The Guidelines for Implementing the Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2019 (PDF 3.8MB) provide industry and local government with clear guidance to support consistent implementation of the UPSS Regulation 2019. They also document best practice management to minimise the risk of pollution and contamination from leaking underground fuel tanks.
The Guidelines supersede the previous 2009 guidelines and the UPSS Technical Note: Site validation reporting and UPSS Technical Note: Decommissioning, abandonment and removal of UPSS.
The Guidelines explain how owners 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 maintenance, procedures for fuel storage and delivery, record-keeping, reporting leaks and decommissioning unused systems.
An extensive consultation process was undertaken with the public and UPSS stakeholders to develop these guidelines. The consultation report (PDF 335KB) summarises this process and feedback received.
These documents provide quick and simple information about a specific UPSS topic.
- Fact sheet 1 – fuel handling and dispensing areas (PDF 131KB)
- Fact sheet 2 – loss monitoring systems (PDF 144KB)
- Fact sheet 3 – leak detection systems (PDF 259KB)
- Fact sheet 4 – Fuel system operation plans (PDF 66KB)
- Fact sheet 5 – UPSS obligations (PDF 125KB)
- Fact sheet 6 – Decommissioning an underground petroleum storage tank or system (PDF 352KB)
- Practice Note: Managing run-off from service station forecourts (PDF 320KB) has been developed to provide guidance on preventing potentially polluted run-off escaping from service station forecourts.
- Best Practice Note: Landfarming
- Contamination assessment of service station sites (PDF 1.1MB)