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Storage Tanks

The Pennsylvania DEP regulates both aboveground and underground storage tanks that contain regulated substances, including petroleum products.  While there are some exceptions for tanks based on size or use, most tanks are subject to DEP regulations.  These tanks can only be installed, modified, or inspected by companies with the proper certification.  There are requirements for technical specifications, work practices, registration, recordkeeping, inspections and more.  

The EPA also has storage tank regulations and requirements for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans.


Resources for Storage Tanks

Both aboveground and underground storage tanks are regulated in Pennsylvania as any releases can harm the land, air and water and affect the health and safety of Pennsylvania residents, employees, and small businesses.

Funding Opportunities

Pennsylvania offers several programs to help pay for cleaning, remediation and upgrade of underground storage tanks (USTs). For more information, visit our funding pages.


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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.
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