UST / LUST Regulations

Code of Iowa

Chapter 455B - Jurisdiction of Department of Natural Resources

UST Administrative Rules

The Underground Storage Tank (UST) section is governed by the Iowa Administrative Code (IAC). 

Chapter 134 is divided into Parts A (Certification of Groundwater Professionals), B (Certification of UST compliance Inspectors), and C (Licensing of UST Professionals) to aid the reader in finding these specific sections. 

  • Chapter 120 - Land farming of Petroleum Contaminated Soil
  • Chapter 133 - Rules for Determining Cleanup Actions and Responsible Parties
  • Chapter 134 - Underground Storage Tank Licensing and Certification Programs
  • Chapter 135 - Technical Standards and Corrective Action Requirements for Owners and Operators of Underground Storage Tanks
  • Chapter 136 - Financial Responsibility for Underground Storage Tanks
Proposed Administrative Rules or Rule Revisions

Chapter(s) involved: 567 IAC Chapter 135: Technical Standards and Corrective Action Requirements for Owners and Operators of Underground Storage Tanks, IAC134 Underground Storage Tank Licensing and Certification Programs and 567 IAC 136 Financial Responsibility for Underground Storage Tanks

The DNR has begun the process of adopting the federal rules that were published in 2015. Since then Iowa has held 6 large group stakeholder meetings. In August 2016 the Stakeholders decided to appoint a Task Force which includes members of PMCI, PMMIC, IDNR staff, & UST Professionals to tackle the major concerns of owners and operators.
Top concerns of owners & operators:

  • 3 year testing of overfill prevention devices and spill containment
  • 3 year testing of secondary containment sumps and under dispenser containment used for leak detection
  •  Annual leak detection inspection and testing
  • Date when the new regulations will be implemented in Iowa

At the final Task Force meeting held March 2nd, 2017 IDNR invited Compliance Testing & Technologies to speak to the group about their waterless sump testing.

David Rabb's Presentation - New Capabilities in Leak Detection

After researching current technologies, speaking with manufacturers, and looking Iowa’s current compliance/leak trends the Task Force believes they have created a proposal that is cost effective and just as protective of human health and the environment as the proposed Federal Regulations.

Task Force Summary Chart

Iowa Proposed LUST Revisions last updated March 2016
LUST Revisions - March 2016

The revised regulations represent a significant change to our current UST rules, even though much of the revised UST regulations have already been adopted. You can view the revised federal rules along with rule summary, history and other resources at this link on EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/ust/revising-underground-storage-tank-regulations-revisions-existing-requirements-and-new


DNR Contact:
Paul Nelson
515-725-8324
Paul.Nelson@dnr.iowa.gov

Public Hearings

None presently