Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks: Closure Assessment Sample Collection and Over-Excavation
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Form #:  01-117
Guidance Documents
Revised: 6/19/18


This guidance pertains to the sampling of media following the removal or replacement of underground storage tanks (USTs) and/or ancillary equipment (e.g., piping, dispensers) as well as management options for those soils contaminated by petroleum hydrocarbons (hereafter referred to as petroleum) that primarily resulted from UST system releases. Its purpose is to provide guidance concerning soil sample collection, laboratory analysis methods, over-excavation of contaminated soil, management of contaminated soil, and reporting. This document integrates the regulations contained within Chapter 10 of the State Fire Marshal’s (SFM) Title 159 – Nebraska Administrative Code Rules and Regulations Underground Storage Tanks concerning closure requirements, the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s (hereafter referred to as NDEQ or Department) guidance for voluntary over-excavation below leaking USTs (LUSTs) and/or ancillary equipment, and actions considered eligible for reimbursement under NDEQ’s Title 200 - Reasonable Rate Schedule and Reimbursement Guidance Manual as established under NDEQ’s Title 200-Rules and Regulations for Petroleum Release Remedial Action Reimbursement Fund). Any questions about or requests of variance to the SFM’s Title 159 rules and regulations can only be approved by the SFM. Questions concerning over-excavation, sampling methodologies and NDEQ’s Title 200 reimbursement should be directed to NDEQ Petroleum Remediation (PR) Section (402/471-2186 or Other relevant NDEQ regulations include NDEQ’s Title 118 – Ground Water Quality Standards and Use Classification, NDEQ’s Title 126 – Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Management of Wastes, and NDEQ’s Title 132-Integrated Solid Waste Management Regulations.

Although this guidance makes reference to regulations and may include excerpts from regulations, it is not a regulation itself. Its purpose is to help the public understand the coordination and application of NDEQ and SFM regulations and guidance concerning releases of petroleum from UST systems.