In July 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) assumed the oversight responsibility of the underground storage tank (UST) program formerly under the jurisdiction of the Department of Fire Services (DFS). Since that time, MassDEP in conjunction with members of the regulated community has been working on a major rewrite of the Massachusetts UST regulations.

The combined work effort has resulted in the new Underground Storage Tank regulations (310 CMR 80.00) which became effective on January 2, 2015.

These new regulations expand upon the requirements previously in existence under the DFS as well as establish new standards that must be met by UST owners and operators.

Alongside the efforts towards promulgating the new UST regulations, MassDEP has also adopted revisions to its Air Pollution Control regulations under 310 CMR 7.00 and 310 CMR 7.24. The changes to those regulations also went into effect on January 2, 2015 and have resulted in many changes to the requirements previously associated with the operation of  Stage I and II vapor recovery systems.

ATC’s Eclipse Fuel System Management Division has conducted a review of the regulations, fact sheets and guidance documents associated with these recent changes and has made an executive summary available for download.

Please note that this is only a summary of the recent changes. The information contained in our summary is intended to highlight the general areas of interest to UST  facility owners and operators. It is not intended to represent a complete and comprehensive review of all of the requirements associated with operating a UST facility in Massachusetts. 

Download the executive summary

Joel Hershey, Director of ATC’s Eclipse Fuel System Management Division, has worked exclusively in the field of petroleum liquid storage systems since 1989. His experience includes 20 years with several national providers of fuel systems services.  His capabilities include compliance testing, diagnostics, petroleum construction, maintenance, and upgrades for both underground and aboveground storage tank systems. His first two years in the industry involved leak detection testing, cathodic protection system surveys, Stage II vapor recovery system testing, and overall diagnostic assessment of fuel systems including pumps, dispensers, and POS systems of UST/AST vessels.

During his career, Joel has held various positions including Senior Petroleum Specialist, Operations Manager, and four years as Senior Vice President for Tanknology, a $65 million UST compliance services provider. There he managed and executed upgrades for more than 6,800 facilities to meet the 1998 federal UST systems upgrades. These activities included replacement of complete UST infrastructure to include tanks, piping, dispensing systems, card readers, automatic leak detection systems, Stage I and II vapor recovery systems, cathodic protection systems designs, and installation for both sacrificial and impressed current technology.

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