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New Underground Storage Tank Regulations – 310 CMR 80.00

USTs, formerly regulated by the State Fire Marshal under 527 CMR 9.00, are now regulated by the MassDEP under 310 CMR 80.00.  Here are some key new regulations:

  • All singled-walled, non-residential USTs must be removed by August 2017
  • Assessment of soils is required within 24 hours of all tank removals
  • Temporary closure of tanks extended to 5 years
  • DEP must be notified 30 days after initial product into tank
  • New UST system must be inspected prior to backfilling
  • Third Party Inspections are no longer required prior to opening new station but must be conducted every 3 years
  • Tanks with STPs must have sumps by 2019, sumps must be tested at installation and after repair, sumps require inspected regularly
  • Piping installed between 1989 and mid-1999 that do not have continuous monitoring must implement such with annual inspection, perform quarterly inspection and annual testing, or an ATG system with SIR
  • Spill buckets must be tightness tested upon installation, by 2017 and every 5 yrs
  • ER sign posted at least 10′ away from UST system
  • Inventory reconciliation “abnormal loss” now 1% plus 130 gallons
  • Inventory reconciliation no longer required for double-walled tank with interstitial monitoring
  • Any ATG alarm must be investigated with report log generated
  • Compliance certification must be performed 16-18 months from TPI due date

Refer to 310 CMR 80.00 directly for additional information.

BEA’s Emergency Response Unit

Financial help with a 5% interest rate betterment loan is now available through the Barnstable County Community Septic Management Loan Program.  Loans, repayable over 20 years, cover all costs directly associated with the septic system upgrade. To download an application for the loan program, click here http://www.barnstablecountysepticloan.org.  And did you know that you may be able claim a credit (“Title 5 credit”) against personal income tax imposed for certain expenditures associated with the repair or replacement of a failed cesspool or septic system. Click here for more information TIR 97-12 Personal Income Tax Credit.

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BEA’s Emergency Response Unit

BEA’s mobile unit comes fully equipped to address emergency response/releases of oil and/or hazardous materials (OHM) within 2 hours on the Cape.

Residential Underground Storage Tank (RUST) 0% Loan Program

Barnstable County Department of Health & Environment offers 0% financing repayable for up to 10 years to assist residential homeowners in the removal of their underground storage tank and to repair or replace fuel lines.  What a great deal!  Avoid costly cleanup costs and YANK that TANK!Contact Amy Wallace at BCDHE by calling 508-375-6908 or at [email protected] for more information.

Insurance Legislation for Residential Fuel Oil Releases

Where an average fuel oil cleanup can cost tens of thousands of dollars, and a cleanup with groundwater impact considerably more, a release can result in catastrophic personal financial loss.  In order to provide some relief to homeowners, legislation has been adopted wherein all homeowner’s insurers in MA must now offer cleanup coverage to homeowners upon inquiry, provided their heating system has been upgraded and certified.

Recently, David Bennett co-authored an article in the LSPA Newsletter wherein it was noted that the term “make available” does not require insurers to inform homeowners of this option and many remain unaware of its availability.  In the meantime, the prevalence of pollution exclusions in these policies continues to rise. Some proposed legislative changes include requiring insurers to notify all MA homeowners of the availability of a liquid fuel rider, mandatory coverage with an “opt out” provision, engagement in public education and outreach, and/or establish a 21J-like fund for home heating oil cleanups.  We will keep you posted on any future legislation.

As a reminder, personal experience has shown that this $100,000/$300,000 coverage can be purchased for less than $100 per year.  Contact your insurance agent today to request a quote!  For more information on this new legislation please refer to New Insurance Legislation for Residential Fuel Oil Releases.  For additional information on the upgrades required to receive such coverages please refer to Homeowner Oil Heating System Upgrade – Insurance Law.  You may also contact our office directly with any questions or concerns regarding your fuel oil heating system.

We Support Local Business

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