The Southeast District's Storage Tanks
section is managed by Bill Rueckert, P.G. Bill Rueckert can be
contacted by phone at (561) 681-6679 or via
This section is responsible for ensuring that the
standards for petroleum storage tanks are adhered to via the Compliance
Verification and the Cleanup Programs. The standards include
oversight for maintenance, record keeping, release detection, discharge
response, performance standards and financial responsibility.
The Florida Petroleum Restoration
Program (PRP) is managed
within Tallahassee and throughout the state by contracted local
programs with additional support from
the six FDEP district offices.
a discharge is reported to the state, a cleanup manager must be
assigned to track the cleanup to ensure that groundwater and soils
are protected. Information about
a petroleum storage
tank discharge should be addressed to the
proper county agency.
Cleanup contracts within
county agencies, are managed out of the FDEP
and the counties in the Southeast District (SED)
that have cleanup contracts, include
Broward, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties
(including Martin and St. Lucie Counties).
If a discharge from a petroleum storage tank were to occur at a
facility in one of these counties, a site manager
and professional staff from the respective
agency would be assigned to track the cleanup of the contamination. Questions
related to these discharges should be directed to the contracted
county agency. If a discharge occurs in any other county
within the SED, the discharge would be tracked by the SED office.
Licensed professional geologists and engineers
provide technical support to the SED Storage Tank Section to help
track the cleanup of these discharges. Questions related to
discharges in these counties should be directed to staff in the SED
office Storage Tank Section.
Storage Tank Regulation
The Storage Tank Regulation Section is part of the
Petroleum Restoration Program in FDEP's Division of Waste Management. In 1983, Florida was
one of the first states to pass legislation and adopt rules for
above-and-underground storage tank systems. Since then, over
28,000 facilities have reported discharges of petroleum products from
storage tank systems. Florida relies on groundwater for over 90
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 be replaced with secondary containment systems by 2010.
The FDEP contracts with counties to
perform statewide annual compliance inspections. This also
includes installation, closure and discharge inspections of the
petroleum storage tanks. The SED provides for the management and
oversight for four
of these contracts. There are currently no delegations to the
counties in the storage tank program. A contract differs from a
delegation in that contracts provide for the completion of specific
tasks for specific funding. A delegation, on the other hand,
provides for an authorization to act on behalf of the FDEP where there
may be no funding to support the activities.
The compliance contracted counties within the SED
storage tank section includes Martin, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach counties. The specific county agencies and
their contacts that are managing the storage tank program are referenced
in the information noted below.
Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and
Okeechobee counties have
adopted the state rule in their county ordinances and provide for
enforcement to compel storage tank facilities to maintain compliance
with both state and county rules. St. Lucie and Martin
counties contract with Palm Beach County Environmental Resources
Management to pursue enforcement activities as
needed to ensure compliance. Indian River County contracts with Brevard
County for Storage Tank Regulation.
Note that the storage tank compliance contract
within Okeechobee County includes compliance inspections within Highlands County. Any discharges from storage
tanks in Highlands County are managed out of the South District Office.
Further information and a list of the contacts for
the seven counties within the SED are available at:
More Information on FDEP's Storage Tank Program
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