Although the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) does not regulate aboveground storage tank (AST) systems, this information is provided for AST system owners to minimize any adverse impacts they may have on the environment and prevent potential petroleum releases. This information, however, does not replace any existing applicable laws or regulations. Guidelines and requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other nationally recognized publications also are available at www.scdhec.gov/ast. Federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) requirements must be followed as appropriate.
The cleanup of environmental spills or releases from AST systems are the responsibility of the AST system owner and/or property owner where the system is located. If you have or suspect a release, you should contact DHEC to minimize adverse impacts to the environment. For questions or additional information about this publication, please call DHEC at (803) 898-2544 or (803) 898-0589.
Petroleum releases from AST systems are often a result of:
To avoid these problems, remember these guidelines:
Immediate attention may be needed if routine maintenance indicates the following:
In addition to routine testing, periodic inspections are recommended especially during deliveries and dispensing of fuel to ensure releases do not occur.
Contact the DHEC 24-Hour emergency response line for accidental spills at 1-888-481-0125.
You may also report issues with aboveground storage tanks here.