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Public Record of Underground Storage Tank Releases

Subsection (c) of Section 1526 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 amends Section 9002 in Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act to add requirements for states to maintain, update and make available to the public a record of releases from underground storage tanks (USTs) regulated under Subtitle I. New York State's Public Record of UST releases includes the number, sources and causes of UST releases along with data on the number of UST equipment failures in the State.

Note: Release, source, and cause information is based on USTs regulated under 40 CFR 280.12. Source and cause data were collected from initial reports to the NYS Spill Hotline and updates by DEC staff.

If you would like additional information on a specific spill or UST facility, please review the environmental databases on our website or contact the Regional Office where the incident occurred. If you would like additional information on a specific spill or UST facility, please review the Environmental Site Database Search on our website or contact the Regional Office where the incident occurred. Additional information is also available at the Public Record of Underground Storage Tanks page.

Summary Information for Releases1

  • Number of Confirmed UST Releases:2 427
  • Release Reporting Period Dates: 10/1/2012 to 9/30/2013
Summary Information for Release Sources and Causes
Source # % Cause
Spill Overfill Phys/Mech
Damage
Corrosion Installation
Problem
Loose
Component
Vehicle
Accident
Other Unknown3
# % # % # % # % # % # % # % # % # %
Tank 81 16.9 1 0.2 0 0.00 2 0.4 22 4.6 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 5 1.0 51 10.6
Piping - Fill Pipe 3 0.6 1 0.2 1 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.4
Piping - Fittings 11 2.3 2 0.4 0 0.00 2 0.4 1 0.2 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2 5 1.0
Piping - Flex Connector 4 0.80 2 0.4 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.4
Dispenser 86 17.9 23 4.8 26 5.4 12 2.5 0 0.00 1 0.2 8 1.7 1 0.2 2 0.4 13 2.7
Submersible Turbine Pump 1 0.2 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2
Delivery Problem 17 3.5 6 1.3 8 1.7 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2 0 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.4
Other 11 2.3 3 0.6 0 0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2 1 0.2 0 0.00 4 0.8 2 0.4
Unknown3 266 55.4 4 0.8 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2 0 0.00 0 0.00 1 0.2 3 0.6 257 53.5
Totals2 480 100.0 42 8.8 34 7.1 16 3.33 24 5.0 2 0.4 10 2.1 2 0.4 15 3.1 335 69.8

# = number
% = percent of number

1For example, 4.6% of release sources were caused by tank corrosion..

2The total number of confirmed releases varies from the total number of release sources since some releases could have more than one source. Due to rounding, the percentage totals for release causes may not equal 100%.

3In most cases, sources and causes of releases are not easily discernible. Since the first priority is to contain and clean up releases, sources and causes are often not confirmed.

Posted 01/03/2014