Following and open consultation and comment period the NSW EPA has released the new Guidelines for the implementation and operation of Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS). Building on and expanding the previous versions of the Guide this new guide represents the first complete update and aims to continue to provide the industry and local governments with guidance on consistent and compliant UPSS regulation and operation.

The Guidelines also document best practice management to minimise the risk of pollution and contamination from leaking underground fuel tanks. They supersede the previous 2009 guidelines.

The Guidelines explain how owners and operators can meet the requirements to monitor for, detect and fix leaks promptly to protect the environment and save costly clean-ups. They also set out the performance requirements for maintenance, procedures for fuel storage and delivery, record-keeping, reporting leaks and decommissioning unused systems.

An extensive consultation process was undertaken with the public and UPSS stakeholders to develop these guidelines. The consultation report (PDF 335KB) summarises this process and feedback received.

For a copy of the Guide please see;