Georgia Underground Storage Tank Act (Georgia)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

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Place Georgia

Applies to States or Provinces Georgia
Name Georgia Underground Storage Tank Act (Georgia)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations, Siting and Permitting
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Natural Gas
Active Policy Yes
Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Primary Website
Applicable Jurisdiction Statewide

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source


The Georgia Underground Storage Act (GUST) provides a comprehensive program to prevent, detect, and correct releases from underground storage tanks (“USTs”) of “regulated substances” other than hazardous wastes governed by the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) regulations. The regulations provide design, construction, installation, and operating standards for new USTs, a schedule for upgrading existing USTs, release detection methods for new USTs, and a phase-in of such methods for existing USTs. Notification and record keeping are required, as is reporting and correction of releases. The act establishes the GUST trust fund that will provide, to participating owners and operators, coverage for corrective action necessitated by releases from petroleum product USTs. An UST owner or operator conducting corrective action, either through a hired contractor or through the State Contractor, is entitled to reimbursement of reasonable costs from the GUST Trust Fund, in accordance with provisions of the GUST Act and the GUST Rules. The regulations establishing technical standards for USTs emphasize leak prevention, detection, and corrective action.

The company wishing to create a UST must receive permitting from the EPD. A state certified contractor must be used for construction and maintenance.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Derrick Williams
Department Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Division Environmental Protection Division
Address 4244 International Parkway Suite 104, Atlanta, GA, 30354

Phone 404-362-2687
Fax 404-362-2654

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Georgia Code 12-13-1
Date Effective 2009-09-17

Authority 2: Environmental Rule 391-3-15
Date Effective 2009-09-17