Underground Storage Tanks (UST)
The Underground Storage Tanks (UST) Section is responsible for the regulation of underground storage tank systems used for the storage of regulated substances, primarily petroleum products. Staff in the section work with the owners of sites on the detection, prevention and correction of releases of products from underground tanks.
The section also reviews whether owners and operators can meet financial responsibility requirements to ensure they are able to clean up releases of product. New tank systems must meet minimum design and construction standards and older tank systems must be upgraded to meet these new standards. Investigation and remediation of contamination are based on Iowa’s risk-based corrective action rules and model. All regulated tank systems must be registered with the state.
Updated Notice: The Storage Tank web application (https://programs.iowadnr.gov/tanks/), which includes Tanks, Certifications and Inspections, will be undergoing maintenance from May 31 - June 7, and will not be available. We will notify on this website just as soon as it becomes ready for use.
04/2013- Stakeholder meetings – Rule development for piping leak detection at unstaffed facilities
02/2013- Evaluation of Corrective Action Conferences
01/2013- In Memoriam: Neil Searcy
08/2012- Federal Underground Storage Tank Proposed Changes and Iowa DNR’s Comments
06/2012- EPA Memo to UST owners regarding insurance & Zurich
05/2012- 2012 UST Professional Courses
05/2012- Iowa UST Installer Course, May 21-22, 2012
Installer & Inspector Instructional Course Brochure
03/2012- Leaking Underground Storage Tank Forum Recap, Des Moines, IA
02/2012- Class A & Class B Operator Training Course Schedule
06/2011- Iowa Flood Issues as Pertaining to UST Systems
06/2011- Stage 1 VRS Damage and Anchoring
06/2011- Secondary Containment and Interstitial Monitoring
Storage Tanks Database Web Application:
This application is a joint venture between the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Public Safety State Fire Marshal Office (SFM). It presents in one application all the storage tanks in Iowa containing regulated substances, primarily petroleum products. These consist of Underground Storage Tanks (UST), Leaking Underground Storage Tanks (LUST), and Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST). This site is for public viewing and does not require a login.
The UST are the underground storage of regulated substances, primarily petroleum products. The LUST indicates the report or cleanup of a release of petroleum product. The AST are primarily the aboveground storage of combustible or flammable products.
The database provides information about the UST site location, the site owners, tanks, Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA), site classification and remediation. View the current status of underground storage tank and leaking underground storage tank sites.
Storage Tanks Help Document will assist in the navigation of the database.
UST / LUST Staff Roster