Underground Petroleum Storage Systems - The ticking time bomb

The Australasian Convenience and Petroleoum Marketers Association calls them "The ticking time bomb - out of sight, out of mind" (click here).

The implementation of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2008 required owners of sites possessing underground storage tanks suitable for the storage of petroleum based products to implement a series of environmental protection measures by key dates.

Underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) have the potential to leak, leading to expensive clean-up bills and damage to the environment. Persistent leaks can have a major impact on neighbouring properties and impose very significant costs on the tank owner and the broader community.

The measures relate to mandatory environmental safeguards such as leak detection, secure onsite management practices and suitable environmental compliance monitoring for operational tanks.

The Regulation requires owners and operators to regularly check for leaks in the fuel tanks and pipes used to store and handle petroleum products. They also need to meet minimum standards in their day-to-day environmental management of these storage systems. If you own a UPSS, you’re obliged to monitor it or remove and validate the void to ensure there have been no leakages. 

For further information on UPSS management, contact Mitchel Hanlon Consulting's Tim McLean at tmclean@mitchelhanlon.com.au.


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