In Florida, above-ground fuel storage tanks are typically regulated by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) under Chapter 62-761 of the Florida Administrative Code (FAC). This chapter sets out the requirements for the installation, operation, maintenance, and closure of above-ground storage tanks (ASTs) that contain petroleum or other hazardous substances.
Specifically, Section 62-761.430 of the FAC requires that owners or operators of ASTs subject to this chapter shall perform periodic inspections and tests to ensure the integrity of the tank system. The frequency of these inspections and tests will depend on the tank size, the product stored, and other factors. For example, tanks with a capacity of 1,000 gallons or more must be visually inspected at least once every three years, while tanks with a capacity of 5,000 gallons or more must be inspected annually.
In addition to the periodic inspections, Section 62-761.420 of the FAC requires that owners or operators of ASTs shall maintain the tanks and associated equipment in a safe and operable condition at all times. This includes regularly checking for leaks, corrosion, and other signs of damage, and repairing or replacing any damaged components promptly.
It’s important to note that the specific requirements for above-ground fuel storage tank inspections and maintenance in Florida can vary depending on the type of tank and the product being stored, so it’s important to check with the FDEP to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.