Calif.'s New, Efficient Low-Threat UST Closure Policy

Law360, New York (June 5, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT) -- On May 1, 2012, the California State Water Resources Control Board voted unanimously to adopt a controversial low-threat underground storage tank (UST) case closure policy.

This policy establishes criteria to determine when site closure is appropriate for low-threat petroleum UST sites in an effort to reduce costs and to increase efficiency for responsible parties and regulatory agencies.

The policy is expected to make it easier for a greater number of “low-risk” petroleum UST sites to obtain closure.

Background

In 2009, the state board issued Resolution 2009-0042,...
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