Virginia DEQ - Petroleum Program

UST Technical Regulation NEW Guidance for Changes Applicable on January 1, 2018

DEQ has developed guidance for changes to the UST Technical Regulation that became effective on January 1, 2018. This guidance only covers requirements that tank owners and operators must comply with starting January 1, 2018. 

View the guidance here.

Additional changes to the regulation require UST owners/operators to demonstrate compliance with certain requirements by January 1, 2021. The implementation guidance for these "2021" requirements is currently under development.

New Mailing Lists

The DEQ Tanks Program has created new mailing lists based on our three program areas: Tank Facility Compliance, Cleanups, and Reimbursement. Follow the link to the signup form to receive updates and helpful information based on your interests.

Fillable Environmental Pollution Report

DEQ has prepared a fillable environmental pollution report (EPR) for use in reporting releases to regional offices. Instructions for completing the report are provided as comments and tooltips within the form. Once complete, email your complete EPR with any attachments to your DEQ regional office. A map of DEQ regional offices and their service areas is available on the Locations page. Contact with any questions or technical problems.

Download the EPR here and on our Files and Forms page.


Virginia's Underground Storage Tank Regulations

Changes to Virginia’s Underground Storage Tank (UST) Technical Regulation (9VAC25-580) and the UST Financial Responsibility Regulation (9VAC25-590) became effective on January 1, 2018.  Some requirements will become effective immediately, while others will become effective on January 1, 2021.

DEQ promulgated these amendments to conform to the federal UST Regulation amendments that became effective on October 13, 2015. In order to maintain program delegation, Virginia had to revise its regulations to be at least as stringent as the federal regulations.

View the unofficial version of the amended regulations. The Virginia Register will provide the official version of the regulations on its website after January 1, 2018.

View the Agency Background document on the regulations, which includes a summary of the changes to the regulations, as well as informal comments to the regulation and DEQ's response to comments.

View a handout summarizing the proposed regulatory changes and general implementation timeframes.


Read about the amended federal UST Regulation here:

The revised DEQ Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) regulation 9VAC25-91 became effective on November 1, 2015. The revised regulations incorporate new performance standards for certain aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) located in the City of Fairfax as mandated by actions taken by the 2011 General Assembly (CH 884). In addition to these changes, the revised regulation aligns Virginia’s regulatory requirements with federal requirements and current industry standards, clarifies applicability of the regulations, and eliminates AST registration fees. The pollution prevention requirement section of the regulation (Section 130) has also been re-organized to make the regulations easier to understand.

A summary table of the changes for 9VAC25-91.

See the revised regulation at: 

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) created this webpage to provide access to the technical reports and technical correspondence relative to the petroleum release at the Meadows of Dan Food Market.

DEQ has created the Potomac River Generating Station web page to provide access to the technical reports and technical correspondence for the petroleum release from two 25,000 gallon underground heating oil storage tanks at the Potomac River Generating Station (PRGS) in the City of Alexandria. DEQ staff will typically post reports or technical correspondence on this webpage within 30 days of receipt, after staff has reviewed the information and confirmed that it is complete.

The Great Falls subdivision webpage was created to provide access to the technical reports and technical correspondence for the petroleum release at the former Exxon Service Station at 9901 Georgetown Pike in Great Falls, Virginia (the “site”). DEQ staff will typically post reports or technical correspondence on this webpage within 30 days of receipt, after staff has reviewed the information and confirmed that it is complete.

TurboTank is DEQ’s online Self Certification System for regulated underground storage tanks (USTs). There are approximately18,000 active USTs at about 6,000 UST facilities in Virginia. Turbotank is designed for the owners and operators of regulated UST facilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Turbotank is a helpful tool to assist you, as a UST owner or operator, in learning about UST pollution prevention requirements as they may pertain to your particular UST facility. The UST Program seeks to prevent USTs from leaking by requiring owners to maintain tank spill prevention, tank overfill protection, corrosion protection on tanks and piping, release detection for tanks and piping, operator training certification, and financial responsibility. To use the system you must obtain an UST Owner ID from the DEQ staff from the Regional Office nearest you or contact Russell Ellison (804) 698-4269.

The NEWs page for the Petroleum Program provides links and information regarding the newest features about the Petroleum Program and how that might impact you.  Also, there is an Interactive Mapping application which provides graphical information for release sites.  This application displays cross-media geographical features including petroleum release sites, solid waste facilities, 303D impaired waters, water quality monitoring stations and more. Also, there are LINKS for related information outside the Petroleum Program that may be beneficial to the visitor.

The Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Program provides various customer services to the Virginia community. The staff for the Petroleum Program is located at the DEQ Central Office and the regional offices around the state.

The Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) and Underground Storage Tank (UST) Compliance Inspections Programs: DEQ Central Office staff develop regulations and coordinate the statewide effort to maintain compliance with the AST/UST requirements. The staff of the six statewide regional offices conducts AST/UST compliance inspections of regulated tanks in a cooperative effort with the regulated community to protect human health and the environment.

Leaks and/or spills of petroleum and/or regulated substances into the environment must be reported to DEQ. After a release is reported, DEQ staff will work with the tank owner/operator to characterize and clean up the release. There is a Search engine located at the top of all the Petroleum Program webpages to aid in finding information about the program.

Contact Information

The information below is for accessing the Central Office for the Petroleum Program. Specific programs and contact information for Petroleum Programs can be found on the Regional and Central Office Contacts page.

P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
804.698.4010 (Phone)
804.698.4266 (Fax)

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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