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25 Pa. Code § 245.513. Preventive maintenance and housekeeping requirements.

§ 245.513. Preventive maintenance and housekeeping requirements.

 (a)  A storage tank facility owner and operator shall establish and implement a preventive maintenance and housekeeping program which protects the integrity of the system from degradation and protects the public health and the environment.

 (b)  The storage tank facility owner and operator shall establish and implement routine maintenance inspection procedures at each storage tank facility.

   (1)  The facility owner and operator are responsible to assure that a visual inspection is performed once every 72 hours. The visual inspection may be accomplished by or supplemented with electronic surveillance and shall include:

     (i)   A check of the facility to ensure that no potential hazardous environmental conditions exist. This includes a check for evidence of a release for example, spill, overflow or leakage.

     (ii)   A check of the containment areas for accumulation of water and a confirmation that containment drain valves are secured in a closed position when not in use. If excessive water has accumulated, it shall be drained off and disposed of in accordance with applicable State and Federal requirements.

     (iii)   In the case of aboveground storage tanks in underground vaults, a check of the continuous leak detection system, as required under §  245.523(7) (relating to aboveground storage tanks in underground vaults), to ensure the equipment is functioning as designed.

   (2)  The facility owner and operator are responsible to assure that a maintenance inspection of each aboveground storage tank system is performed each month. The maintenance inspection shall include all of the following:

     (i)   An inspection of the tank system exterior surfaces for deterioration and maintenance deficiencies including a visual check for cracks, areas of wear, excessive settlement and deterioration of the foundation and supports.

     (ii)   Ancillary equipment and appurtenances shall be visually checked for operational malfunctions.

     (iii)   An inspection of containment and transfer areas for cracks, defects and fire hazards.

     (iv)   A check of overfill prevention equipment and monitoring of the leak detection system.

     (v)   The monthly maintenance inspection report shall be completed and signed by the individual who conducted the inspections and maintained for 1 year.

   (3)  The facility owner and operator are responsible to establish a process to assure that storage tank vents are operational and free of restrictions.

 (c)  The storage tank facility owner and operator shall immediately initiate the actions necessary to correct deficiencies noted during the 72-hour visual and monthly maintenance inspections.

 (d)  Repairs to aboveground storage tank systems shall be properly conducted in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, a code of practice developed by a Nationally recognized association or an independent testing laboratory.


   The provisions of this §  245.513 amended December 21, 2018, effective December 22, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 7875. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (331098) to (331099).

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