Louisiana's original UST program went into effect December 20, 1985. After regulations similar to the federal rules were promulgated, the EPA granted final approval to the state's UST program. These changes were put into effect September 4, 1992; then in July of 1999, DEQ underwent reengineering. At this time the functions of the UST Division were transferred into different functional Divisions. In order to improve efficiency and effectiveness and meet the demands of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the state has once again created an Underground Storage Tanks Division. Effective January of 2007, this new division unites the UST Permitting, Surveillance, and Remediation functions into one UST Division.
State provisions cover tanks containing petroleum and chemicals as well as new and used oil tanks.
Annual fees, used to fund the state's regulatory program, are $800 for hazardous substance tanks and $144 for other substance or state and regulated federal facility tanks. A $275 fee is assessed each year to owners and operators of new/used oil tanks for mandatory participation in the Louisiana Motor Fuels Underground Storage Tank Trust Fund. For gasoline and diesel tanks, a $.008-per-gallon fee is assessed and allocated to the fund, which generates about $20 million annually.
UST owners and operators are required to maintain registration by paying the fees each year. The state requires that an original registration form be sent to:Office of Environmental Services, Registrations and Certifications Section, P.O. Box 4313, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313. The form is located on the web (at a link listed below) or can be requested through the Regional Office or the Registrations and Certifications Section. The state issues a certificate to all registered UST owners and operators to display near the tank. Motor fuel delivery companies are prohibited from delivering fuel to a tank without a valid certificate.
Releases must be reported within 24 hours utilizing the Surveillance Division's Single Point of Contact Procedures. During working hours, the Single Point of Contact can be reached at (225) 219-3640. For after-hours releases, call the emergency hotline at (225) 342-1234. DEQ has the general authority to implement all release response and corrective action regulations.
Through the Remediation Process, a team leader is assigned to each site based on the geographic location of the site and other factors. Additionally, a geologist and/or toxicologist may be assigned as appropriate. The Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP) regulation is used to determine appropriate cleanup standards. For more information, contact Raul Busquet, Travis Williams, or Gary Fulton at (225) 219-3181.
Tank installers, repairers and closers must be certified by the DEQ Permits Division, Registrations and Certifications Section. The state administers a test for a $132 fee. Applicants must have at least two years experience working with certified UST personnel, or have an engineering degree. The certificate is valid for two years, after which workers must retake the test or show proof of 16 hours continuing education courses.
The basic element of the Louisiana Motor Fuel UST Trust Fund are described in the "Cost Control Guidance Document".
State Documents Available
The following documents are available from DEQ:
Office of Environmental Assessment
Underground Storage Tank Division
P.O. Box 4314
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4314
Phone: (225) 219-3181
Fax: (225) 219-3474
Office of Environmental Services
UST Division - UST Support Section
P.O. Box 4313
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4313
Phone: (225) 219-3181
Fax: (225) 219-3239
Office of Environmental Compliance
Verretta Johnson, Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 4312
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4312
Phone: (225) 219-3700
Fax: (225) 219-3708
Office of Management and Finance
Financial Services Division - Trust Fund Program
P.O. Box 4303
Baton Rouge, La. 70821-4303
Office Addresses and Phone numbers
Stage II Vapor Recovery
Stage II controls are required in the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Livingston, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge.
For information, contact:
Bobby Mayweather, Environmental Scientist Manager
Department of Environmental Quality
602 North Fifth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 219-360
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