New Guidelines for Minimizing UST Leaks, Contamination

Two new guidance documents, one from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one from a private, industry-funded non-profit, provide practical tips for maintaining underground storage tanks, minimizing fuel contamination, and maximizing fuel system cleanliness necessary for diesel equipment. 

EPA's document, which is far more substantive, provides easy-to-understand descriptions of several release detection methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the regulatory requirements for release detection.  Release detection methods include: secondary containment with interstitial monitoring; automatic tank gauging; continuous in-tank leak detection; statistical inventory reconciliation; tank tightness testing with inventory control; manual tank gauging; groundwater monitoring; vapor monitoring; and release detection for underground piping. 
 
EPA's document can be accessed here. 
 
Also, the Coordinating Research Council (CRC), a non-profit environmental and engineering research group funded by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and several automakers, has released a two-page guide that provides practical tips for maintaining underground storage tanks (USTs), minimizing fuel contamination, and maximizing fuel system cleanliness necessary for diesel equipment.  According to CRC, "adopting these guidelines can help improve fuel quality, prolong equipment life, reduce corrosion and owner's operating expenses."  
 
All suggestions should be performed in a safe, legal, and environmentally sensitive manner.  The document can be found here. 
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David Fialkov is the Vice President of Government Relations, as well as the Legislative and Regulatory Counsel, at NATSO. In this capacity, Mr. Fialkov direct's NATSO's legislative, regulatory, and legal strategy on a range of issues, including transportation, energy and fuels, labor, data security, and taxes. Mr. Fialkov also oversees NATSO's political engagement program, including individualized legal and political counsel to member companies. Prior to joining NATSO, Mr. Fialkov was the senior associate in the Government Affairs and Public Policy practice at the law firm of Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C. At Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov advised clients on legislative, regulatory, and political issues, as well as legal concerns. His primary clients included trade associations representing the motor fuel wholesale and retail industries, including the National Association of Convenience Stores and the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America. Mr. Fialkov's focus was not only on the motor fuels business, but also the litany of other issues that retailers confront, including labor matters, foodservice issues, healthcare and employment issues, tax matters and data security. Prior to joining Steptoe, Mr. Fialkov graduated with honors from George Washington University Law School. He received his B.S. Summa cum laude with highest honors from Clark University in Worcester, MA. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Allison and daughter Lilah. More
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