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Revised AST regulations expected to be tougher

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Missouri regulators are currently working on revised AST regulations expected by fall. The rules will likely be much more stringent because the EPA is concerned that Missouri has had too many leaks and spills. The targets will be inadequate tank or piping construction, lack of training and inadequate containment systems.

Riveted tanks will probably be illegal. Containment systems must enclose not only tanks, but also areas where vehicles drive for loading, unloading and retail sales. This will affect bulk oil dealers and gas stations with ASTs.

The greatest change is expected in enforcement and inspection. The regulations are expected to be effective immediately, and the state is going to beef up its inspection and enforcement staff.

State of Missouri regulators say the consequences for a business can include shutting down your facility, fines and criminal charges. No grace period for compliance is expected, although having a plan in progress may earn leniency.[[In-content Ad]]

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