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DAYS LEFT TO TEST SPILL BUCKETS AND CONTAINMENT SUMPS AND INSPECT OVERFILL PREVENTION DEVICES

Learn more about the January 1, 2020, deadline for new testing requirements in the Petroleum Program guidance.


Spill Bucket Repair/Replacement Following a Failed Test

As underground storage tank (UST) owners test their spill buckets in advance of the January 1, 2020 deadline, OPS is becoming aware of challenges with contractor scheduling and equipment supplies.  As a result, OPS is allowing up to 15 days following a failed spill bucket test for a tank owner to complete the necessary spill bucket repair or replacement.  If repairs cannot be made after 15 days, either by chemical or mechanical means, delivery prohibition will be invoked.  Additionally, OPS reserves the right to apply delivery prohibition in particularly high-risk situations.

If a spill bucket fails an integrity test by visual inspection, hydrotest, or vacuum test, the tank owner must do the following:

1. Report the failed spill bucket test as a confirmed release to the OPS Technical Assistance Line at 303-318-8547 within 24 hours.
2. Review the Spill Prevention Equipment Repair Guidance and schedule spill bucket repair or replacement as soon as possible in order to avoid potential environmental contamination and delivery prohibition.  
3. Schedule an environmental site assessment to fulfill the requirements of the request from OPS for a Site Characterization Report.  Consider that assessment directly under the spill bucket is only possible if the bucket is going to be replaced.
4. Notify OPS of the results of the repair/replacement and followup integrity test results using the Minor Equipment Repair Form.


Approved RCG Changes Effective July 1, 2019

The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee (PSTC) approved changes to the Reasonable Cost Guidelines (RCGs) that were proposed by OPS staff at the May 17, 2019, PSTC meeting. The RCG changes will be reflected in Version 2.1 of Corrective Action Plan Report, which becomes effective July 1, 2019.

The 2019 RCG changes are linked below.


SPA Approval for PST Regulations

Below is the EPA notice about the final steps of the State Program Approval process for our Colorado Petroleum Storage Tank regulations. If you would like to make comments, please see the attachment for further information.


2019 Incentive Program

The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee approved an incentive for 2019 effective March 17, 2019. View the document for more details about how to apply.


New Temporary Closure Forms Available

We updated our Temporary Closure forms for USTs/ASTs and created a new Request for Temporary Closure Extension form.

Please take a moment to retrieve and review these forms on our Tank Compliance page. 

Please use the new Notice of Intent to Place Tanks into Temporary Closure forms for both Aboveground and Underground tanks going forward, as well as the Temporary Closure Extension Request form when appropriate. Please discontinue use of the older forms as they may be returned.


Policy 29 Approved

The Petroleum Storage Tank Committee voted to adopt Policy 29, effective March 18, 2019. 


Updated Petroleum Guidance for Suspected Releases

The revised Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations became effective March 17, 2019, and they include changes to Article 4 for suspected release identification, reporting, and response to better align OPS regulations with EPA regulations.

To aid tank owners/operators in complying with these regulation changes, the Release Discovery and Reporting section of the online Petroleum Guidance will be revised with an updated Release Reporting Process Diagram and an updated diagram of Examples of Suspected Releases.



Petroleum Program news is posted here as updates become available. Check the Calendar of Events for information about upcoming training classes and other events.