The EPA is seeking comment on new protocols for testing the integrity of underground fuel tanks to improve the accuracy and reliability of testing, and facilitate improved understanding of the test results.
The draft Loss Detection Protocol for Equipment Integrity Tests on Underground Petroleum Storage Systems, which has been prepared by the EPA, is designed to ensure that testing is undertaken in a consistent manner and reflects the most accurate result that the test can detect.
This means that the person commissioning the test can be notified of even the smallest leak as soon as possible. Immediate actions can then be taken to stop the leak, reducing the environmental impact and clean up expenses.
Equipment integrity tests (EITs) of underground petroleum storage systems (UPSSs) are a requirement under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020 (UPSS Regulations).
Such tests are regularly undertaken on behalf of UPSS owners and/or operators to determine whether any component of the UPSS is not providing full and continuous containment, including whether petrol is leaking out or water is entering the UPSS.
The new EIT Protocol will be issued by the EPA Director under the UPSS Regulations, and it must be complied with for all equipment integrity tests conducted on UPSS in Tasmania.
This draft Protocol details requirements in relation to the evaluation and certification of EIT methods, how an EIT must be carried out and how EIT results must be reported. It is relevant to people who are commissioning EITs (including UPSS operators and owners) and EIT providers.
Further information is available on the EPA website along with a copy of the draft, which is open for comment until 14 September 2020, at https://epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/underground-fuel-tanks/equipment-integrity-tests.