UST Owner Information
Alabama has over 50,000 registered underground storage tanks.
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regulates Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) that contain petroleum products. These include compliance regulations that pertain to construction and operation, and to corrective action regulations that apply to soil and groundwater clean-up caused by a petroleum release (leak).
What is a Petroleum Release?
ADEM defines a petroleum release as:
any spilling, leaking, emitting, discharging, leaching or disposing from an UST into groundwater, surface water, or subsurface soils.
Who Pays for the Clean-Up?
The Alabama Tank Trust Fund (ATTF) is a clean-up fund, funded by a 1 cent per gallon fee collected at the bulk terminal. For eligible facilities, the ATTF will reimburse tank owners for all covered clean-up costs except for a $5000 initial deductible and the tank removal/replacement.
The ATTF covers up to $1,000,000 per release.
How Do I Maintain Trustfund Coverage?
To receive trust fund reimbursement, the facility must meet the following requirements:
- THE UST’S MUST BE REGISTERED WITH ADEM.
- ALL REGULATORY FEES MUST BE PAID.
- THE UST CONTAINS: GASOLINE, DIESEL, KEROSENE OR AVIATION FUEL. WASTE OIL TANKS ARE NOT COVERED.
- THE TANKS AND PIPING MUST HAVE CORROSION PROTECTION.
- THE TANKS MUST HAVE SPILL AND OVERFLOW PROTECTION DEVICES.
- THE RELEASE MUST HAVE OCCURRED AFTER OCTOBER 1988.
- ENVIRONMENTAL WORK IS CONDUCTED BY AN ADEM APPROVED ATTF CONSULTANT.
Remediation can be a variety of techniques.
What is Involved in the Clean-Up of a Release?
If ADEM determines a release has impacted groundwater and/or soil, you will receive a Notice of Release from ADEM. You must then retain an ATTF contractor and pay the deductable amount. Your environmental consultant will then handle all paperwork from this point.
Environmental work will include soil/groundwater sampling, calculation of risk based corrective action limits, and remediation if warranted. Upon successful clean-up, you may receive a No Further Action (NFA) from ADEM.