Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program
INFORMATION ON ABANDONED STORAGE TANKS
Abandoned UST Initiative
Underground storage tanks (USTs) are considered abandoned when regulated substances are no longer stored within those USTs and/or when monitoring requirements of the Operating Permit, Title 23 of California Code or Regulations, and California Health and Safety Code 25298 are not being implemented. Various risks can arise from abandoned USTs when they are not properly closed in place such as the possibility of leaked hazardous substances and contamination to the environment. Therefore it is important that sites with (possible) presence of abandoned USTs be addressed in order to avoid the consequences.
From April 2013 to November 2016, the California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) worked to address 327 abandoned UST sites across the State of California, in close collaboration with local Unified Program Agencies (UPAs).
In a letter to the UPAs dated April 2017, the State Water Board provided guidance on the regulation and inspection of abandoned tanks. Additional information on abandoned tanks can be found the the State Water Board FAQ page.
ABANDONED UST INITIATIVE REPORTS
- Abandoned UST Initiative Closeout Summary Report, April 2017
- Abandoned UST Initiative Progress Report, July 2015
- Abandoned UST Initiative Progress Report, December 2014
- Abandoned UST Initiative Progress Report, June 2014
- Abandoned Underground Tank Initiative Report, April 2013
RESOURCES FOR ABANDONED UST
- Inspection of Abandoned Underground Storage Tank (rev. April 2019)
- Fact Sheet for California Property Owners – Tank Closure & Cleanup Requirements, May 2014 rev. April 2017
- Funding Program Matrix
- Funding Eligibility Screening Checklist
- Tips for Responsible Party (RP) Searches
Fact sheets and application forms for funding programs
ABANDONED UST MEDIA COVERAGE
- U.S. EPA to Empty Fuel from Abandoned Underground Tanks at Former Gas Station in Fresno, April 4, 2016
- State and EPA Cleaning Up Hidden Dangers from Abandoned Gas Stations Around Fresno County, ABC News, April 5, 2016
- Former Fresno gas station’s underground tanks pumped out, Fresno Bee, April 5, 2016
- Press Release: U.S. EPA to Excavate Four Underground Tanks, Up to 5,000 Gallons Each, at Former Gas Station in Fresno, August 26, 2014
- EPA Removing Abandoned Underground Gas Tanks in Fresno County, ABC News, August 27, 2014
- EPA to clean up Downtown Fresno site, The Business Journal, August 26, 2014 Fronk’s Restaurant the latest in Bellflower Village, Long Beach Press Telegram, March 12, 2014
To report an abandoned UST, contact the appropriate Unified Program Agency.