Because poorly designed and managed underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) 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 (publication 888) are designed to minimise the risks associated with such systems.

The guidelines provide practical guidance for owners and operators of UPSS on protecting people, property and the environment. They are a key point of reference on design, installation and management aspects of new and existing UPSS.

EPA expects that, to comply with their statutory duties, owners and operators of UPSS 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).

Find out more about EPA's underground petroleum storage systems at service stations (UPSS) program.

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This page was copied from EPA's old website. It was last updated on 17 August 2015.

Reviewed 3 September 2020