Storage Tanks Section
Because Florida has porous soil, the state has rules
that seek to ensure that underground and above ground tanks are maintained and operated so
that our soil and groundwater is not polluted. A
compliance and cleanup
program implements the Department's rules.
If you have any concerns, questions or complaints about storage
tanks please contact us.
The 19 counties in Northeast Florida, have
roughly 2,500 commercial facilities with tanks registered as
having regulated substances. Of the 2,500 facilities about one
third (approximately 800-900) had discharges to the environment.
When petroleum contamination occurs, our office will oversee the
cleanup of petroleum contamination in soil and groundwater.
Financial Assistance Programs
Because cleanup can often be very expensive, the
financial assistance programs available to registered
*Note: State funded cleanup assistance
programs have become generally unavailable after December 31,
1998. Facilities causing contamination in 1999 or later
must use their own resources (through their insurance or other
financial coverage) to assess the pollution and clean it up.
However, sites still on the state cleanup list that
had contamination before 1999 will still
receive financial assistance for assessment and
cleanup in priority order as state funds become available.
Florida has some of the most stringent Storage
Tank Regulations in the country. Compliance with these rules is
Our tanks section deals with the construction,
maintenance, operation and closure of the following (detailed in
and 62-762, Florida Administrative Code):
Aboveground Storage Tanks containing:
Underground Storage Tanks containing:
- Ammonia compounds
- Ammonia compounds
- CERCLA - listed Hazardous Substances (not hazardous waste)
2009 Upgrade Deadline
Please note that single-walled regulated storage
tanks and piping MUST be upgraded with secondary
containment by December 31, 2009. Itís highly
recommended that you take steps well enough in advance
of the deadline to ensure the timely upgrade of the
Tank Regulation Section in Tallahassee maintains helpful information
- Upgrade information
- Tanks Program County Inspectors (at bottom of
- Current Approved equipment list
Petroleum Storage System Contractor
- Rules and guidelines (such as
the closure assessment guidelines)
- Tanks facility database
- Petroleum Contamination Tracking
- A list of Contracted Counties with each county
Questions and Concerns
Call in Complaints about leaking storage tanks or tank systems that
don't meet code to Deneen Benefield at (904) 256-1677, or by fax
at (904) 256-1588.
Petroleum contamination of soil or groundwater, or
petroleum discharges (spills) should be reported to the State Warning
Point at (800) 320-0519.