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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.


Information and 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.

The Pennsylvania DEP Division of Storage Tanks provides a range of resources and information to assist with compliance and proper management of storage tanks. The 2018 Revisions to Pennsylvania’s Storage Tank Regulations serves as a central hub for accessing various resources and guidelines. This webpage offers comprehensive information on storage tank regulations, requirements, and procedures specific to Pennsylvania.

The Fact Sheets available on the DEP website are valuable resources that provide detailed information on various aspects of storage tanks. These fact sheets may cover topics such as storage tank registration, certification, permits, and closure procedures. By referring to these fact sheets, individuals and businesses can gain a better understanding of the regulatory requirements and processes involved in the installation, operation, and closure of storage tanks in Pennsylvania.

In addition to the regulatory aspects, the Pennsylvania DEP also offers information on the Storage Tank Cleanup Program. This program is designed to address the remediation and cleanup of storage tank sites that have experienced releases or contamination. The DEP provides guidance and support to help owners and operators of storage tanks manage and remediate any pollution incidents that may occur.

Financial assistance may also be available through the DEP for storage tank-related projects. Details about the financial assistance programs offered by the DEP can be found on their website. These programs aim to provide funding or grants to eligible individuals or businesses to aid in the prevention, detection, and cleanup of storage tank-related issues.

Additionally, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides valuable information on underground storage tanks (USTs) through their Underground Storage Tank Information webpage. This resource likely offers guidance on federal regulations, UST compliance, prevention of leaks and releases, and information on proper UST management practices.

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.