2021 ASTSWMO Annual Meeting Presentations

Presentations

UST Open Bermed Containment Systems at Retail Fueling Facilities

This position paper addresses open bermed containment systems at commercial retail fuel facilities that are used to meet the spill prevention equipment requirements for underground storage tanks (USTs) outlined in 40 CFR 280.20(c), and replaces ASTSWMO’s July 2016 position on these systems. The new document clarifies that ASTSWMO’s position addresses open bermed containment systems at retail fueling facilities, includes additional details about the construction and design of spill buckets vs open bermed containment systems, and new and updated references and resources.

2021 ASTSWMO Mid-Year Webinar Recordings

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2020 Annual State Fund Survey

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, in partnership with ASTSWMO, conducts a survey of all State Financial Assurance Fund programs and provides results on their design characteristics, funding, and fund activity each year. Summary and results from 2020 are provided below.
Summary
Table 1: Design Characteristics of State Financial Assurance Funds 2020
Table 2: Funding for State Financial Assurance Funds 2020
Table 3: Level of Activity in State Financial Assurance Funds 2020
Table 4: Cost Control Measures/State Fund Updates 2020

For archives of previous State Fund Surveys visit the Annual State Fund Survey Archives page.

EPA OUST Briefing on Proposed Rulemaking – E15 and Compatibility with USTs

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On January 19, 2021, EPA published a proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register to modify E15 dispenser labels and revise UST system compatibility requirements. A summary of the proposal and links to the notice and Federal Register are available here.
 
During this meeting on February 16, 2021, ASTSWMO hosted leadership from EPA OUST to provide a short briefing on the proposed rulemaking – focusing on the UST provisions.

ASTSWMO Annual Webinar Recordings

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EPA’s UST Finder: National UST and Releases Web Map – Webinar

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The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), along with ASTSWMO, developed UST Finder, a flexible web map application containing a comprehensive, state-sourced national map of underground storage tank (UST) and leaking UST (LUST) data. Using publicly available information, UST Finder provides the attributes and locations of active and closed USTs, UST facilities, and LUST sites from states as of 2018-2019. UST Finder contains information about proximity of UST facilities and LUST sites to: surface and groundwater public drinking water protection areas; estimated number of private domestic wells and number of people living nearby; and flooding and wildfires. UST Finder can import additional data layers and export UST facility and LUST site information for use by other software programs.

During this webinar Alex Hall and Fran Kremer from EPA’s Office of Research and Development introduced UST Finder to participants and highlighted the web application’s features and available data. UST Finder is accessible to the public here.

New Page: State Programs Addressing Abandoned Underground Storage Tanks

Several States have developed programs to safely remove these tanks and discover whether contamination has occurred. The State Fund-Financial Responsibility Task Force compiled these information sheets from State programs to highlight their efforts and to provide examples for other States who wish to develop similar programs. The compendium also identifies States with programs in place to help fund closure of abandoned underground storage tanks.

ASTSWMO Statement on ASTM E3225-20 and Testing of Spill Prevention Equipment and Containment SUMPs Requirements in 40 CFR – 280.35

In March 2020, ASTM released E3225-20, Standard Practice for Performing a Liquid Test of Spill Prevention Equipment and Containment Sumps Used for Interstitial Monitoring of Piping by Visual Examination. ASTM E3225-20 provides a practice for inspection of spill prevention equipment and containment sumps by visual examination (“naked eye”) that does not use vacuum, pressure, or liquid testing.