§ 245.617. 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) The owner and operator shall empty the aboveground storage tank system of regulated substances and conduct a visual examination of the area surrounding the tank as required under § 245.618(b) (relating to permanent closure or change-in-service), excluding the surface and soil underlying any tank bottom in contact with the ground before placing the tank in temporary removal from service status.
(c) Monitoring standards in § 245.613(a) (relating to monitoring standards) are not required when an aboveground storage tank is reported to the Department as temporarily removed from service.
(d) Inspection requirements shall be maintained as specified in § 245.616 (relating to inspection requirements). In-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.
(e) 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 this temporary removal from service period and the Department approves the request.
(f) The Department may impose conditions and require submission of documentation when reviewing and approving a request for an extension of the temporary removal from service period, including:
(1) Requirements for inspection under § 245.616.
(2) Site assessment under § 245.561 (relating to permanent closure or change-in-service) or § 245.618(b).
(3) Other considerations determined by the Department to be necessary to ensure the integrity of the aboveground storage tank.
The provisions of this § 245.617 adopted December 21, 2018, effective December 22, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 7875.
This section cited in 25 Pa. Code § 245.616 (relating to inspection requirements).
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