Overview of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act
and Its Implementation
Senate Bill 373, containing the Aboveground Storage Tank Act §22-30 and the Public Water Supply Protection Act §22-31 was approved by the 2014 Legislature and signed into law by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on April 1, 2014. The law officially took effect on June 6, 2014. The bill required an inventory and registration of aboveground storage tanks, the submittal of spill prevention response plans and certified inspections of tanks.
On March 14, 2015, the 2015 Legislature passed Senate Bill 423 to amend the Aboveground Storage Tank and Public Water Supply Protection Acts. This amended Act became effective June 12, 2015.
DEP is accepting online AST registrations, modifications to existing registrations, spill plans and inspection certifications via its Electronic Submission System (ESS). The registration process includes questions about tank size, contents, construction, age and location. To assist in the registration process, there is a comprehensive AST Registration User’s Guide available at the link below or on the ESS signup/login page that provides screen-by-screen instructions. DEP employees also are on hand to assist tank owners who are subject to the requirements of the Act.
DEP has introduced three AST Legislative Rules, required by the Act, for consideration in the 2016 legislative session. As those rules are considered and finalized, staff will be working to update relative material and guidance on this site. Please check back for the latest information about the AST Program.