The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially approved Oregon’s Underground Storage Tank Program on Sept. 16, 2011, as published in the Federal Register.Federal Register 40 CFR Part 281
EPA approval of a state program means that requirements in the state’s laws and regulations are in effect rather than the federal requirements. Requirements for approval of state UST programs include laws and regulations that are no less stringent than the federal requirements and adequate enforcement of compliance. Currently 36 states, the District of Columbia and Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have approved programs.
Oregon tank owners and permittees will benefit from state program approval by having a single set of requirements (Oregon’s) enforced in the state, thus eliminating duplication and confusion that can result from having separate state and federal requirements. Oregon’s UST Program now operates under an agreement with EPA that clearly delineates EPA’s limited role and assures Oregon the lead role in administering and enforcing the program.