Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Program
The Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) Program is administered throughout Amador County by the Environmental Health Department as a program within the CUPA. Owner and operators of aboveground storage tanks (AST) are required to file a Hazardous Materials Business Plan and pay associated fees to the CUPA. The CUPA will conduct routine hazardous materials business plan inspections and verify that there is a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan (SPCC) in place.
The purpose of the APSA Program is to protect public health, the environment and groundwater from potential contamination or adverse effects associated with unintended releases from the aboveground storage of petroleum-based hazardous materials and wastes. Petroleum includes substances such as gasoline, diesel, jet fuels, lubricants, some petroleum solvents and used oils.
As defined in California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 6.67, an aboveground storage tank is "...a tank that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground, except that, for the purposes of this chapter, "aboveground storage tank" or "storage tank" includes a tank in an underground area.
All facilities that have ASTs (including 55 gallon drums) with an aggregate storage capacity of > 1,320 gallons of petroleum are subject to APSA. Effective January 1, 2016, tanks in underground areas as defined in California Health and Safety Code, Chapter 6.67 are also regulated under APSA regardless of the 1,320 gallon of aboveground petroleum threshold.