In Alabama, above-ground fuel storage tanks are typically regulated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) under the Alabama Administrative Code (AAC) Chapter 335-6-15. This chapter sets out the requirements for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) that contain petroleum or other hazardous substances.
Specifically, Section 335-6-15-.14 of the AAC requires that all regulated ASTs must be inspected and tested at least once every year by a qualified inspector. The inspector must be certified by the Steel Tank Institute (STI) or the American Petroleum Institute (API), or have equivalent qualifications approved by ADEM. The inspection must include a visual examination of the tank and associated piping, as well as non-destructive testing of the tank shell and bottom.
In addition to the annual inspections, Section 335-6-15-.12 of the AAC requires that all regulated ASTs must be maintained in a safe and operable condition at all times. This includes regular monitoring for leaks, corrosion, and other signs of damage, as well as promptly repairing or replacing any damaged components.
It’s important to note that the specific requirements for above-ground fuel storage tank inspections and maintenance in Alabama can vary depending on the type of tank and the product being stored, so it’s important to check with ADEM to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.