FAQs - Aboveground Petroleum Storage (APSA) Program

Q01:  What are the regulatory requirements for Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks?

A01:  As January 1, 2008, Assembly Bill 1130 transferred the responsibility for the implementation, enforcement, and administration of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) from the State Water Resources Control Board to the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPAs) The Environmental Management Department is the CUPA for Sacramento County.

This law mandates the CUPAs to conduct inspections for all above ground tanks storing crude oil/petroleum products including waste engine oil that meet or exceed the capacity of 10,000 gallons and register facilities with tanks 1,320 gallons containing crude oil/petroleum products including waste oil.

Aboveground Storage Tanks that meet or exceed the capacity of 1,320 gallons are required to submit a Tank Facility Statement and prepare a Spill Prevention Countermeasure Control (SPCC) plan that they keep at their facility.

For more information see the EMD Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act page.

Q02:  What is the Spill Prevention Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan for?

A02:  This plan is for preparing a response to a release of petroleum products from above ground storage tanks and also to take steps to prevent such a release. The plan identifies the requirement for secondary containment and mitigation measures. Federal and State Law requires most SPCC plans to be prepared under the direction of and signed and stamped by a California registered professional engineer.

For examples see:

Q03:  Do I need a permit to install an Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank?

A03:  You do not need a permit from EMD, but you will need to contact your local fire department to verify if they require an AST permit.