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25 Pa. Code § 245.562. Temporary removal from service (out-of-service).

§ 245.562. Temporary removal from service (out-of-service).

 (a)  The owner and operator shall complete and submit an amended registration form to the Department within 30 days after the change in tank status.

 (b)  An aboveground storage tank system shall be emptied and regulated substances and contents shall be reused, treated or disposed of in accordance with State and Federal requirements.

 (c)  An aboveground storage tank shall be secured against unauthorized entry and all piping entering or exiting the tank, excluding vents, shall be capped or blinded.

 (d)  Aboveground storage tank system integrity shall be maintained throughout the temporary removal from service time and the tank shall be protected against flotation.

 (e)  Inspection requirements shall be maintained as specified in § §  245.551—245.554 (relating to aboveground storage tank inspections). In-service and out-of-service inspection intervals may be delayed for a tank that is temporarily removed from service. The delayed inspections shall be conducted prior to placing regulated substance in a tank and returning the tank to operating status. Deficiencies noted during inspection shall be addressed and remedied and an amended registration form submitted to the Department prior to returning the tank to operating status.

 (f)  Aboveground storage tanks shall be permanently closed within 5 years of being placed temporarily out-of-service unless the owner requests in writing an extension to the temporary out-of-service period and the Department approves the request.

 (g)  The Department may impose conditions and require submission of documentation when reviewing and approving a request for an extension of the temporary out-of-service period, including:

   (1)  Requirements for inspection under § §  245.552 and 245.553 (relating to in-service inspections; and out-of-service inspections).

   (2)  Site assessment under §  245.561 (relating to permanent closure or change-in-service).

   (3)  Other considerations determined by the Department to be necessary to ensure the integrity of the aboveground storage tank.


   The provisions of this §  245.562 amended November 9, 2007, effective November 10, 2007, 37 Pa.B. 5979; amended December 21, 2018, effective December 22, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 7875. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (331116).

Cross References

   This section cited in 25 Pa. Code §  245.552 (relating to in-service inspections); and 25 Pa. Code §  245.553 (relating to out-of-service inspections).

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