Businesses learn about storage tanks

THE BALTIMORE SUN

In an hourlong presentation yesterday, members of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce heard a state official tell them about regulations regarding underground liquid-storage tanks.

"I'm going to highlight some of the regulations, and you can decide if you fit in and need more information," said Herb Meade, a representative of the Maryland Department of the Environment's Oil Control Program as he spoke to the business owners at their monthly breakfast meeting.

Mr. Meade said his office regulates all tanks with capacities of more than 10,000 gallons.

Smaller tanks are regulated by local jurisdictions.

Other exemptions include tanks for home or agricultural use with less than a 1,100 gallon capacity.

Underground storage tank owners need to monitor their tanks regularly for leakage, Mr. Meade said.

Violations can bring fines up to $10,000 per day, he said.

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