The Energy Policy Act of 2005 mandated states to require either evidence of financial responsibility and installer certification or secondary containment and under-dispenser containment for new and replaced underground storage tank systems.
In order to meet these federal requirements and develop regulations, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) formed a work group consisting of LDEQ staff, owners, operators and installers of UST systems and representatives of LOMCSA. After extensive research and discussions with stakeholders, LDEQ proposed Secondary Containment for UST Systems regulations (UT014) on June 20, 2008. The public comment period ended and the rule became final on October 20, 2008.
This new rule requires all UST systems installed after December 20, 2008 to have secondary containment (double-walled or jacketed tanks and piping) with monthly interstitial monitoring provided on both the tanks and the piping. Interstitial monitoring of double-walled or jacketed tanks and piping can be conducted either continuously by means of an automatic leak sensing device that signals to the operator the presence of any regulated substance in the interstitial space, or manually every 30 days by means of a procedure capable of detecting the presence of any regulated substance in the interstitial space.
If a single-walled underground storage tank was placed in the ground at the location where was to be put into service prior to December 20, 2008 the UST owner was allowed 90 days (until March 20, 2009) to complete the UST system installation without having to comply with the secondary containment requirements.
If 25% or more of a piping run to any one UST is repaired or replaced, the entire piping run must be secondarily contained with monthly interstitial monitoring.
UST systems installed after December 20, 2008 are also required to have under-dispenser containment and submersible pump containment.
After December 20, 2008 under-dispenser secondary containment (UDC) sumps are required under the following conditions:
After December 20, 2008 secondary containment for submersible pumps is required under the following conditions:
UDC and STP containment sumps installed after December 20, 2008 must be liquid-tight on sides, bottoms, and at penetrations, and be maintained free of storm water, debris, and regulated substances. Regulated substances spilled into any UDC or STP sump shall be immediately removed upon discovery to the maximum extent practicable.
After October 20, 2008 all spill buckets must have liquid-tight sides and bottoms and be maintained free of regulated substances. Regulated substances spilled into any spill bucket must be immediately removed.
These actions were taken to maintain federal funding and delegation of the UST program in the State of Louisiana. This will further enhance our effort to maintain protection of human health and the environment by allowing new UST systems to contain and detect product leaks before they enter the environment. The UST regulations (LAC 33:XI – Underground Storage Tanks) can be reviewed on our website.
The UST Division gave presentations on the new secondary containment regulations to certified UST installer and repair contractors in March 2010. A copy of the presentation is available on the LDEQ ENVIROSCHOOL Library page: https://www.deq.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/About_LDEQ/enviroschool/ENVIROSCHOOL-Secondary-Containment-March2010.pdf.
If you have any questions or need further clarification of these new regulations, please feel free to call Samuel Broussard of LDEQ’s UST Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-262-5744.