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The Southeast District's Storage Tanks section is managed by William Rueckert, Environmental Manager.  Phone (561) 681-6679 E-mail: William.Rueckert@dep.state.fl.us


This section is responsible for ensuring that the standards for petroleum storage tanks are adhered to via the Complance Verification and the Cleanup Programs.  The standards include oversight for maintenance, record keeping, release detection, discharge response, performance standards and financial responsibility.


Petroleum Cleanup

The Florida Petroleum Cleanup Program is managed within the Bureau of Petroleum Storage Systems (BPSS) in Tallahassee by four Petroleum Cleanup sections (Teams 1-4) and two contractors with onsite FDEP oversight (Team 5 - WRS, Inc., and Team 6 - Ecology and Environment, Inc.), and throughout the state by 14 contracted local programs (covering sites in 23 counties), with additional support from the six FDEP district offices.

When 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 Tallahassee office, and the counties in the Southeast District (SED) that have cleanup contracts, include Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach 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 county 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 (i.e., Martin, St. Lucie or Okeechobee counties), the discharge would be tracked by the SED office.  Licensed professional geologists and engineers from BPSS in Tallahassee 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 BPSS 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 six 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

If you wish to know more about the Florida Storage Tank Regulations:

If you need forms or guidance documents:


If you wish to search databases about either document management systems, storage tank database queries, petroleum contamination and storage tank facility information:






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Last updated: April 16, 2013
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