Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Report to Congress on the Underground Storage Tank Program in Indian Country - 2005 Energy Policy Act

Background and Requirements

Title XV, Section B of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 amends Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act, the original legislation that created the underground storage tank (UST) program. The UST provisions of the Energy Policy Act focus on preventing releases and direct EPA to help states comply with new UST requirements.

Section 1529 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 directs EPA to prepare and submit to Congress by August 8, 2007 a report summarizing the Agency's progress implementing and enforcing the UST program on all lands under the jurisdiction of an Indian tribe.

Report to Congress

On August 8, 2007, EPA issued the Indian country UST report to Congress, which discusses the progress EPA and tribes have made working together to prevent and cleanup releases from USTs in Indian country. The report also discusses the challenges remaining and work to be accomplished.

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