Underground Storage Tank Program
The Toxics Management Division (TMD) regulates underground storage tanks (USTs), that contain hazardous substances, in
Berkeley. USTs are used to store large quantities of hazardous materials such as gasoline, diesel, and bio-diesel. TMD oversees regulatory compliance and construction permits for USTs.
TMD regulates USTs to ensure that hazardous substances are safely stored in USTs, and not released into soil and groundwater. UST operators are required to comply with Chapter 6.7 of Division 20 of the California Health and Safety Code, and Title 23 of the California Code or Regulations. TMD conducts annual compliance inspections at UST facilities to evaluate their compliance with these codes and regulations.
Operators of facilities with USTs are required to submit the following forms to TMD:
Underground Storage Tanks – Facility (Formerly SWRCB Form A)
Underground Storage Tanks – Tank Page (Formerly SWRCB Form B), one per tank
Underground Storage Tanks – Installation (Formerly SWRCB Form C), for installation of UST or piping
Underground Storage Tank Monitoring and Spill Response Plan
New forms must be submitted any time the information changes.
TMD also oversees permits required for the removal, installation or modification of USTs. Businesses that want to install, remove, or modify a UST should start the permit process by contacting the Permit Service Center at (510) 981-7500.
Generally, a Toxics UST Permit Application is required for any work on a UST that is not just a like for a like change out. TMD must approve the UST Permit Application and fees must be collected before work may be initiated at the site. Inspections must be prearranged with TMD's Hazardous Materials Specialists to ensure the work is properly completed.
Permitting for Enhanced Vapor Recovery
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has required all Gasoline Dispensing Facilities (GDFs) to install Phase II Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) equipment by April 1, 2009. There are City of Berkeley permits required for these installations. The City of Berkeley's EVR Permitting page lists detailed requirements.
In an ongoing effort to safeguard today's environment and protect tomorrow's future, the City of Berkeley is committed to educate and inform the owners and operators of underground storage tanks with news and regulations that would help in the successful operation of their UST systems.
Underground Storage Tank News - dated March 2011 [PDF]