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UST System Installation

The Iowa licensed installer and the owner / operator must notify the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) of their intent to install an underground storage tank (UST) or product piping at least 30 days prior to installation.  This notification requirement applies to all USTs that will contain a petroleum or hazardous substance.  Contact the local Fire Department to ensure all the necessary local requirements and permits are met.

All UST systems must meet the technical requirement of 567--Chapter 135.15(455B) of the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC).  UST systems installed after August 1, 2007 must have secondary containment.  You may request exemption from secondary containment if the system is more than 1,000 feet from a public water distribution system.

After installation of the UST system, you have 30 days to submit a registration form to the DNR along with appropriate fees.  A copy of the registration form can be obtained from the DNR UST section or the DNR's web site.  There is an additional $250 fee for failing to register a tank within the 30 days after installation is complete.

Proof of financial responsibility to address environmental contamination and third part liability resulting from the operation of the tank system is also required.  This is usually in the form of pollution liability insurance certificate.  Methods for satisfying the financial responsibility requirement are discussed in 567--Chapter 135(455B) of the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC).  A copy of your proof of financial responsibility (i.e., a copy of the certificate of insurance) must be submitted before tank tags are issued and the USTs are allowed to operate.  Before a tank system can be installed or modified, notification must be submitted to the UST Section using the Intent to Install an Underground Storage Tank Form.

New Tank Installations

The following documents are required to be submitted to the Department (the tank owner/operator should maintain a copy of all submitted documents):

  1. Notification of Installation
  2. Registration Form #148
    • Installer's certification of completion of the installation.
    • Identifies the owner/operator/authorized agent.
    • Provides a description and construction details of the underground storage tank system.
    • Submitted by owner within 30 days after the tanks are placed in the ground, tested, and covered.
    • Tank management fees are submitted with registration form.
    • NESHAP (Air Quality) requirements.
  3. Installation Inspection Checklist
    • Inspector's certification of installation process
    • Submitted by the installation inspector within 14 days after the final inspection.
  4. UST System Tightness Test Results
    • Confirms UST system is tight with no damage incurred during shipping or installation.
    • Submitted together with the registration form.
  5. Certification of Financial Responsibility

Notice to UST Owners

Storage tank owners should verify which activities a person is certified to conduct before employing his or her services.  For example, a person certified only to conduct an underground tank removal cannot perform a tank installation.

Owners / operators are encouraged to obtain bids from several contractors.  Once an inspector, installer or tank handler is chosen, obtain a written contract that describes the work to be performed and what will happen if unplanned events occur, such as discovery of additional tanks or contaminated soil, or compliance violations, etc.

A list of certified companies and individuals providing petroleum services can be found on the Iowa Licensed UST Professionals website.

  Documents and Forms *.doc *.pdf
 542-0011 Change in Ownership
 542-0069 Installer Inspection Checklist
 542-0103 Returning an UST to Service Form
      Returning an UST System to Service Guidance  
 542-0104 Notification of Intent to Install
 542-105 National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) 
 Notification for Gasoline Dispensing Facilities
 542-0153 Secondary Containment Testing Report Form
 542-3266 UST Registration Form #148
 Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)    

 


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