Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Program

Assembly Bill 1130 created the Health and Safety Code (H&SC), Chapter 6.67, Sections 25270 through 25270.13, giving Unified Program Agencies (UPA) the authority on January 1, 2008 to administer the APSA program in their jurisdictions.
APSA applies to facilities that are subject to the oil pollution prevention regulations specified in Part 112.1 of Subchapter D of Chapter I of Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations or that have a storage capacity of 1,320 gallons or the tank facility has a storage capacity of less than 1,320 gallons of petroleum and has one or more tanks in an underground area meeting the conditions specified in HSC §25270.2(o)(1). If this subdivision is applicable per HSC §25270.3, only tanks meeting the conditions specified HSC§ 25270.2(o)(1) shall be included. The total storage capacity of petroleum at a facility is obtained by adding the rated design capacity of each container that can store 55 gallons or more of petroleum. Examples of petroleum includes crude oil, sludge, mineral oil, petroleum solvents, gas turbine fuel oils, lubricating oils, waste oil, kerosene, soluble cutting and metalworking fluid containing petroleum, inks and coatings containing petroleum, diesel, gasoline, lubricating oils, heating oil, and biodiesel (if it is not 100% biodiesel).
The following containers are exempted: boilers and pressure vessels; tanks storing hazardous waste permitted by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, crude oil production tanks, underground storage tanks, most oil-filled electrical equipment, transportation-related tank facilities, and permanently closed containers. Farms, nurseries, logging sites, and construction sites are exempted if no tank has a storage capacity that exceeds 20,000 gallons, the total storage capacity does not exceed 100,000 gallons, and if the owner or operator conducts a daily visual inspection, allows the UPA to inspect all aboveground storage tanks and containers, and provides secondary containment.
On or before January 1 of each year, the owner or operator of a tank facility subject to APSA shall submit either a tank facility statement or a business plan that identifies the name and address of the tank facility, the contact person, the total storage capacity, the location, size, age, and contents of each aboveground storage tank that exceeds 10,000 gallons in storage capacity.
A separate AST statement is not required if the inventory is reported as part of the annual hazardous materials inventory. However, if the owner/operator does not wish to complete a hazardous materials inventory they will need to return either the tank facility statement or a supplement to their business plan containing the following criteria related to the APSA program element :
  • the name and address of the tank facility,
  • a contact person for the tank facility,
  • the total storage capacity of the tank facility,
  • the location, size, and contents of each storage tank that exceeds 10,000.
The aboveground storage tank (AST) program will be displayed on the owner’s unified program facility permit for facilities.