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Environmental Regulations and Codes

For Underground Tank Storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids

Tim Laughlin, P.E.

Course Outline

The author has attempted to greatly simplify Federal and North Carolina Petroleum Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations. Many states have their own UST installation, environmental and clean up regulations. The vast volumes of paper work and technical documents available make a short synopsis of the subject necessary. Petroleum UST environmental compliance, operations and maintenance installation regulations change constantly regarding the storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids. The clean up of petroleum contaminated soils and water from leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) constantly stay active in all states. Most states have trust funds set aside to facilitate federal and/or state clean up standards.

Fire Codes (NFPA or IFC) should also be included for the proper installation of petroleum UST, this course will only focus on the environmental compliance of petroleum USTs.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this two-hour course, the student will:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for geologist, civil, environmental, petroleum and mechanical engineers.

Benefits for Attendees

Attendee of this course will be able to understand the basics of the Federal or North Carolina UST regulations and clean-up standards.

Course Content

The course content is in a PDF file (869 KB) Environmental Regulations and Codes For Underground Tank Storage of Flammable & Combustible Liquids .

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study.

Course Summary

This course only offers a brief outline of the Federal and NC regulatory requirements on Petroleum USTs. We strongly suggest that you contact a qualified environmental consulting firm or petroleum equipment contractor for details on the state laws in the event you plan to install a new underground tank, upgrade an existing tank, or permanently close one.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.