EPA Reauthorizes Oregon Underground Storage Tank Program


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially reauthorized Oregon’s Underground Storage Tank Program on Sept. 24, 2019, as published in the Federal Register.

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.

Oregon tank owners and permittees 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 continues to operate under an agreement with EPA that clearly delineates EPA’s limited role and assures Oregon the lead role in administering and enforcing the program.