The Underground Storage Tank Advisory Committee (USTAC) formed in 2016 to guide development of amendments to the Underground Storage Tank regulations and to provide input and advice regarding other aspects of Delaware’s Underground Storage Tank Program.
The Underground Storage Tank Advisory Committee represents the interests of both private industry and the public at large. It is open to new members. Please contact the Tank Management Section for more information.
The Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances relies on the volunteer committee to help guide its effort to adapt to federally-mandated changes, as well as any other changes that would facilitate regulation, operation, maintenance and closure of regulated underground storage tanks. The committee also helps DNREC integrate best management practices into the program.
The Division is working through a regulatory update process to adapt to federal regulation changes that came into effect in October of 2018. Proposed changes to the Delaware Underground Storage Tank Systems regulations (7 DE Admin. Code, 1351) have been drafted and presented to the Underground Storage Tank Advisory Committee. DNREC plans to hold public workshops to gather more public input before presenting a draft for public hearing in the summer of 2019. The goal is to promulgate update regulations by October, 2019.
The changes would affect operator training requirements, financial responsibility requirements, site assessments for out of service or empty tanks, and criteria for delivery and dispensing prohibitions. The regulations are also being reviewed for compatibility with the federal program.