Environmental and Regulatory Forms
Improper handling and storage of petroleum, hazardous substances/chemicals or liquefied natural gas (LNG) can result in spills that threaten the environment or pose health and safety risks to nearby persons. Across the state, there have been instances of spills of petroleum or chemicals that have caused groundwater contamination including some public water supplies. Storage and handling of LNG poses primarily fire safety concerns and risks from handling a cryogenic (extremely cold) material.
Based on several federal and state laws, regulations, and guidance documents, DEC has developed the following programs to establish requirements for the safe storage and handling of these materials, inspection programs to verify that these requirements are being met, and enforcement procedures to require that violations be corrected and deter future non-compliance:
Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) Program
The PBS program applies to properties which have, except for tank systems that are specifically exempted:
- one or more tank systems that are designed to store a combined capacity of more than 1,100 gallons or more of petroleum in aboveground and/or underground storage tanks; or
- one or more underground tank systems that are designed to store 110 or more gallons of petroleum.
If the property meets the above criteria, it is considered a “facility” and all tank systems storing petroleum (with some exceptions) must be registered with DEC and managed in compliance with applicable regulations for the storage of petroleum. In addition, per the used oil regulations, all aboveground and underground tank systems designed to store used oil, regardless of size, must be registered with DEC and managed with applicable regulations for storage and handling of petroleum.