The Georgia Underground Storage Act (GUST) provides a comprehensive program to prevent, detect, and correct releases from underground storage tanks (“USTs”) of “regulated substances” other than hazardous wastes governed by the RCRA (Resource Conservation and Recovery Act) regulations. The regulations provide design, construction, installation, and operating standards for new USTs, a schedule for upgrading existing USTs, release detection methods for new USTs, and a phase-in of such methods for existing USTs. Notification and record keeping are required, as is reporting and correction of releases. The act establishes the GUST trust fund that will provide, to participating owners and operators, coverage for corrective action necessitated by releases from petroleum product USTs. An UST owner or operator conducting corrective action, either through a hired contractor or through the State Contractor, is entitled to reimbursement of reasonable costs from the GUST Trust Fund, in accordance with provisions of the GUST Act and the GUST Rules. The regulations establishing technical standards for USTs emphasize leak prevention, detection, and corrective action.
The company wishing to create a UST must receive permitting from the EPD. A state certified contractor must be used for construction and maintenance.