Oregon's Underground Storage Tank Program is part of the DEQ's Land Quality Division. The UST Program handles issues related to tank registration and operating certificates; installation, operation and removal of USTs; cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination from petroleum leaks; training of system operators; financial liability protection for future leaks, licensing of contractors working on USTs and enforcement of state UST rules.
Update: 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.
General program information
UST compliance laws and regulations
- ORS Chapter 466 - Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Materials II
Sections 466.706 to 466.845, 466.994 and 466.995
- Division 12 - Enforcement Procedures and Civil Penalties
- Division 150 - Underground Storage Tank Rules
- Division 151 - Financial Responsibility for USTs
- Code of Federal Regulations - Regulations and Standards Related to UST
The federal list of Hazardous Substances Adopted Pursuant to Section 101(14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act is found in 40 CFR Part 302.4.