updated september 2015 district of columbia district department of the environment (doee) standard permitting procedures for remov
Updated September 2015
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT (DOEE)
STANDARD PERMITTING PROCEDURES FOR
REMOVAL OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANKS
Pursuant to 20 DCMR §§ 5603.1, the UST owner/operator must
notify the District Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE),
Underground Storage Tank (UST) Program office five (5) days in
advance of performing work either in writing or by completing
the UST/LUST Activity Notification form on our website. DOEE
does not currently charge a fee for tank removal. However, a
$200 fee is required for UST installation and closure-in-place.
The owner/operator must obtain and complete a standard
construction permit form and Building Permit Application
Supplemental for from the DCRA Permit Processing Division,
Located at 1100 4th Street SW (Waterfront), they can be reached
at (202) 727-7047. These forms and a site diagram must be taken
to DOEE for sign-off at 1200 First Street, N.E., 5th Floor – UST
Pursuant to 20 DCMR §5603.2, forty-eight (48) hours in advance
of the excavation activity, the owner/operator must notify the
D.C. Fire Marshal’s (DCFM) Technical Inspections Plans and
Permits Branch, Hazardous Materials Section on 202-727-1614, and
the UST Branch , on 202-535-2600 to arrange for representatives
of the DC FEMS and DDOE to be on-site.
UST Contractors/Technicians/Closure Specialist, etc. must obtain
certification from the UST Branch, DOEE prior to performing any
UST activities in DC. Failure to obtain this is a violation.
Certification can be issued to individuals or firms valid for 1
to 2 years.
ON-SITE CLOSURE PRACTICES
The contractor must follow 20 DCMR § 6101, and standard tank
removal safety practices as contained in the American Petroleum
Institute Publication 1604, the D.C. Fire Code, or equivalent
DOEE approved standard.
An Official from the DCFM and DOEE must be present upon tank
removal for tank and excavation area assessment.
A minimum of two (2) soil samples from under each tank will be
required. Additional samples may be requested by the UST
Inspector. Based on the results of the initial soil sampling,
the owner/operator may be requested to perform a comprehensive
site assessment (the CSA protocol is on our website).
Contaminated soils stored on-site must be placed upon and
covered by plastic and designed to stop any leachate from
migrating from the soil pile.
Tank disposal is the responsibility of the owner/operator and
must be performed in accordance with the applicable solid waste
Contaminated soils taken from the excavation zone must be
transferred to a DOEE approved treatment/disposal facility
within ten (10) days.
Within thirty (30) days after removal, the owner/operator must
submit a DOEE UST Notification form and a UST Closure Assessment
report to the UST Branch. DOEE will review this report to
determine if the site is above our soil standards, if so a LUST
case will be opened for site remediation by the responsible
party for the petroleum contamination.
Please refer to DOEE’s UST Closure Assessment Protocol for additional
For Additional Information or Clarifications please contact:
District of Columbia, Department of Energy & Environment
Toxic Substances Division
Underground Storage Tank Branch
Attention: Branch Chief
1200 First Street, NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.
Tel: (202) 535-2600 Fax: (202) 535-1383
Website: www.doee.dc.gov, Email: [email protected]
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