The owners/operators of most underground storage tank (UST) systems in Massachusetts are required to have those systems and their components inspected every three years by Third-Party Inspectors (TPIs). Hired directly by tank owner/operators, these professionals document the results of their on-site inspections, review facility record keeping to ensure it meets UST Program requirements, and report their inspection findings to the Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) via the nSPECT Online Filing System
. While TPIs provide compliance advice to their clients, they are not authorized to enforce laws or regulations.
Regulations & Policies
- UST Regulations & Policies
MassDEP UST and site/spill assessment cleanup rules, UST closure assessment manual, and more.
- Frequently Asked Questions: 310 CMR 80.00
Updated to include information on single-wall steel tank closure requirements and permanent closure of UST systems in place.
- Presentation: MassDEP UST Third-Party Inspector Workshops, Winter 2015
file size 2MBCovers the January 2015 amendments to the agency's UST program regulations.
Third-Party Inspector Qualifications
- UST/ TPI: Third-Party Inspector Certification/Renewal
Apply for MassDEP certification as an underground storage tank (UST) Third-Party Inspector. Qualified individuals are certified for five years and need to apply for renewal at least 90 days before their current certifications expire.
- International Code Council (ICC)
Obtaining specific ICC certifications is a prerequisite for qualifying as a UST third-party inspector in Massachusetts.
- Third-Party UST Inspectors
List of individuals qualified to perform third-party inspections in Massachusetts.
Facility Inspections & Reporting
- UST nSPECT
Online reporting system for UST third-party inspectors.
- Massachusetts UST Facilities' Next Third-Party Inspection Due Dates - June 15, 2015 file size 2MB
Facilities are listed in ID number order, but may be sorted in Excel.
To learn more about the MassDEP Third-Party UST Inspection Program, call the agency's UST Hotline at 617-556-1035, Extension 2, or write: DEP.UST@state.ma.us