Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) runs an ‘Underground Petroleum Storage Systems at Service Stations’ program that aims to reduce the risks to people and the environment from leaking underground petroleum storage systems (UPSSs).
Victorians are privileged to have a healthy environment that supports prosperous communities. UPSSs at service stations are one of the most common sources of both land and groundwater contamination. UPSSs have the potential to leak, leading to expensive cleanup costs, damage to the environment and risks to human health. Everyone – government, industry, business and community members – has a role in protecting our environment for future generations.
EPA has created a fact sheet (PDF 1.5MB) and a poster (PDF 525KB) that explain how leaking underground petroleum storage systems affect our environment and what EPA is doing about it.
Under Victorian legislation and guidelines, owners and operators have responsibilities to properly manage their UPSSs to minimise the risks they pose.
What does the program involve?
This program is made up of three activities.
Encourage underground workers to report petroleum leaks to EPA
EPA has developed and distributed information to local councils, water corporations and utility companies to inform underground workers on when and how to report possible petroleum leaks they discover when working underground.
Promote compliance with EPA’s UPSS guideline
EPA has developed the Monitoring for leaks self-evaluation checklist and an associated summary report to:
Conduct follow-up activities to ensure UPSS sites are being properly managed
EPA will carry out follow-up activities, including phone calls, inspections, desktop assessments and site visits, for service stations across the state. These will check the accuracy of the information provided to EPA in the summary reports. They will also ensure UPSS owners and operators are regularly monitoring for leaks and properly acting on any indication of a possible leak.
UPSS owners and operators should note the following:
- Owners and operators who do not submit a completed summary report will have their site/s prioritised for follow-up.
- EPA will randomly select a number of sites for follow-up to verify the accuracy of the information provided in the summary reports.
For further information on the program please review the questions and answers below.