The Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020 aim to prevent or limit, to the greatest extent practicable, the release of petroleum product into the environment from underground petroleum storage systems.
They are made under section 102 of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
The regulations are available online at the Tasmanian Legislation website.
The major provisions of the UPSS regulations state that:
- installation of appropriate UPSS infrastructure must occur when a new system is installed or a system is upgraded;
- monitoring for losses of petroleum must be undertaken;
- the installation of groundwater monitoring wells in areas where groundwater needs protection can be required if needed;
- an environmental site assessment to be carried out if petroleum contamination in soil or groundwater is detected; and
- systems that are not being used must be decommissioned appropriately so that they do not pose an on-going risk to the environment.
Penalties are incurred with the failure to follow the provisions of these regulations.
Further Information is provided on Underground Fuel Tanks.
Public comment was invited on the draft Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020. A copy of the draft Regulations, an Explanatory Paper and the submissions received are available under Environmental Management on the DPIPWE website
The 2020 UPSS Regulations replace the 2010 Regulations. As part of the development of the 2010 Regulations, a Regulatory Impact Statement was prepared that presented the costs and benefits of the proposed regulations, along with the impacts on business, government and the community.
Proposed UPSS Regulations 2009 and Regulatory Impact Statement (1Mb)