concerns regarding undetected leaks led the EPA to consider revising the regulation. The new rule could offer greater protection against chemical spills, because companies would be forced to find the best ways to enforce safety regulations. For example, a business may be required to complete monthly and annual maintenance procedures to comply with federal guidelines.

Employers can teach workers about these rules to ensure work is completed properly, and in doing so may help reduce chemical spills nationwide.