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New Regulations for Underground Storage Tanks in SC

New regulations for Underground Storage Tanks (UST) will take effect May 26, 2020, as required by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). All tests must be submitted to SCDHEC prior to the May 26, 2020 deadline.

The new regulatory requirements include:

Walkthrough Inspections

Monthly (conducted by a C operator or 3rd party contractor)

  • Inspect for damage and proper operation of spill buckets, fill pipes and caps, interstitial areas of double-walled spill buckets, and release detection equipment

Annually (conducted by an A/B operator)

  • Inspect all containment sumps, under-dispenser containment, interstitial areas of double-walled containment sumps, and handheld release detection equipment for damage, operability, and leaks

Release Detection

  • Site assessment records for groundwater and vapor monitoring, if applicable, must be on file by May 26, 2020
  • Release detection equipment must be tested for proper operation at least annually
  • Emergency generator tanks are required to begin release detection

Equipment Testing

  • Every three years, overfill prevention equipment must be inspected; initial test must be conducted before May 26, 2020
  • Every three years, spill prevention equipment and containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring must be tested; initial test must be conducted before May 26, 2020

Field Constructed Tanks & Airport Hydrant Systems

  • Airport hydrant fuel distribution systems require a one-time notification of existence
  • Field Constructed tanks require a one-time notification of existence

A/B Operator Training

  • All previously trained A/B operators must take the supplemental training by May 26, 2020; all new A/B operators must take the on-line training within 30 days of assuming duties

Whether for a portfolio or single store owner, we perform these services for owners across South Carolina. BLE’s environmental team can help you stay compliant with SCDHEC.

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