Petroleum Storage Tanks
The Storage Tank Regulation Section is part of the Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's (FDEP) Division of Waste Management. In 1983, Florida was one of the first states in the union to pass legislation and adopt rules for underground and aboveground storage tank systems. Since then, over 28,000 facilities have reported discharges of petroleum products from storage tank systems. Florida relies on groundwater for about 92 percent of its drinking water needs, and has some of the most stringent rules in the country. All new and replacement storage tank systems must have secondary containment, and all remaining single-wall systems must replace their systems with secondary containment by 2010. The Department contracts with counties to perform annual compliance inspections (25,000/yr).
For more information please contact the Florida Department of Health in Columbia County at (386) 758-1058.