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LUSTLine informs state, territorial, tribal, and federal regulators, as well as other UST stakeholders and the public. The publication covers technical and regulatory aspects of UST compliance and release prevention, LUST cleanup, financial responsibility, and other pertinent topics.

With support from EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks, NEIWPCC has been publishing LUSTLine since 1985. The newsletter has become the publication of record for UST matters nationwide. LUSTLine is a product of NEIWPCC. It is produced through cooperative agreements (US-8350701 and 83950601) between NEIWPCC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. LUSTLine is issued as a communication service for the Subtitle I RCRA Hazardous & Solid Waste Amendments rule promulgation process.

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Issue #91

Cartoon of man at flooded gas station filling up his boat.

Dealing with Climate Change and Natural Disasters

The effects of climate change are a concern for the underground storage tanks (UST) community — specifically related to increased risks of flooding, drought, and wildfire. The Met Office annual global temperature forecast predicts that 2022 will rank as one of the world’s hottest years on record, with a temperature forecast of between 0.97°C and 1.21°C above the average for the pre-industrial period (1850-1900). Hotter temperatures associated with climate change can affect the frequency and duration of precipitation events, potentially impacting the frequency of floods.

Making the Most of the National Tanks Conference

New Faces and New Discussions at the National Tanks Conference

How USTs Held Up During Unprecedented Floodwaters (NTC 2022 Preview)

Treatment Trains: When One Remedy Isn’t Enough (NTC 2022 Preview)

HRSC Pilot Study at South Carolina LUST Sites (NTC 2022 Preview)

Challenges and Opportunities of a Multi-Cultural UST Industry (NTC 2022 Preview)

Navigating Impacts of COVID on the Tanks Industry (NTC 2022 Preview)

Emergency Power Generator UST Systems (NTC 2022 Preview)

Strategies for Cost Control (NTC 2022 Preview)

Auditing for Fraud in Tanks Programs (NTC 2022 Preview)