Vermont’s Aboveground Storage Tank (AST) rules regulate the design and installation of heating oil tanks. They also provide spill prevention and inspection requirements for both tank owners and fuel suppliers. A Vermont law passed in 2016 requires tanks to be removed during natural gas conversions. The Department of Environmental Conservation is also required to develop training and certification standards for oilheat tank inspections.
The new certification standards and procedures must be in place by July 1, 2017. By law, fuel tanks must be inspected every three years.
Financial assistance is available to assist low-income residents who may not have the financial resources to replace or upgrade tanks to meet the new requirements (see below)