​​​​​​​​​​​The Tasmanian EPA has released a new protocol for the conducting of Equipment Integrity Tests on Underground Petroleum Storage Systems that are required to meet the Loss Detection requirements in the legislation.

Equipment integrity tests (EITs) are undertaken to determine whether an underground petroleum storage system (UPSS), or a component of a storage system, is not providing full and continuous containment. ​

EITs are also required:

  • where loss monitoring (eg SIRA) indicates that the UPSS may not be providing full and continuous containment (ie fuel may be leaking out of the UPSS or water may be entering the UPSS); and/or
  • where fuel is detected in the environment (eg in groundwater).​

The Director EPA has issued the Loss Detection Protocol for Equipment Integrity Tests on Underground Petroleum Storage Systems​ (the EIT Protocol) under regulation 52 of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulations 2020 (UPSS Regulations). 

The purpose of the EIT Protocol is to ensure that EITs are undertaken and reported in a standardised manner so that results of the test can be relied upon, and the results are easily interpreted by the person commissioning the test. In particular, the EIT Protocol ensures that method specific PASS/FAIL criteria are adhered to. ​

For more information and to access the Protocol see; https://epa.tas.gov.au/regulation/underground-fuel-tanks/equipment-integrity-tests