The Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020 came into force on 3 February 2020. The new UPPS Regulations are available on the Tasmanian Legislation website. More information about the application of the UPSS Regulations and Underground Fuel Tanks is provided on the EPA website.
The Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2010 (UPSS Regulations) set out the requirements for the construction, operation and decommissioning of UPSS. The UPSS Regulations aim to prevent or limit, to the greatest extent practicable, the release of petroleum product into the environment from underground storage systems (UPSS).
The UPSS Regulations were due to expire on 3 February 2020. Drafting of replacement Regulations was carried out and a draft made available for public comment.
The Regulations have been updated to better protect UPSS owners and operators, human health, and the environment from the impact of fuel leaks. The intent of the draft Regulations is to maintain the overall objectives of the 2010 Regulations by making changes to improve clarity and remove obsolete regulations and/or correct various sections of the Regulations.
A copy of the draft Regulations, along with an Explanatory Paper, is available below: