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Title 10 : Conservation and Development

Chapter 059 : Underground and Aboveground Liquid Storage Tanks

Subchapter 001 : Underground Storage Tank Regulation

(Cite as: 10 V.S.A. § 1930)
  • § 1930. Implementation; coordination

    (a) Rulemaking standards. To the extent compatible with this chapter, in establishing rules and standards, the Secretary may distinguish between types, classes, and ages of underground storage tanks. In making such distinctions the Secretary may take into consideration factors including location of tanks, soil and climate considerations, uses of the tanks, history of maintenance, age, current industry recommended practices, national codes, hydrogeology, water table, size of tanks, volume of use, technical capability of owners and operators, and compatibility of the regulated substance and materials of fabrication. The distinctions may also take into consideration the location of storage tanks in relation to recharge areas for community type water supply wells. Where appropriate, the Secretary may designate whether the owner or the operator is responsible for monitoring a particular tank. The Secretary shall ensure that standards established with respect to financial responsibility shall bear a reasonable relation to the risk associated with a regulated substance release. Financial responsibility may be established by any one or a combination of the following: insurance, guarantee, surety bond, letter of credit, or qualification as a self-insurer. The Secretary may suspend enforcement of the financial responsibility requirements for a particular class or category of underground storage tanks if the Secretary makes a determination that methods of financial responsibility are not generally available for underground storage tanks in that class or category. The suspension shall extend for a period not to exceed 180 days and may be extended for additional 180 day periods by further determination by the Secretary that the need continues to exist and that progress is being made as required by federal law or regulation (section 9003 of the federal Solid Waste Disposal Act).

    (b) Advisory committee. The Secretary shall select an advisory committee from among groups representing municipal, environmental, business, and industry interests. The Secretary shall consult with the advisory committee in preparing rules under this chapter.

    (c) Coordination with other departments. Nothing in this chapter is intended to interfere with the authorities of the Department of Health or the Department of Labor or the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets. The Secretary shall work cooperatively with the Commissioner of Health, Labor and Industry, and the Secretary of Agriculture, Food and Markets in the Secretary’s development of procedures and rules to carry out the intent of this chapter. (Added 1985, No. 66, § 1; amended 1987, No. 85, § 4, eff. June 9, 1987; 2003, No. 42, § 2, eff. May 27, 2003; 2005, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. April 5, 2006.)