Petroleum Bulk Storage - NYS DEC Compliance for Businesses and Government Entities




Any large business or government entity may have petroleum stored in bulk, and the tanks that store that petroleum are subjected to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) compliance regulations. Handling and storage of petroleum is heavily regulated by the DEC Petroleum Bulk Storage (PBS) Unit, and the results of improper storage can be dangerous, bad for the local environment, and very expensive. The DEC’s PBS rules and regulations may apply to two types of properties:


● A property with one or more tank systems that are designed to store a combined capacity of more than 1,100 gallons of petroleum in aboveground and/or underground storage tanks; or

● A property with one or more underground tank systems that are designed to store 110 or more gallons of petroleum.


If a facility has either, the tank systems must be registered with the DEC and kept in compliance. The DEC has more regulations for chemical bulk storage and other types of underground tanks, which you can read more about by clicking here. Regardless of the specific needs of each commercial or municipal property, the technicians at Optima Environmental Services can identify and educate any client on their specific compliance needs.


While Optima Environmental Services maintains a team for emergency spill response, we also perform regular audits to ensure facility owners are compliant with PBS regulations. Some of the services we offer are:


● Site auditing (ensuring regulatory compliance)

● State-of-the-art monitoring

● Tank tightness testing

● Leaking tank remediation

● Tank cleaning


Schools, hospitals, apartment complexes, and gas stations are just a few types of businesses that will require compliance inspections. If you’re taking over building management or need an assessment, give our knowledgeable team a call at (845) 561-1512. Our technicians are trained to handle a wide range of environmental services which include emergency spill response, remediation, disposal, and regulation. Read our full list of services by clicking here.


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