In Colorado, above-ground fuel storage tanks are typically regulated by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) under the Colorado Solid Waste Disposal Sites and Facilities Regulations, specifically Part 264, Subpart J. This regulation sets out the requirements for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) that contain hazardous waste or other hazardous substances.
Specifically, Part 264, Subpart J requires that all regulated ASTs must be inspected at least once every three years 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 CDPHE. The inspection must include an examination of the tank and associated piping, as well as non-destructive testing of the tank shell and bottom.
In addition to the periodic inspections, Part 264, Subpart J 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 Colorado can vary depending on the type of tank and the product being stored, so it’s important to check with CDPHE to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.