Because poorly designed and managed underground petroleum storage systems (UPSSs) can have significant environmental impacts, EPA updated its guidance document on this issue in 2009. Our Guidelines on the design, installation and management requirements for underground petroleum storage systems are designed to minimise the risks associated with such systems.
The guidelines provide practical guidance for owners and operators of UPSSs on protecting people, property and the environment. They are a key point of reference on design, installation and management aspects of new and existing UPSSs.
EPA expects that, to comply with their statutory duties, owners and operators of UPSSs will carry out the measures in the document. If not, we expect them to demonstrate that any alternative approach achieves an equal or higher level of performance in protecting people, property and the environment.
The guidelines were developed by EPA in close consultation with WorkSafe Victoria (now the Victorian WorkCover Authority), the Australian Institute of Petroleum (AIP), Australian Petroleum Agents and Distributors Association (APADA), Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) and the Petroleum Industry Contractors Association (PICA).