Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. What Are Some of the Common Violations Found During a TCEQ Inspection and Where Can I Find Help to Avoid These Violations? 

A. This link lists some of the common violations found during a TCEQ inspection and our website to get help to avoid some of these violations. CLICK HERE   


Q. How do I verify if I have FRP or Clad/Composite or Jacketed tank construction? 

A. This link provides the February 10, 2012 document from Anton. E. Rozsypal, P.E., TCEQ for methods tank verification: CLICK HERE 


Q. What documentation is TCEQ looking for during an inspection? 

A. This link provides the most common documentation that TCEQ looks for:  CLICK HERE  This link provides a more detailed checklist that covers a lot of things that TCEQ may look for when a facility is inspected:  CLICK HERE This is the actual checklist that the local TCEQ Field Office uses for inspections:  CLICK HERE   This is the latest checklist since August 2010: PST Energy Act Focused Investigation checklist:  CLICK HERE Download The TCEQ Super Guide to Compliance:  CLICK HERE   


Q. How do I know if I am in compliance with Stage I EPA Requirements?  

A. This link provides a useful brochure that covers the EPA Summary of Regulations for Gas Stations:  CLICK HERE 


Q. When will Stage II Decommissioning be approved for Texas? 

A. TCEQ Adoption Date:  Approved 10/09/13 Rule Project Number: 2013-001-115-AI The U.S. EPA published their proposal for approval of the Texas SIP and rule revisions that authorize decommissioning of the Stage II program in the December 30, 2013 issue of the Federal Register.  The public comment period closes Wednesday, January 29, 2014.  From that date, the EPA has 6 months to act on their proposal.  At any time within this 6-month period, they can move to final approval of the SIP, reject the SIP, or extend the time that they need to respond.  CLICK HERE for TCEQ's Summary of the Rulemaking. 

Please visit the TCEQ website on a regular basis to obtain applicable updated information: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/airquality/mobilesource/vapor_recovery.html 


Q. Are Fiberglass Tanks compatible with ethanol based fuel?  

A. This link provides useful information provided by Owens-Corning about fiberglass tanks and ethanol based fuels.  CLICK HERE     


Q. What is a Deflection Plate "Striker Plate", and does my tank need one?  

A. This link provides useful information provided by Containment Solutions about deflection plates.  CLICK HERE


Q. Where do I find information on underground storage tank (UST) and above-ground storage tank (AST) registration requirements? 

 

A. This link provides information on UST & AST registration requirements as well as the form that would need to be filled out:  CLICK HERE   


Q. Where can I find the current TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) rules pertaining to underground & above ground storage tanks? 

A. The rules can be downloaded in PDF format.  The subchapters most useful are A, C & F:  CLICK HERE    


Q. Where do I find information about the underground storage tanks (USTs) at a facility listed by the TCEQ? 

A. CLICK HERE  Also look on Related Links on this page for Leaking Petroleum Storage Tank (LPST) Database to see if the facility was ever a LPST site.     


Q. How do I know if the previous owners were in compliance? Where do I find information about the previous owners and compliance history? 

A. CLICK HERE  And follow these instructions: ln the "Program ID" enter the facility ID Number, In the "ID Status" choose Active and in the "Program" choose Petroleum Storage Tank Registration. If you're interested in only Compliance History, chick on the blue ID Number. If you want information about the previous tank owners, Compliance History & other information follow these directions: Click on "View Affiliation History" to see previous owners. Go to details, then in the "Permits, Registration and Other Authorization" click on the ID Number in blue.  From here you can click on "Compliance History", "View Registration" or items in blue under "Related Information."   


Q. Where do I find out what new rules are being proposed by the TCEQ? 

A. Look under "HB 3554, HB 1956: Regulation, Remediation and Financial Assurance of AST's and UST's" This section is important as it discusses the upcoming changes for secondary containment.  Click on 334 to see the proposed changes and Executive Summary for a condensed summary.  This is a 160 page PDF document.  This site also gives you links to the final rules that are adopted as well as future changes in the TCEQ rules:  CLICK HERE     


Q. Where do I find information about Financial Assurance for underground storage tanks? 

A. This link provides the information about the TCEQ requirements for Financial Assurance for USTs.  Note: a copy of the Certificate of Insurance for the UST system is provided with the TCEQ Underground Storage Tank Registration & Self-Certification Form when it is submitted to the TCEQ to register the USTs or for renewal of the annual TCEQ Delivery Certificate:  CLICK HERE  


Q. What is this new Subchapter N?  Why was it created? 

A. The new subchapter incorporates requirements from the Federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 that requires training persons responsible for the on-site operation and maintenance of UST systems by August 8, 2012.   This subchapter establishes training requirements for different classes of underground storage tank (UST) facility operators to enhance the protection of the state's groundwater and surface water resources from environmental contamination that could result from any releases of harmful substances stored in such systems, and to minimize threats to human health and safety which could result in improper operation of a UST facility.   For more information and to view the adopted rules that were amended in Subchapter C and new Subchapter N, Operator Training CLICK HERE.  After March 17, 2011, the complete set of rules including these changes will be available on the TCEQ website. CLICK HERE   


Q. When is this new rule effective? 

A. This new rule was adopted on February 23, 2011 and has been effective as of March 17, 2011.   


Q. Is there a Texas approved training course available? 

A. YES, so far TCEQ has approved one online course offered by the Texas Food & Fuel Association (TFFA).  For additional information about this course and contact information - CLICK HERE 


Q. What are the different classes of operators? 

A. There are 3 different classes of operators: A, B & C. To see what the different classes are as stated in the rules CLICK HERE


Q. What about Class C Operators? 

A. Training of Class C operators (typically the store clerks who handle the dispensing of fuel) is directly provided or otherwise ensured by a Class B Operator for a given facility. That training is facility-specific and applies to emergency response procedures, such as; the operation of emergency shut-off equipment; the initial response procedures following system alarm warnings; the appropriate first response actions to releases, spills, or overfills; and the notification procedures to emergency responders and to the designated Class A and Class B operators of a UST facility. A copy of the A/B Operator Certificate will be required to get a Delivery Certificate after August 8th, 2012.