The Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regulates the registration, installation, operation, maintenance, inspection, and closure of petroleum fuel and hazardous substance UST systems.
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MassDEP Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
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News & Updates
MassDEP reminded UST facilities that by October 13, 2022, they must perform:
- Integrity testing of turbine, intermediate, and dispenser sumps; and
- Testing of spill buckets and overflow prevention equipment.
See the regulations at 310 CMR 80.27(7) and 80.28(2)(f) for details.
MassDEP issued new fact sheets summarizing requirements that apply:
- Generally to all UST system owner/operators
- Specifically to UST system owners installing new equipment; and
- To all UST system installation contractors.
See Regulations & Policies to learn more.
MassDEP implemented amendments to 310 CMR 80.00: Underground Storage Tank (UST) Systems to make them at least as stringent as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) UST regulations at 40 CFR 280 and 281, as well as to clarify and enhance other UST program requirements. The agency also announced changes in its Stage I Vapor Recovery Program that may affect you.
Questions? Contact us or see Additional Resources below to learn more.
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Facility Owners & Operators
Owner/operators of underground storage tank (UST) systems in Massachusetts are required to:
- Meet all registration, compliance, and reporting requirements of 310 CMR 80.00 by using the UST Data Management System. Follow the Key Actions link below. If you are new to online filing, please see Online Filing & Forms before beginning.
- Employ at least one MassDEP-certified Class A, B and C Operator for every UST system (see Key Actions for certification details and Additional Resources below for a current list of those who have passed their exams).
- Ensure that all UST systems and components are inspected every three years by a MassDEP-certified Third-Party Inspector (TPI). See the TPI Search in Key Actions.
- Submit a Compliance Self-Certification to MassDEP every three years via the UST Data Management System.
- Demonstrate sufficient financial resources to pay for environmental and other damages if their tanks release a regulated substance.
See Additional Resources below and the Regulations & Policies section of this web page to learn more.
Additional Resources for Facility Owners & Operators
Third-Party Inspections & Inspectors
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).
MassDEP's TPI Certification Program ensures that those responsible for inspecting UST systems have the necessary knowledge and understanding of how these systems work. Qualified individuals are certified for five years and need to apply for renewal at least 90 days before their current certifications expire.
Hired directly by tank owner/operators, these professionals document the results of their on-site inspections, review facility record keeping to ensure it meets state requirements, and report their inspection findings to the MassDEP via nSPECT, an online reporting system.
Although TPIs provide compliance advice to their clients, they are not authorized to enforce laws or regulations.
See Key Actions and Additional Resources below to learn more.
Additional Resources for Third-Party Inspections & Inspectors
Online Filing & Forms
Use the UST Data Management System in Key Actions below to register underground storage tanks with MassDEP, notify the agency of changes in their status, and report the results of third-party inspections.
- If you are new to online filing, see Instructions for New Owners of UST Systems in Additional Resources below.
- As a new user, you will also need to create an account and submit a completed and notarized Standard Proof of Identity Form, also available below. You may fill out and save the Microsoft Word form on your computer. The PDF version has to be printed out and completed by hand.
- Only if you are unable to file online, obtain the forms you need from the Download Center below.
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Regulations & Policies
MassDEP in October 2021 implemented amendments to 310 CMR 80.00: Underground Storage Tank (UST) Systems to make the regulation at least as stringent as 40 CFR 280 and 281, enforced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as to clarify and enhance other state UST program requirements.
The full regulation, an FAQ, and information on UST system owner/operator, record-keeping, and installation contractor requirements are available in Additional Resources below.
See also: 310 CMR 40.000 (site and spill cleanup) and 503 CMR 4.00 (21J fund UST cleanup fees)
Additional Resources for Regulations & Policies
USTs in Massachusetts
See Key Actions below for:
- A searchable, sortable public database of underground storage tank facilities in your community and across Massachusetts.
- Current data on active UST facilities in Massachusetts, UST system inspection findings, and confirmed product releases.