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Dollars and Sense: Financial Responsibility Requirements for Underground Storage Tanks is a 16-page booklet that provides a plain language summary of underground storage tank (UST) owners' and operators' financial responsibilities under Federal UST regulations. Includes definition of financial responsibility — evidence of owners' and operators' ability to ensure, through insurance or other means, that they can pay for cleanups and third-party damages associated with a release.

Comparison of 2015 Revised UST Regulations and 1988 UST Reg­ulations describes the significant dif­ferences between the 1988 UST and SPA regulations and the 2015 revised UST requirements; it also provides additional information about the revi­sions

Implementation Time Frames for 2015 Underground Storage Tank Requirements is a two-page bro­chure that highlights the implemen­tation time frames to meet the 2015 UST requirements

Questions and Answers About the 2015 Underground Storage Tank Regulation is a multi-page table that provides information in a question and answer format. The document covers applicability, implementation, state program approval, spill pre­vention and containment sumps, secondary containment and intersti­tial monitoring, overfill protection, internal lining, walkthrough inspec­tions, release detection, compat­ibility, release reporting, temporarily out of use facilities, and partially excluded USTs

Musts for USTs is a plain lan­guage booklet that summarizes the federal UST requirements for installa­tion, reporting, spill and overfill pre­vention, corrosion protection, release detection, walkthrough inspections, compatibility, operating training, repairs, financial responsibility, release response, and closure

UST System Compatibility with Petroleum-Biofuel Blends: A Brief Guide to the 2015 Federal UST Regulations for Owners and Operators of USTs Located on Tribal Lands is a tri-fold brochure that provides UST owners and operators on tribal lands with the compatibility requirements in the 2015 UST regulation for storing gasoline blends containing greater than 10 percent ethanol or diesel blends containing greater than 20 percent biodiesel

UST System Compatibility with Biofuels is a 16-page booklet that discusses the 2015 UST compatibility requirements for tank systems storing biofuels and petroleum-biofuel blends; the booklet also presents actions for minimizing the risk of a release from UST systems due to incompatibility

Operating and Maintaining Underground Storage Tank Systems is a booklet that contains brief summaries of the federal UST requirements for operation and maintenance, as well as practical help that goes beyond the requirements. The booklet contains recordkeeping forms that help UST owners and operators keep equipment operating properly. It also contains checklists and information that will help owners properly operate and maintain their USTs. State and USEPA UST inspectors can use the booklet and checklists to help educate UST owners and operators, as well as encourage compliance with UST requirements

Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks and Piping: Straight Talk on Tanks discusses several release detection methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the release detection requirements in the 2015 UST regulation. Release detection methods include: secondary containment with interstitial monitoring, automatic tank gauging, continuous in-tank leak detection, statistical inventory reconciliation, tank tightness testing with inventory control, manual tank gauging, groundwater monitoring, vapor monitoring, and release detection for underground piping

UST Flood Guide is an EPA guide which provides simple guidelines and useful information for state, local, and tribal authorities in the event of a threatened or actual flood. The guide provides information about preparing for a flood, important actions after the disaster strikes, and information on financial assistance. The Guide will help prepare for, prevent, or lessen the catastrophic effects and environmental harm that could occur as a result of flooded UST systems to service as soon as possible.

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