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Program Administration — NDEP administers the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program for the State. Clark County Health District and Washoe County District Health Department perform UST inspections in their jurisdictions via inter-local contracts with the NDEP. In all other counties the NDEP performs UST inspections. Contact information for the NDEP and counties is provided below.

UST Regulations — Nevada has adopted 40 CFR 280, the Federal UST Regulations. A summary of these regulations and good UST operating practices is available on US EPA's website: See U.S EPA publications Musts for USTs – and – Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems

New Energy Policy Act Requirements — Nevada has enacted Underground Storage Tank Regulations regarding Delivery Prohibition and Secondary Containment. These regulations were recently codified and can be located in the Storage Tank regulations of the Nevada Administrative Code (NAC) Chapter 459. Both regulations became effective April 17, 2008 and are being enforced as of July 1, 2008. Below are annotated versions of both regulations to assist you in interpreting the requirements; contact information for UST implementing agencies is also included should you have questions.

Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) Requirements — The NDEP Bureau of Corrective Actions does not regulate most AST systems. The exception is with regard to AST systems located at or near a body of water located at a marina facility. Marina AST regulations can be reviewed within the following state regulations: NAC 459.99285 and NAC 459.9931 through NAC 459.9938.

All other AST systems are regulated by other agencies. Please contact the State Fire Marshall (775-684-7500), local fire departments, local municipalities, and building code enforcement offices. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also has a hotline (800-424-9346) and AST web information located at: http://www.epa.gov/OUST/cmplastc/asts.htm

Testing and Working on UST Systems In Nevada tightness testing of USTs and underground product piping must be performed by a Nevada certified tester. A list of certified testers is available on the BCA Website. For more information see our Certification Program home page.

Certain work (such as installation, repair or closure) on regulated USTs and underground product piping must be performed or supervised by a Nevada certified Underground Tank Handler (UTH). See our list of certified UTHs available from our Certification Program.  Work on ancillary equipment such as leak detection systems, dispensers and fuel turbines may be performed by a properly trained technician.

Notification Requirements New USTs: If you install a new regulated UST you must notify the NDEP within 30 days of putting the UST into operation. A UST is in operation if it contains or has ever contained a regulated substance. If the UST is in Clark or Washoe counties you must also notify that county's health agency. Notification is made using EPA notification Form 7530. Prior to installation you should also contact local fire, building and health agencies to ensure compliance with all local ordinances.

Existing USTs: If you come into ownership of an existing UST you must notify the NDEP using Form 7530. If the UST is in Clark or Washoe counties you must also notify that county's health agency. Any person who sells a facility with a regulated UST must inform the purchaser that he/she must notify the NDEP of new ownership. The seller should also provide the UST implementing agency with contact information of the new owner.

Closing USTs: You must notify the NDEP at least 30 days prior to permanent closure of a regulated UST. If the UST is in Clark or Washoe counties you must also notify the county health agency.

How Do You Close Tanks?

Permits Required The Division of Environmental Protection, as the Federal UST program implementing agency in the State, has no requirements to obtain any permits for the installation, repair, upgrading or closure of underground storage tanks.

However, any of the above work being performed on a UST system located in Clark County or Washoe County must be approved by that county's health department. Both, the Southern Nevada Health District and Washoe County District Health Department are contracted by NDEP to oversee the above UST work and may require permits and/or fees.

For federally regulated USTs, a State Certified Tank Handler must supervise and acknowledge responsibility for work performed. Submittal of an EPA Form 7530-1 is required to insure the Division is notified and to maintain accurate information in the State database. For non-federally regulated tanks no registration requirements exist and no Certified Tank Handler is required for installation, repair, upgrading, or closure activities.

Additional permits may be required by local governments under local laws or ordinances. Check with your local building and fire departments to verify whether additional local requirements exist.

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