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Biodiesel in USTs

New UST Regulation for Alternative Compatibility:

The variance for the provisional storage of biodiesel blends up to B20 has expired.  On June 1, 2012, new permanent California Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations became effective to allow the storage of all biodiesel blends, including B100, in double-walled systems.  If the manufacturer of the UST containment system and related components does not have the required compatibility approvals from the appropriate independent testing organizations, under the new regulations, the owner or operator may submit a written affirmative statement of compatibility for the specific hazardous substance from the manufacturer(s).  The  written affirmative statement of compatibility shall satisfy the requirements under CCR Title 23, Section 2631(b) and applies to all alternative fuels. 

 

***PLEASE BE ADVISED***

The Materials Compatibility Letters previously submitted for the Variance Approval may not meet all of the requirements under the new regulations.

 

Steps to follow to assure UST compliance under the new UST regulations:

  1. The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has posted on their website a list of Affirmative Statements of Compatibility by Manufacturer, including the current UL standard (for petroleum) required by the new law.  Locate the applicable Manufacturer's Affirmative Statement(s) of Compatibility for your UST equipment.  If the manufacturer of your UST equipment is not listed, you must contact the manufacturer of  your UST equipment to obtain and submit a written Affirmative Statement of Compatibility for the specific hazardous substance from the manufacturer(s).
     
  2. In addition, HMD requires that you determine functionality of the leak detection equipment used to monitor the alternative fuel stored.  The leak detection equipment must be listed in the SWRCB LG-113 approved listings and the manufacturer must indicate that the leak detection equipment can function with the identified alternative fuel stored. A separate list of acceptable biodiesel and ethanol leak detection equipment is also available.  
     
  3. Complete the Affirmative Statement of UST Compatibility with Hazardous Substance form and the UST Leak Detection Functionality with Hazardous Substance form  and submit to the County of San Diego Hazardous Materials Division if you wish to store biodiesel in your UST system(s).  Since the new regulations apply to all hazardous substances, please also include other alternative fuels you plan to store. The forms will be used to demonstrate compliance for compatibility under the new regulations.

Once HMD has determined that the UST system storing the alternative fuel(s) has met all the requirements of the new regulations for compatibility and leak detection functionality, a new UST Operating Permit will be issued. 

If you cannot provide any documentation that supports your UST system as having approved compatibility and leak detection equipment functionality, HMD will require the alternative fuel to be removed from the UST system immediately.

If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia Lewallen at: cecilia.lewallen@sdcounty.ca.gov ph: (619) 454-9915 or Robert Rapista at: robert.rapista@sdcounty.ca.gov ph: (858) 505-6818.

 

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