In 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) adopted revisions to existing Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations along with some new requirements as well. Prior to adoption, U.S. EPA estimated that the 2015 UST regulation would avoid total costs of between $120 million per year to $530 million per year. Implementing UST best management practices to prevent a spill or release is less expensive than cleaning up a release after it happens. Release detection, corrosion protection, overfill and spill prevention, and routine line and tank tightness tests are all operational requirements critical to prevention of leaks, spills, and releases.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) is in the process of adopting the 2015 UST regulations. A primary intent of the 2015 regulations is to save money in remediation costs, however, IDEM is aware that following these regulations will likely cost owners and operators time and money. In an effort to work with the regulated community on implementing the 2015 UST regulations in Indiana, IDEM is hosting UST outreach forums. The UST announcement page provides additional information.