Underground Storage Tanks

There have been significant advancements in technology, operation, and system maintenance, but underground storage tanks (USTs) continue to pose risks to the environment and public health.

USTs are most commonly used to store fuel at gas stations, marinas, and other facilities. Leaking underground storage tanks (LUSTs) have a history of contaminating soil, groundwater, and drinking water wells. The cleanup of contaminated sites can require specialized equipment and methods, and it is often an expensive undertaking.

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For more than thirty years, NEIWPCC has taken a lead role in working with state, tribal, territorial, and federal regulators to reduce the number of UST releases and minimize the ill effects of LUSTs.

Training and Information Exchange

NEIWPCC works to develop and implement training and exchange information for those working in the UST field. Most of NEIWPCC’s training is geared toward two key audiences:

NEIWPCC has also been a long-time host of the National Tanks Conference & Exposition, which brings together UST owners, equipment manufacturers, and the regulatory community. Since 1985, NEIWPCC has published L.U.S.T.Line, a national bulletin covering UST programs in the states, tribes, and territories as well as emerging technologies, case studies, and other topics. L.U.S.T.Line is published twice each year.

UST/LUST Workgroup

NEIWPCC’s UST/LUST Workgroup is comprised of staff from our member states, EPA regional offices, and EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). They meet throughout the year to discuss challenges and share success stories related to UST inspections and removals, the use of state cleanup funds, and working with UST owners, operators, and contractors within their states.

This website aims to serve as an information clearinghouse for those working or interested in the UST/LUST field. For more information on the UST/LUST program, please contact Drew Youngs.

L.U.S.T.Line RFP Now Open!

NEIWPCC has posted a request for proposals (RFP) for a contractor to produce the next two issues of L.U.S.T.Line from 12/1/19 through 8/31/20. The RFP and additional information can be accessed here. Submissions are due no later than November 12 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).

2015 Federal UST Reg

The 2015 revisions to the UST regulation are effective as of October 13, 2018. Visit U.S. EPA’s website at to learn more. Additional information on the UST regulation is also available in NEIWPCC’s archives for L.U.S.T.Line, UST and LUST webinars, and the National Tanks Conference.