Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Aboveground Storage Tanks
Banks and Realtors
Environmental Firms
MDEQ Certified Contractors
Tank Owner
Trust Fund


Aboveground Storage Tanks
In Mississippi all aboveground tanks are regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA's Aboveground Storage Tank Program is administrated by the Region 4's Emergency Response Program. Questions and inquiries should be directed to Ted Walden at 404-562-8752.

Banks and Realtors
Q. I have a client who is purchasing a piece of property that has an underground storage tank facility on it. Can I get a letter from the UST Branch that states that the facility is in compliance with your rules and regulations?
A. Yes. If the facility is in compliance, we can provide you a letter stating that the facility is in compliance with the UST regulations(11 Miss. Admin. Code, Pt. 5, Ch. 2). It would be most helpful if you would have as much information as possible like the facility identification number that we assigned to the facility, the owner's name, the facility address, and the facility name available before you contact us.

Q. How do I get a letter from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) stating that the property where an old underground storage tank is located is clean?
A. If a UST was closed in place prior to December 22, 1988, chances are that the product was removed and they were either filled with water or left empty. This type of closure procedure was the norm at that time. However for a tank that was closed in place prior to December 22, 1988, and you want to get a letter from MDEQ regarding the location, you must hire an MDEQ certified contractor to take samples and then have them analyzed by a laboratory. Once we receive the analytical results we will notify you in writing if no further action is required at the site. If the UST was closed in place after December 22, 1988, the closure should have been performed by Department closure guidelines. The owner should have received a "no further action" letter from the Department and we should have a copy on file.

Environmental Firms
Q. I am purchasing a piece of property, how can I find out if it have underground storage tanks on it? If it does what must I do?
A. The Underground Storage Tank Staff can search the underground storage tank (UST) database to see if the property in question has any USTs registered with the Department. Contact Sandra Dowty or Donna Phillips. If the tank does have tanks, please refer to our Prospective Buyer page for details of what you must do if you purchase the property.

Q. How do I get a letter from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) stating that the property where an underground storage tank is located is clean?
A. If a UST was closed in place prior to December 22, 1988, chances are that the product was removed and they were either filled with water or left empty. This type of closure procedure was the norm at that time. However for a tank that was closed in place prior to December 22, 1988, and you want to get a letter from MDEQ regarding the location, you must hire an MDEQ certified contractor to take samples and then have them analyzed by a laboratory. Once we receive the analytical results we will notify you in writing if no further action is required at the site. If the UST was closed in place after December 22, 1988, the closure should have been performed by a Department closure guidelines. The owner should have received a "no further action" letter from the Department and we should have a copy on file.

Q. Do you issue certificates for tanks?
A. Yes. A Certificate of Registration is issued upon payment of annual tank fees.

Q.What tanks are exempt from the UST regulations?
A. Farm or residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less capacity used for storing motor fuel for noncommercial purposes; tank used for storing heating oil for consumptive use on the premises where stored; septic tanks and systems for collecting storm water and wastewater; tanks on or above the floor of underground areas, such as basements or tunnels; flow-through process tanks; tanks holding 110 gallons or less; and emergency spill and overfill tanks are exempt from UST regulations.

Q. How do I go about reviewing UST files?
A. Contact the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's Public Records section at 601.961.5666.

Q. Is Stage II Vapor Recovery required on UST systems in Mississippi?
A. No. Not at this time.

Q. Are propane tanks regulated?
A. Yes, but not by the UST Branch. Please contact the state Insurance Department, L C Gas Division, at 601.359.1064.

Q. Where is your office located?
A. The UST office is located at 515 East Amite Street in Jackson, Mississippi. Visit our Directions page to get driving directions and a map

Q. What hours are you open for business?
A. Our building is open from 8 a. m. until 5:00 p. m.

Q. What if I have a question related to underground storage tanks, who should I call?
A. If you have an question, but don't know the right person to call, check out our Staff page.

MDEQ Certified Contractors
Q. As a UST contractor what type of tank work must I have certification from MDEQ to do?
A. You must be certified by MDEQ to install, alter, and remove USTs.
Please see FAQs on our Certification page and/or contact Jessica Power.

Tank Owner
Q. When must I notify MDEQ that I have installed new tanks or piping?
A. You must complete a notification form and submit it to MDEQ within 30 days of bring the tank/piping into use.

Q. I have just purchased an underground storage tank facility. How long do I have to notify MDEQ of the change in ownership.
A. You must notify MDEQ of a change in ownership within 30 days of purchase.

Q. Who can I get to install, alter, or remove my tanks?
A. First of all you must hire a contractor that has been certified by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality to do most any type of work on your tank system. To obtain a list of approved contractors, click here, and select companies that have a code "I" for install, alter, and remove certification and a "C" for those companies that have certification to just permanently close tanks.

Q. What should I do if I have a suspected release at my underground storage tank facility?
A. If you suspect that you have a release, you should contact the UST Branch within 24 hours of when you notice the release. Please refer to our page about reporting releases.

Trust Fund
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