In Georgia, above-ground fuel storage tanks are typically regulated by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) under the Rules for Hazardous Waste Management (Chapter 391-3-11) and the Rules for Solid Waste Management (Chapter 391-3-4). These regulations set 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, the Georgia Rules for Hazardous Waste Management require that all regulated ASTs must be inspected 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 EPD. 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 annual inspections, the Georgia Rules for Hazardous Waste Management require 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.
The Georgia Rules for Solid Waste Management also require annual inspections of regulated ASTs, as well as regular monitoring and maintenance to ensure that the tanks are in good condition and that any defects are identified and repaired promptly.
It’s important to note that the specific requirements for above-ground fuel storage tank inspections and maintenance in Georgia can vary depending on the type of tank and the product being stored, so it’s important to check with the Georgia EPD to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.