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Hazardous Materials Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program
The Hazardous Materials Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program is designed to limit the number of hazardous material discharges and to ensure that any discharges are abated and remediated when they do happen. There are over 5 million gallons of different pollutants stored in over 700 regulated tanks in Collier County. These hazardous materials make our life go as fuel & lubrication for our vehicles, diesel fueled emergency power for our buildings, pesticides for our agricultural fields and as mineral acids for water treatment and fertilizers production. However, most of these necessary chemicals are also carcinogenic to humans and harmful to all living organisms.
Collier County depends on groundwater for all of our drinking water. Petroleum fuels are so carcinogenic if consumed, that only 1 gallons of fuel will contaminate 1 million gallons of groundwater. The average cost of a petroleum cleanup discharge from a tank system is $400,000 and takes 3-5 years of continuous remediation and monitoring. However, some petroleum discharges will exceed $1,000,000 in costs and require 15 years of remediation and monitoring.
The Solid & Hazardous Waste Management Division (SHWMD) is in a cooperative contract with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The FDEP provides enforcement under Florida Statutes and Florida Administrative Code (FAC) for facilities identified by the SHWMD Hazardous Materials Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program as having a high potential for a discharge due to their apathetic pursuit of corrective action for cited violations involving equipment, operation & maintenance. It is important to note that enforcement, besides protecting the citizens and environment, will protect the tank owner from the potential liability of a cleanup which could be over a 100 times more expensive than the enforcement and corrective actions themselves.
SHWMD performs inspections at all FAC regulated commercially owned storage tank facilities in Collier County not owned by the County:
A FAC regulated tank is larger than 550 gallons if above ground (AST) and 110 gallons if underground (UST) and includes the following products: aviation fuels, diesel, unleaded fuels, new/used oil, petroleum additive products, mineral acids, and pesticides.
A National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 30/30A regulated tank is one containing flammable or combustible materials over 60 gallons. Note that FAC regulated tanks are also regulated by NFPA 30/30A.
Routine compliance verification inspections are scheduled on a biennial basis unless a need arises to inspect the tank system more frequently such as for a discharge or incident installation, closure, and non-compliance or enforcement issues.
NFPA 30/30A; 62-761, FAC (UST); and 62-762, FAC (AST) are adopted statewide.
Comply with Collier County's Water Pollution Control Program Ordinance 89-20; Collier County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit requirements, Growth Management Plan-Conservation and Coastal Management Element, and FDEP Contract GC-690.
Conservation and Coastal Management Element
Objective 9.4 - The County shall continue to implement its local storage tank compliance program.
The proactive approach applied to the Hazardous Materials Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program minimizes hazardous materials discharges from storage tanks in Collier County which could be dangerous to our health, groundwater resources and our environment.