Fuel System Operation Plans

An underground petroleum storage system (UPSS), can only be used if a Fuel System Operation Plan has been developed and implemented at the site.

The person responsible for a UPSS must ensure a Fuel System Operation Plan is in place, which can help be prepared by using the Storage system information for UPSS (PDF 85KB) template.

A Fuel System Operation Plan must include

  • information about the UPSS, including the person responsible
  • 24-hour contacts and site access details in the event of an incident
  • a loss monitoring system
  • an incident management procedure (see 'Spill Actions' outlined in the Best practice guide for environmental incident prevention and management (PDF 592KB))
  • system maintenance details
  • the current 'as built' drawings
  • a plan of the storage site, including drainage and services
  • buildings and associated infrastructure (above and below ground)
  • groundwater monitoring wells
  • a copy of industry standards that have been followed in constructing and maintaining the UPSS
  • a copy of the specifications for the design, installation and operation of the UPSS.

See clause 18 of the Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019 (PDF 311KB) for more information.

Fuel System Operation Plans must be accessible and contain current procedures and records specific to the UPSS on site. They can be held electronically or in hardcopy form, either as a dedicated document or as part of other site management procedures.

Contact the EPA on 131 555 or email UPSSREG@epa.nsw.gov.au for more information.

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