Overview of the storage tank regulations

The Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations, under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA), establish requirements for storage tank systems under federal jurisdiction. Some of these requirements are found in the Environmental Code of Practice for Aboveground and Underground Storage Tank Systems Containing Petroleum and Allied Petroleum Products (PDF, 749KB), parts of which are incorporated by reference in the regulations.

The regulations came into force in 2008 to help reduce the risk of releases of petroleum products, such as leaks and spills. At the time, about 15% of systems under federal jurisdiction were more than 20 years old and had no leak detection, corrosion protection, or structures to contain releases.

This section will help you become more familiar with the requirements set out in the regulations and help determine when they apply and how to comply with them. Other reliable and useful tools include a video that explains the application of the regulations, a video on the identification requirements for storage tank systems and a User's Guide for the Online Federal Identification Registry for Storage Tank Systems (PDF, 438KB).

If the information you need is not available on our website, contact your regional office or the Storage Tank Program.

Disclaimer: This material has been prepared for convenience of reference and accessibility and does not have an official character. It is of a general nature only. For all purposes of interpreting and applying the regulations, users must consult the official version of the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations and seek their own legal advice as appropriate.

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