DEP's Northwest District's first edition of The Pertro Pulse!


Volume 1, Issue 1                                             February 2017

Welcome to the first edition of The Petro Pulse! Our goal is to share information that will help you understand the rules and regulations of operating and maintaining underground storage tank and aboveground storage tank facilities in Northwest Florida. We hope you find the information in this and future newsletters useful.

We are here to assist, so please reach out to any of our contacts listed at the bottom of the newsletter with any questions, comments or ideas.

New Year, New Rules!

Revised storage tank rules Chapters 62-761 and
62-762, Florida Administrative Codes (F.A.C.) became effective on Jan. 11, 2017. A major change of the underground storage tank (UST) rule is that Category A, B and C USTs are no longer addressed; those types of tanks were required to upgrade in 2009. Both UST and aboveground storage tank (AST) rules also have new procedures and require submission of new forms. These rules and forms can be located and downloaded from the department’s website. We will outline some of the major changes to the rules in this issue of the Petro Pulse and follow up on more specific topics in upcoming newsletters.

Abovegound Storage Tank Highlights

    Overfill Protection & Release Detection Testing
    All level gauges, measuring devices, high level warning alarms and high level liquid flow cutoff controllers are required to have an annual operability test to show the component is working properly. All release detection devices also need to be tested to verify proper operation. Initial testing for this requirement needs to be completed by Jan. 11, 2018 and repeated every 12 months.

      Line Leak Detectors (LLDs) & Anti-Siphon Valves
      LLDs are required for pressurized small diameter piping that is in contact with the soil and installed after
      Jan. 11, 2017. Anti-siphon valves are required where the tank places a gravity head on the small diameter piping positioned below the product level and installed after Jan. 11, 2017. Systems installed prior to this date will be required to install LLDs and Anti-Siphon Valves
      by Jan. 11, 2018.

        Other Highlights

        Equipment Registration
        Storage tank system components that do not already have a DEP equipment number must apply for and obtain approval before installation. Equipment registration will need to be renewed every five years. Components approved under the former equipment approval process can continue to be used and installed, but all approvals (EQ#) must be renewed by the manufacturer by Jan. 11, 2022.

        Financial Responsibility
        There are new forms to certify financial responsibility. Financial responsibility is required for all tanks until they have been properly closed and a Closure Report or Limited Closure Report Form has been submitted and approved by your contracted inspection office or DEP. A tank system that doesn’t have financial responsibility for 90 days will need to be closed.

        A positive response of your release detection will require you to complete an Incident Notification Form (INF) and conduct an investigation to determine if a discharge occured. This response needs to happen within 24 hours of discovery. The INF does not need to be submitted to your contracted inspection office if it is verified within 72 hours of discovery that no discharge happened. However, it is recommended that you maintain a copy of the INF for future reference, especially when conducting a component or tank closure.

        Underground Storage Tanks Highlights

        Operator Training
        By Oct. 13, 2018 every underground storage tank (UST) facility shall have a certified Class A, Class B and Class C operator on site.

        Flow Restrictors
        Ball float valves will no longer be an option for new installations. Other methods such as shut-off valves or alarms will be required.

        Breach of Integrity
        This test will be required at installation and after repairs; no longer required every 5 years.

        Integrity Testing
        All dispenser liners, sumps and spill buckets need to have routine hydrostatic testing completed.
        Single-walled components will need to be tested once by Jan. 11, 2018 and again every year. Double-walled components need to be tested by Oct. 13, 2018 and again every 3 years.

        A Closure Integrity Evaluation Report Form will need to be completed for all closures. A failed evaluation will require an Incident Notification Form (INF) to be filed followed by an investigation.

        Signed and sealed survey drawing is required of installed tanks and underground integral piping.

        Overfill Protection
        All level gauges, measuring devices, high level warning alarms and high level liquid flow cutoff controllers are required to have an annual operability test to show the component is working properly.

        Emergency Generators
        Release detection will be required for all emergency generators installed after Jan. 11, 2017 and will be required for all other generators by Oct. 13, 2018.

        Fluid in Containment Devices
        Water in excess of one inch, and any regulated substance, must be removed within 72 hours of discovery.

        Electronic Release Detection
        Piping and dispenser sumps that use electronic devices must also have visual inspections completed every six months.

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