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Approximately 558,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) in the United States store gasoline or hazardous substances, and these UST systems can be vulnerable to damage during natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey—and can even release regulated substances into the environment. Before returning a damaged UST to service, the owner or operator needs to ensure the system has been properly evaluated and restored to safe operating condition.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has resources to help UST owners and operators prepare for, prevent, or lessen catastrophic effects and environmental harm from natural disasters.

The EPA’s Underground Storage Tank Flood Guide suggests practices that may help owners and operators quickly and safely restart UST systems and bring them back into service. The guide also cites information about contacting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the appendix contains links to additional industry guides.

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From Texas Food & Fuel Association, TX