NSW EPA Underground Petroleum Storage System (UPSS) Guidelines To Implement New Regulations

NSW EPA Underground Petroleum Storage System (UPSS) Guidelines To Implement New Regulations

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued new guidelines to help operators of underground petroleum storage systems minimise the potential for fuel leaks. 

The guidelines also support local councils to regulate these sites under the Protection of Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019.

Underground petroleum storage systems are commonly found at service stations, marinas, work depots, golf courses, airports, car dealerships and where fuel is stored or used. Leaks and spills from these systems can harm the environment by contaminating land, surface water and groundwater.

The new guidelines explain how UPSS operators can meet the requirements to monitor for, detect and fix leaks promptly to protect the environment and save costly clean-ups. They also set out the performance requirements for the design, installation, maintenance and decommissioning of these systems.





James Allen, Senior Operations Officer, NSW EPA




James is currently a senior Operations Officer with the NSW EPA. He has over 25 years’ experience working across the NSW Government sector, local government and internationally in which he has gained extensive industry knowledge, particularly as a practitioner of compliance and regulation practices, environmental auditing and project management.

James was integral in the remake of the POEO (UPSS) Regulation and the transition of regulatory responsibility to councils back in 2019. The supporting UPSS guidelines were originally developed back in 2008 and James has spent the past 6 months reviewing, rewriting and publishing them and is here to tell us all about that process and what has become of them.   

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