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UST Closures: What You Need to Know
All regulated USTs that do not meet the requirements of H&SC, section 25291(a)(1)-(6), must be permanently closed on or before December 31, 2025 in accordance with H&SC, section 25298, and the California Code of Regulations, title 23, chapter 16 (UST Regulations), section 2672.
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UST Systems which do not have secondary containment and a continuous leak detection system that have not been permanently closed by the regulatory due date are out of compliance, cannot be operated, and could be red tagged by the Unified Program Agency (UPA) or the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), preventing fuel deliveries and dispensing.
1. What is a UST? What does UST Closure Mean?
2. Why are USTs regulated and why are we talking about their closure?
3. Which USTs are subject to Closure?
– UST Regulations in California
– Current Mandate
– What H&SC 25291(a)(1)-(6) require?
– Industry Standards for Compliance
– Example Non-Compliant Systems
4. Is there any funding available?
– RUST Grant Option
– RUST Loan Option
5. What would happen if I do not comply with the H&SC requirements?
6. What is the process for UST Closure?
7. What factors affect the UST Closure cost and timeline?