What is a UST in real estate?

You are buying a property that has an underground storage tank (UST).

How deep are USTs buried?

They can be buried to a variety of depths (from a few to tens of feet), typically with little or no evidence of their presence visible at the present-day surface. These USTs can contain a range of products, from petroleum to hazardous waste, and may have leaked or be leaking.

Who regulates USTs in California?

the California State Water Resources Control Board
The program is overseen by the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) and enforced through local CUPAs and/or PAs as part of the Unified Program. Underground storage tanks do not have to be completely buried in order to be regulated under the UST Program.

When registering a UST in Texas is there a fee?

. As of September 1, 2007, Petroleum Storage Tank owners were no longer assessed annual registration fees. Any fee that required payment prior to September 1, 2007 (Fiscal Year 2007 and all prior years) will continue to be the responsibility of the tank owner.

Can you sell a home in NJ with an underground oil tank?

In the state of New Jersey there are no laws that the seller has to remove an old oil tank on their property. However, buyers, attorneys, and insurance companies may not agree to have an underground oil tank. A leaking oil tank and its associated clean up can delay the process by months and could also “kill” the deal.

Can underground fuel tanks explode?

The short answer is NO – your fuel tank will NOT explode in hot weather. Home heating oil is NOT combustible like gasoline and therefore, a small flame or spark will NOT ignite the heating fuel.

Are UST owners responsible for leaks?

If you are the owner or operator of an underground storage tank that has encountered an unauthorized release (leak), you are required to report the leak and may be required to perform a soil and groundwater investigation and/or cleanup under the direction of the lead regulatory agency.

What is the greatest potential threat of a leaking UST?

The greatest potential threat from a leaking UST is contamination of groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans. EPA, states, territories, and tribes work in partnership with industry to protect the environment and human health from potential releases.

What is the purpose of regulating the USTs and which government agencies regulate them?

EPA’s technical regulations for USTs are designed to reduce the chance of releases from USTs, detect leaks and spills when they do occur, and secure a prompt cleanup. UST owners and operators are responsible for reporting and cleaning up any releases.

What is UST insurance?

Insurance is a universal mechanism to provide businesses with protection against a wide variety of perils, and accidental releases from USTs containing petroleum and other hazardous substances would seem to be precisely the kind of exposure insurance was developed to cover. (Federal UST regulations allow for other FR mechanisms, including financial test, guarantee, letter of ]

What do you need to know about underground oil tanks?

“Underground oil tanks have two pipes: a fill pipe that is used to fill the tank with oil, and a vent pipe,” Saadeh says. Sometimes, though, the fill and vent pipe have been removed but the tank remains. In that case, Saadeh suggests running a test called a tank sweep.

What is Ust testing?

This can be challenging for utilities when workers or funding are not available to test every electrical component periodically. In 2005, Hydro-Quebec found that most in-service failures in its underground distribution network occurred at cable joints.

What is an Ust operator training?

UST Operator Training is designed to ensure that UST operators operate their tank systems in a manner that is compliant with state and federal requirements, and that will prevent product releases that could endanger human health and/or the environment.