New Underground Storage Tank Regulations

Wiregrass residents will soon have one less contaminant to worry about in the water supply.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management is requiring all owners and operators of underground storage tanks to be responsible for leaks.

New prohibition regulations require owners to perform leak inspections through installation of a computer system in the tank or monthly analysis of the contents.

Owners and operators may be subject to fines if they do not comply.

“It's very important for the Wiregrass are to have these new provisions because of the because of all the public water supplies and private wells that rely on groundwater for drinking water.”

Enforcement of the regulations starts on August 6.


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  • by Mendy Location: Daleville, AL on Jul 23, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    But what is ADEM going to do about the storage tanks that are already leaking and causing damage? The property that I manage has been dealing with ADEM for almost 8 years now and we still have contaminated water seeping out of the ground. How long does it really take for paperwork to make it through the chain of command? They seem to want to inforce this, but when it comes down to helping the vicitim of someone else's poor judgement or lack there of, they seem dumb founded. I have done my research and know that there are funds out there for clean up, but what is it going to take for them to get the paperwork through to do this. We are spending money to clean up someone else's mess, wasting time playing the waiting game with ADEM and losing money because of this. Someone really needs to step it up at ADEM. Maybe the EPA Region 4 would like to hear of this.
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