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Policy E10
Policy Name: Petroleum Bulk Storage
Responsibility for Maintenance: Sustainability and Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities

Date of Most Recent Change: January 14, 2010  

I. Policy Statement  

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) regulate the storage and handling of oil and other Petroleum products, and specify appropriate procedures to implement in the event of an actual or suspected release of such products to the environment. Onondaga Community College strives to ensure compliance with all applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations, including those related to Petroleum management and tanks.

II. Reason for Policy  

The College is required to comply with applicable Petroleum bulk storage requirements under the New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) and the regulations set forth at Title 6 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Part 612 et seq., as well as federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) requirements set forth at 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 112.

III. Applicability of the Policy  

This policy applies to College personnel responsible for the inspection, care and maintenance of above ground Storage Tanks and Underground Storage Tanks that contain Petroleum, as well as to personnel working in areas of the College where Petroleum products may be otherwise stored or used.    

IV. Related Documents  

  • 6 NYCRR Part 612-614 – Petroleum Bulk Storage Regulations
  • 40 CFR Part 112 – Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures
  • DEC Petroleum Bulk Storage Registration Certificate
  • Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan
  • Monthly Above Ground Storage Tank Inspection Form

V. Contacts  

Subject Office Name Title or Position Telephone Number Email/URL
Inspections Facilities Assistant Director of Facilities
(315) 498-2179 [email protected]  

VI. Definitions  

Term Definition
Above ground storage tank
Any stationary tank which is not entirely covered with earth or other material, or any tank which can be inspected in a subterranean vault.
Carrier A person who transports and transfers Petroleum from one pipe or tank to another.
Petroleum Any petroleum-based oil of any kind which is liquid at 20°C under atmospheric pressure and has been refined, re-refined, or otherwise processed for the purpose of being burned as a fuel to produce heat or usable energy, or which is suitable for use as a motor fuel or lubricant in the operation or maintenance of an engine. Waste oil which has been reprocessed or re-refined and which is being stored for sale or use as fuel or lubricant is considered Petroleum. The definition of Petroleum includes gasoline and diesel fuel.
  Any tank completely covered with earth or other material. Tanks in subterranean vaults accessible for inspections are considered ASTs.


VII. Procedures  

The college will comply with all rules, regulations and guidelines as set forth by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC ) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA)

The rules, regulation and guidelines may be found at:  


Approved by the OCC Board of Trustees April 3, 2006

Updated and approved by the President January 14, 2010