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UST Response Plan

The UST Response Plan is a task in the Underground Storage Tank (UST) portion of the  California Environmental Reporting System  compliance program.

UST ICON Response Plan           CERS Icon UST Response Plan
Operators of USTs Underground Storage Tanks must have a written plan to respond specifically to emergencies relating to the UST.  A template for the UST Response Plan can be found here. Note Be aware that your local Unified Program Agency might have different requirements for UST emergency response. 



UST Facility Response Plan Facility Information
  • Type of Action (New Plan or Change of Information)
  • Name
  • Address
  • Facility ID (agency use only)


UST Facility Response Plan Cleanup Methods

When you complete this form, you are attesting to the fact that in the event of an unauthorized release, you will take the following actions:
  • “If safe to do so, facility personnel will take immediate measures to control or stop any release (e.g., activate pump shut-off, etc.) and, if necessary, safely remove remaining hazardous material from the UST system.
  • Any release to secondary containment will be pumped or otherwise removed within a time consistent with the ability of the secondary containment system to contain the hazardous material, but not greater than 30 calendar days, or sooner if required by the local agency.  Recovered hazardous materials, unless still suitable for their intended use, will be managed as hazardous waste.
  • Absorbent material will be used to contain and clean up manageable spills of hazardous materials.  Absorbent material which has become too saturated to be effective or which is no longer intended for use will be managed as hazardous waste unless a waste determination in accordance with 22 CCR §66262.11 finds that it is non-hazardous.  Used absorbent material, reusable or waste, will be stored in a properly labeled and sealed container. Waste material shall be disposed appropriately.
  • Facility personnel will determine whether any water removed from secondary containment systems, or from clean-up activity, has been in contact with any hazardous material. If the water is contaminated, it will be managed as hazardous waste unless a waste determination in accordance with 22 CCR §66262.11 finds that it is non-hazardous.  If the water has a petroleum sheen (i.e., rainbow colors), it is contaminated.  A thick floating petroleum layer may not necessarily display rainbow colors. Water (hazardous or non-hazardous) from sumps, spill containers, etc. will not be disposed to storm water systems.
  • We will review secondary containment systems for possible deterioration if any of the following conditions occur:
1. Hazardous material in contact with secondary containment is not compatible with the material used for secondary containment;
2. Secondary containment is prone to damage from any equipment used to remove or clean up hazardous material collected in secondary containment;
3. Hazardous material, other than the product/waste stored in the primary containment system, is placed inside secondary containment to treat or neutralize released product/waste, and the added material or resulting material from such a combination is not compatible with secondary containment. “


UST Facility Response Plan Cleanup Equipment

This section is for listing any equipment to be used in the event of a spill that is not permanently on-site.
Any spill control and clean-up equipment kept permanently on-site should be listed in the facility’s Hazardous Materials Business Plan.


UST Facility Response Plan Responsible Persons

List of up to four persons responsible for authorizing any work necessary related to spill response. It is a good idea to have these people be the same people listed on the Emergency Response / Contingency PlanUST Facility Operating Permit Application, and the Business Owner/Operator Identification.


UST Facility Response Plan Monitoring Indicators

This section attests to what the UST operator will do if the monitoring system indicates a potential release. The three options are:
  • Additional system testing or data collection
  • Inspection by qualified persons
  • Recalibration of equipment

You may select more than one option.


UST Facility Response Plan Reporting and Record keeping

This section lists what reporting and record-keeping will occur in the event of a:


UST Facility Response Plan Owner Operator Signature

The responsible party for the UST must sign and date the UST Response Plan.

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