Carolyn Hoskinson, Director of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington DC, will be the luncheon speaker at the Environmental Professionals of Iowa Fall Symposium Nov. 19. She will speak about the past 25 years of underground storage tank system regulation.
Because of environmental and health issues caused by leaks from underground tanks storing petroleum and hazardous chemicals into groundwater, EPA’s Office of Underground Storage Tanks was created in 1985 by a Congressional mandate to develop and implement a regulatory program for underground storage tank systems. Owners and operators of underground tanks containing petroleum products or hazardous chemicals are required to monitor tanks for leaks.
Hoskinson directs three Divisions of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks in Washington: Release Prevention; Cleanup and Revitalization; and Management and Communications. The Office works with states like Iowa to prevent and clean up releases from UST systems.
During her stay in Iowa, Hoskinson will meet with students and faculty at Iowa State University, and visit with the Iowa DNR’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Section, and meet with the Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores of Iowa.
Hoskinson began her career with the EPA after graduating from the American University in 1991. She became Director of the Office of Underground Storage Tanks in 2009. This is Hoskinson’s first visit to Iowa as Director. Her visit in Iowa marks a pivotal time in underground storage tank regulation: EPA is set to roll out new requirements for underground storage tank system technical standards and operations in 2014. These are the first changes to these regulations in 25 years.