Underground Storage Tanks (USTs)

Underground Storage Tanks (UST) systems at Emory are used to fuel emergency power generators at Emory's research buildings, hospitals, and other critical locations. USTs are managed by the Facilities Management staff of their respective organizations. The purpose of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) Management Program is to outline a method to comply with applicable Federal and State regulations regarding UST management at Emory. USTs are defined as tanks that contain a regulated substance (such as petroleum products) that are located 10% or more beneath the surface of the ground. Emory’s USTs are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (GA EPD). The UST Management Program applies to all USTs at Emory University, Emory Healthcare, and The Emory Clinic locations. EHSO’s Environmental Compliance Program at Emory, in partnership with Facilities Management, ensures UST compliance with State and Federal Regulations. 

UST Class C Operator Training

UST Class C Operators are those staff who have primary responsibility for initial response to emergencies (alarms, spills, releases, etc.) at the UST site. Class C Operators must be trained upon initial job assignment EHSO's Underground Storage Tank Compliance Training for Class C Operators. Class C Operators will be expected to attend this training annually.

Any staff member who has responsibility for managing USTs or provides oversight is required to have appropriate training. Staff are required to take either A, B, or C Operator training depending on their role and responsibilities regarding USTs. Contact EHSO’s UST lead for further information.