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TCEQ Adopts Revisions to the Petroleum Storage Tank Rules

May 2018 – On May 9, 2018, TCEQ commissioners adopted revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334, Underground and Aboveground Storage Tanks.

The adopted rules incorporate changes from EPA’s 2015 revisions to the federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations Exit the TCEQ, in Title 40 Code of Federal  Regulations (CFR) part 280.

The rule revisions include:

  • Periodic operation and maintenance requirements for UST systems to conduct walkthrough inspections and test UST system components,
  • Requirements to ensure UST system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends,
  • New requirements to annually test specific release-detection equipment,
  • Changes to comply with existing EPA release-detection requirements to monitor at least every 30 days (instead of every 35 days), and
  • Minor rule revisions relating to the fee on delivery of petroleum products to reflect changes that were statutorily implemented in the Texas Water Code in 2015.

The rules will publish in the Texas Register on May 25, 2018, and be effective on May 31, 2018.  To view the adopted rule, visit www.tceq.texas.gov/rules/adopt.html.