Chemical & Oil Storage

Storing products and chemicals such as heating oil, diesel fuel, gasoline, acids, and bases in bulk storage containers or in tanks, whether underground or above ground, raises concerns over leaks, spills, and overfills.  Environment, Health & Safety (EHS), Environmental Protection and Permitting Program (EP3) manages the above ground and underground tank systems at University of Michigan (U-M).  EP3:

  • Oversees environmental issues, such as leaks, spills, and overfills, associated with U-M tank systems
  • Reviews tank system installation information and facility site plans prior to being submitted to the State of Michigan
  • Communicates with the State of Michigan on behalf of U-M

Contact EP3 at (734) 936-1920 when needing to communicate or submit information to the State of Michigan.


Bulk Chemical and Oil Storage

Chemicals and oil can be stored in bulk.  In general, if the capacity of the container is 10 gallons or more for a chemical or 55 gallons or more for oil, it is considered “bulk storage.”  There are criteria to consider, such as the type of container, location of the container, type of chemical, quantity of chemical, etc.

U-M facilities and departments storing large quantities of chemicals or oil are responsible for ensuring the bulk storage containers are in compliance with SPCC and PIPP regulations.  They must:

  • Inspect bulk chemical and oil storage containers as specified in the SPCC or PIPP
  • Complete the required annual SPCC training
  • Maintain copies of the department’s Spill Prevention Plan(s), inspections, and annual training records


Plan Review and Certification for Above-ground Storage Tanks

The State of Michigan must review and certify:

  • A facility that supplies flammable liquids or combustible liquids (FL/CL) which has an individual tank storage capacity of more than 1,100 gallons and contains a liquid with a flash point of less than 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • A flammable compressed gas or liquefied petroleum gas container filling location
  • A facility that supplies flammable compressed gas or any liquefied petroleum gas which has a tank with a water capacity of:
    • More than 2,000 gallons
    • Two or more tanks with an aggregate water capacity of more than 4,000 gallons

Inspection and Registration

All above-ground storage tanks (AST) must be inspected on a triennial basis and registered annually.  The registration fee is $61.50, which is charged to the unit owning the tank.

Supplemental Information


Plan Review and Certification for Underground Storage Tanks

The State of Michigan must review and certify any UST system that stores a hazardous substance.

Inspection and Registration

All underground storage tank (UST) systems must be registered annually.  The registration fee is $100.00, which is charged to the unit owning the tank.

Supplemental Information


Decommissioning Above-ground and Underground Storage Tanks

For tanks that are no longer needed, or have been orphaned (found with no indication of ownership), contact EP3 at (734) 936-1920 as soon as possible.  U-M only has a limited time to remove these tanks.  EP3 will manage the project to remove the tank.  However, departments may incur costs to register the tank, conduct an environmental assessment, or both.

Noticeable Release of Tank Contents

Contact EP3 is a suspect release of tank contents is found.  EP3 will manage the remediation project.