Division of Spill Prevention and Response

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Aboveground Storage Tanks


Updated: Nov 18, 2015


AST regulation summary for: Agencies regulating AST's:
 Small tanks/facilities under 1,320 gallons  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
 Tanks between 1,320 and 10,000 gallons.  State of Alaska Fire Marshal
 Tanks over 10,000 gallons and part of a regulated facility over 420,000 gallons (refined product) or 210,000 gallons (crude oil)

 Coast Guard

 DEC*

 If your tanks are marine transportation related
* DEC only regulates tank facilities with 420,000 gallons (10,000 barrels of refined product) capacity or 210,000 gallons (crude oil) or greater. Tanks and facilities under 420,000 gallons are regulated by other agencies.
 

Information just on Home Heating Oil Tanks


Small Tanks or facility under 1,320 gallons of storage capacity

All tank facilities must post DEC contact information on-site(PDF 40K)

 

Regulation Summary:

Aboveground storage tanks and facilities with an effective storage capacity under 1,320 gallons are regulated by the State Fire Marshal and/or your local Fire Marshal.

  • Building codes, installation regulations and procedures for closing tanks involving flammable and/or combustible substances are adopted by the fire marshal. In the State of Alaska, the State Fire Marshal is both the head fire official and the head building official. His office has the responsibility and authority to adopt the building, fire and mechanical codes.

  • Information on Home Heating Tanks.


Tank Facility with capacity between 1,320 and 420,000 gallons and not part of a regulated facility

All tank facilities must post DEC contact information on-site(PDF 40K)


Regulation Summary:

Tanks with storage capacity between 1,320 gallons and 420,000 gallons (including a collection of 55 gallon drums that add up to 1,320 gallons) are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Fire Marshal (Tanks of this size are not currently regulated by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation unless they are part of a facility with a total capacity over 420,000 gallons (refined product) or 210,000 gallons (crude oil)).


The EPA requires the following:

  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plans (SPCC) - plans must be signed by a registered engineer and kept at the facility.

  • Personnel training in spill prevention, and also containment, removal and disposal of spilled oil.

  • Inspection and maintenance program.

  • Proper selection and construction of spill prevention systems, including dikes, liners, pumps, absorbent boom, etc.


Your tanks may also be regulated by the United States Coast Guard if you transfer petroleum product to or from a marine vessel with a capacity of 10,500 gallons (250 barrels) or more.


The Coast Guard requires the following:

  • Submission of a Letter of Intent to Operate.

  • Submission and approval of an Operations Manual and a Facility Response Plan.

  • Facility operations must include procedures and equipment for fuel delivery from vessel (barge), including:

    1. Designated qualified person in charge of the fuel transfer operation.

    2. Personnel training and response drills.

    3. Safety requirements.

    4. Record keeping.

Tank Facility with over 420,000 gallons of (refined product) storage capacity or 210,000 gallons (crude oil)

All tank facilities must post DEC contact information on-site(PDF 40K)


Regulation Summary:

Aboveground storage tank facilities with an effective storage capacity of 420,000 gallons (10,000 barrels) or greater of refined petroleum product or over 210,000 gallons of crude oil are regulated by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) under the Alaska Administrative Code, Title 18, Chapter 75. Oil, and Hazardous Substances Pollution Control.

 

Regulatory Agency Contacts:

  Environmental Protection Agency
Matthew Carr
Federal On-Scene Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Alaska Operations Office
222 W. 7th Ave. #19
Anchorage, AK 99513
Phone: (907) 271-5083
Fax: (907) 271-3424
Email: carr.matthew@epa.gov

Alaska State Fire Marshal

State Fire Marshal's Office
State of Alaska, Division of Fire Prevention
5700 E. Tudor Road
Anchorage, AK 99507-1225
Phone: (907) 269-5491
Fax: (907) 378-4375

If you live in one of the following jurisdictions, contact your local fire authority for information.


United States Coast Guard
Chief Warrant Officer Williams
USCG District Seventeen
Marine Safety Division
510 "C" Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 271-6716
Fax: (907) 271-6751

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Prevention Preparedness and Response Program (PPR)
Sarah Moore, Preparedness and Response Section Manager
Prevention Preparedness and Response Program
SPAR / PPR
Telephone: (907) 465-5239
Email Address: Sarah.Moore@alaska.gov

 

 

Prevention Preparedness and Response Program