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Utah Underground Storage Tank Permit (18-UT-a)

Utah Department of Environmental Quality Division of Environmental Response and Remediation oversees the underground storage tank (UST) program in Utah. The division encourages early consultation. The state's procedures are outlined on the UST procedures webpage.

Underground Storage Tank Permit Process

18-UT-a.1 - Perform required tests

The developer is responsible for observing as much of the installation as possible. The developer must make sure that the tanks and piping are tested before being put into service and that the monitoring equipment is working.

When you install a new tank you are required to notify the Utah Division of Environmental Response and Remediation (DERR) ten days prior to beginning the work. An installation permit and fee of $200 per tank is required and should be obtained prior to the completion of the installation. The local fire jurisdiction and health department should also be contacted for any requirements that they may have associated with the installation of new tanks.

18-UT-a.2 - UST Installation Permit & Fee

The Installation Permit is available on the UST procedures webpage. The installation permit includes:

  • Utah Certified UST installer who is directing all critical operations associated with tank installation
  • Installation company name, address and current UST Installation Company Permit number
  • Date the work will commence
  • Tank owner name and address
  • Facility name and address
  • Complete description of what is to be installed: tank or piping, capacity, material of construction, substance to be stored, etc.

18-UT-a.3 - One-Time Drop (for fuel) Letter

Before the tank can be put into use, the integrity of the tank and associated piping must be evaluated through a tank and line tightness test. To receive fuel for the test, the owner or installer must contact the DERR for authorization of a one-time delivery.

18-UT-a.4 - Perform required tests; Submit results to DERR

Careless installation practices that do not follow standard industry codes and procedures can lead to problems that compromise the integrity and proper functioning of the tank system. Improper installation is a significant cause of failures for tanks and especially for piping.

Critical installation activities include:

  • pre-installation tank testing (air pressure test, soaping all surfaces, seams, and fittings while inspecting for bubbles)
  • tank site preparation including anchoring, tank placement, backfilling, overburden cathodic protection installation, service or repair
  • vent and product piping assembly
  • installation of tank manholes, catch basins, sumps
  • post-installation piping and tank air test prior to putting product into the tank system for the final precision tightness test

Many mistakes can be made during installation. Mishandling of the tank during installation can cause structural failure of FRP tanks or damage to steel tank coatings and cathodic protection. Improper layout of piping runs, incomplete tightening of joints, inadequate cover pad construction, and construction accidents can lead to failure of delivery piping.

18-UT-a.5 - Notification (EPA Form 7530-1), Certificate of Compliance Application, fee & associated documents

UST Form 7530-1 is a five page form that is relatively simple to fill out. Consultation with the Division of Environmental Response and Remediation is encouraged for developers with questions about the form. The notification must be complete with the owner's signature and include the tank installer's signature certifying that the tanks meet all state and federal requirements for proper installation. Utah rules also require as-build drawings or site plats.

18-UT-a.6 - Certificate of Compliance

The Utah Underground Storage Tank (UST) Act requires that owners and operators of regulated petroleum USTs qualify their tanks for and receive a Certificate of Compliance, and keep the tanks in substantial compliance with all UST rules and regulations. It is a violation of the UST Act to operate these USTs without a certificate. New tanks must have a certificate before being put into operation. Fines may be assessed if product or other regulated substance is delivered to or placed into an UST that does not have a Certificate of Compliance. In order to obtain a Certificate of Compliance, the developer should use the packet provided by DERR.

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