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Agencies and Programs that Regulate Petroleum Storage Tanks

Find contact information for the agencies and programs that regulate petroleum storage tanks (PSTs) in Texas.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Our rules and regulations for underground and aboveground storage tanks are in Title 30, Texas Administrative Code (30 TAC), Chapter 334 .

For questions about PST registration or technical help, contact our Petroleum Storage Tank program.

For help with meeting TCEQ’s PST regulations, contact our Small Business and Local Government Assistance program.

Edwards Aquifer Authority

You may have requirements for protecting the Edwards or Trinity aquifers if your underground storage tank (UST) system is in Kinney, Uvalde, Medina, Bexar, Comal, Hays, Travis, or Williamson County.

Tier II Chemical Reporting Program

You must report to the Tier II Program if your facility stores or uses hazardous chemicals in amounts that equal or exceed the following thresholds:

  • 500 pounds or the threshold-planning quantity of extremely hazardous substances (whichever is lower)
  • 75,000 gallons of gasoline at retail gas stations
  • 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel at retail gas stations
  • 10,000 pounds of any other hazardous chemical

For help with Tier II reporting:

Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation’s Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program

If you dispense fuel, you may be subject to the Motor Fuel Metering and Quality Program (formerly known as Weights and Measures) housed under the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR).

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)

RRC may regulate your activities if they are associated with the exploration, development, or production of oil or gas.

State Fire Marshal

Always contact your local fire marshal in any type of emergency involving a PST. They may also have requirements for where you can place a new or replacement tank.

EPA’s Spill-Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC)

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) manages the SPCC program, which aims to prevent discharges of oil into navigable waters and adjoining shorelines and regulates proper preparation for and response to such discharges.

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

The DPS regulates the transport of hazardous materials, including fuel or empty fuel tanks, on highways.

Texas General Land Office (GLO)

The GLO Oil Spill Division regulates any aboveground storage tank (AST) or UST that could cause spills that could reach coastal waters.

State Comptroller of Public Accounts

Contact them for information on the fuel surcharge collected by bulk facility operators. The fuel surcharge goes toward the Petroleum Storage Tank Remediation Fund.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Contact OSHA for health and safety requirements for UST and AST facilities.