Regulations governing the operation and maintenance of underground
storage tanks in New Jersey require any person who owns or operates
a regulated underground storage tank system to meet the standards
for the construction, installation, and operation of new and existing
underground storage tanks, including monitoring, release detection,
corrosion protection, spill prevention and overfill protection.
These requirements are not new, as underground storage tank owners
and operators have had 10 years to comply. The details of these
requirements were provided to all registered UST owners in two separate
mass mailings in 1996 and in January 1998. In addition, Governor
Whitman signed legislation in August 1997 which provides loans and
grants to municipalities and those UST owners and operators considered
to be in financial hardship.
December 22, 1998 is the deadline by which all applicable underground
storage tank systems must either upgrade their existing systems
with spill, overfill, and corrosion protection, or close or replace
the existing system. An owner or operator who has not complied with
one of these options by the December deadline is in violation of
N.J.A.C 7:14B and subject to the penalty provisions provided therein.