Environmental Protection

Tanks

Storing products and chemicals such as heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, acids, and bases in tanks, whether underground or above grade, raises concerns over leaks, spills, and overfills. EP3 manages environmental issues associated with the University's tank systems. The University has closed or removed 153 tanks. Also, 27 tank systems have been upgraded or replaced and are routinely inspected. While many of the tanks were closed to meet legal requirements, more than 50% of the systems closed or upgraded were done as a proactive measure to reduce liability and improve the overall campus environment.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Storage Tank Division is responsible for the protection of the public health and the environment from releases associated with aboveground and underground storage tanks. The DEQ regulates the design, construction, installation, and operation of certain aboveground storage tanks storing flammable and combustible liquids, liquefied petroleum gas, and compressed natural gas for purposes of fire safety. Tank installation plans are reviewed and tank inspections are performed on all new tanks required to be certified. All tank projects at the University of Michigan must be reviewed by the Occupational Safety and Environmental Health Department (OSEH). All plan submittals and communication to the DEQ must go through the OSEH Department. Contact OSEH, Environmental and Hazardous Materials Management at 936-1920 for more information.

Aboveground Storage Tanks

Plan Review and Certification
The following AST conditions must be plan reviewed and certified by the DEQ:
  • Any flammable compressed gas or liquefied petroleum gas container filling location;
  • A facility that supplies flammable compressed gas or any liquefied petroleum gas which has a tank with a water capacity of more than 2,000 gallons or two or more tanks with an aggregate water capacity of more than 4,000 gallons; or
  • A facility that supplies flammable liquids or combustible liquid which has an individual tank storage capacity of more than 1,100 gallons and contains a liquid with a flash point of less than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Installation Requirements
  • A plan review installation application located at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/bfs3859_407238_7.pdf is required for:
    • Flammable Liquid/Combustible Liquid (FL/CL) and heating oil installations with a storage capacity greater than 1,100 gallons.
    • All compressed natural gas dispensing stations with storage.
    • All Liquid petroleum gas container-filling locations or tanks with a water capacity greater than 2,000 gallons or two or more tanks with a water capacity greater than 4,000 gallons.
  • A facility site plan showing locations of storage tanks, buildings, property lines, etc must be submitted with the application.
Inspection and Certification Fees
  • FL/CL and heating oil tanks with 1,100 gallons or greater storage capacity must be inspected by the DEQ before put in service;
  • Liquid petroleum gas tanks with 2,000 gallons or water capacity or any container filling station must be inspected by the DEQ before put in service; and
  • Compressed natural gas tanks with storage must be inspected on a triennial basis.
  • A certification fee of $203 per tank is assessed and submitted with the plan review application.
  • AST systems require an annual $61.50 registration fee.
Additional information on the Michigan AST systems can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4115_4237---,00.html.

Please note all MDEQ communication and submittals go through the OSEH department. Contact OSEH at 936-1920 for more information.

Underground Storage Tanks

Plan Review and Certification
The following UST condition must be plan reviewed and certified by DEQ:
  • Any UST system that stores a hazardous substance.
Installation Requirements Inspection and Certification Fees
  • The DEQ shall be notified not less than 7 days before installation of the UST and inspect the UST system.
  • DEQ shall be notified of underground piping installation for inspection.
  • DEQ shall be notified of final UST installation to perform a final inspection.
  • At time of final inspection, Facilities must submit a Tank Registration form located at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/bfs3820_407155_7.pdf and a $100 registration fee.
  • UST systems require an annual $100 registration fee.
Additional information on the Michigan UST systems can be found at http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4115_4238---,00.html.

Please note all MDEQ communication and submittals go through the OSEH department. Contact OSEH at 936-1920 for more information.