Above-ground Fuel Storage Tank Inspections: West Virginia

In West Virginia, above-ground fuel storage tanks are typically regulated by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (WVDEP) under the West Virginia Code of State Rules (WVCSR), Title 47, Series 63. This series 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, WVCSR Title 47, Series 63-7 requires 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 WVDEP. 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, WVCSR Title 47, Series 63-8 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 West Virginia can vary depending on the type of tank and the product being stored, so it’s important to check with WVDEP to ensure that you are in compliance with all applicable regulations.

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