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Pennsylvania DEP Releases Updated Technical Guidance Documents for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tanks

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Small businesses across Pennsylvania have access to newly updated technical guidance documents (TGDs) recently released by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). These TGDs serve to provide clear standards and guidance on various environmental regulations pertinent to small business operations.

Among the updated TGDs are those addressing closure requirements for both aboveground and underground storage tank systems. These documents establish minimum standards that businesses must adhere to in order to comply with regulatory mandates. The guidance covers a spectrum of procedures including closure notification, tank system closure, waste management, site assessment, sampling, release reporting, and recordkeeping.

Noteworthy revisions to these documents include updates to sampling requirements to ensure alignment with current regulatory standards. Additionally, both the Aboveground Storage Tank System Closure Report Form and the Underground Storage Tank System Closure Report Form have undergone modifications to enhance the completeness of reported information.

Small business owners are encouraged to thoroughly review these updated documents to stay abreast of their environmental obligations and ensure compliance with state regulations. Public participation in the review process is highly valued by the DEP, and comments on the draft TGDs and associated report forms are actively solicited.

Comments on the draft TGDs will be accepted until May 6, 2024. Business owners can provide their feedback using the Department’s online eComment tool.

Access to the revised TGDs and related report forms is available on the DEP’s website. To access these resources and stay informed about environmental regulations impacting small businesses in Pennsylvania, visit the DEP’s eLibrary at

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.