Underground Storage Tanks


Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspections


Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) containing gasoline and diesel fuel can rust and leak over time, impact soil and groundwater and pose a number of environmental and health risks. There are over 400 gas station facilities in Essex County.  New Jersey requires gas station owners to take precautionary measures to insure against leaks and, in the event a tank leaks, prompt action to minimize those risks.


The Underground Storage Tank Program provides compliance monitoring/leak detection of active regulated underground storage tanks in accordance with NJDEP regulations, policies and procedures. The program includes the provision of compliance assistance, the performance of UST facility inspections, the investigation of regulated UST related complaints, the issuance of enforcement documents that may include penalty assessments and other steps which will bring the owner and/or operator into compliance.