EPA Seeks Public Comment on Minnesota Underground Storage Tank Management Plan

Aug. 23, 2001

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has scheduled a public comment period required for approval of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's application to take over management of the underground storage tank program.

Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, EPA regulates underground tanks and piping that store either petroleum or certain hazardous substances. EPA can approve state plans to regulate underground storage tanks if they are "no less stringent" and provide adequate enforcement of standards set by the federal program. The MPCA application, submitted in May 2000, has been reviewed by EPA and meets all requirements.

The public can read and make written comments on the plan from now until Sept. 28. To review documents, visit MPCA, Regular Facilities Section, Metro District, 520 Lafayette Road North, St. Paul, Minn., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

If sufficient public interest is expressed, a hearing will be held at 9 a.m., Sept. 28, MPCA Board Room, same address as above. To request a public hearing contact Andy Tschampa, chief of the UST section, U.S. EPA Region 5, DU-7J, 77 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL, 60604, (312) 886-6159 by Aug. 27.

Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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