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 remedied 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.
To protect public health, safety, and the environment from the improper management of hazardous waste, SHWMD staff perform regular Compliance Assistance Verification (CAV) inspections of businesses that have the potential to generate, store, transport, or dispose of hazardous waste in Collier County. Each year more than 1/5 of the more than 5,000 businesses receive CAV inspections. This program ensures compliance with Collier County's Water Pollution Control Program (Ordinance 89-20)
In Florida, above ground storage tanks larger than 550 gallons or underground tanks larger than 110 gallons are required to be registered. The Storage Tank Compliance Verification Program of the FDEP strives to provide private and public tank owners with detailed information concerning the equipment, environmental status and regulatory compliance of their state registered tanks and fuel systems. SHWMD staff conduct hundreds of tank inspections per year on behalf of the FDEP and also provide follow-up of inquiries, experienced feedback, compliance assistance and training services to all registered tank owners in the county.
WE MONITOR OUR OWN
SHWMD works closely with Collier County's Risk Management and other county government departments that manage storage tanks, to ensure that all county-owned storage tanks are properly managed, registered as required, and are adequately insured. Currently there are over 300 county-owned tanks. The team also works closely with county representatives in the preparation and implementation of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure plans to comply with EPA rules, as well as providing the required annual training to the operators of county facilities. Spill Response Plans and instructions have also been individually created for each county-owned facility with storage tanks and these plans are designed to enhance the county’s capability to respond to, and efficiently clean up, any pollutant spills in a quick and effective manner.
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.