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UST Corrective Action Information

Regulations for UST Corrective Action Activities are located in ADEM Administrative Code R. 335-6-15 and 335-6-16.

The UST Corrective Action Section oversees the investigation and remediation of releases from underground storage tanks (USTs). Tank owners submit technical plans and reports to the UST Corrective Action Section for review and comment. The general sequence of events after a release is reported includes:
  • a Preliminary Investigation
  • an On-Site Secondary Investigation
  • an Off-Site Secondary Investigation
  • Groundwater monitoring to evaluate plume stability
  • Risk assessment to determine site-specific target levels
  • Preparation of a corrective action plan
  • Implementation of a corrective action plan
  • Monitoring well and/or remediation system abandonment and removal
  • Issuance of a letter of No Further Action
Over 12,220 UST releases have been reported to the Department. As of March 2020, approximately 11,275 releases have been cleaned up. Currently, 925 UST release incidents are under investigation or remediation.

ADEM UST Corrective Action Program Contact Information

A list of current ADEM UST Corrective Action Section staff is provided to guide the regulated community and the public to individuals who can assist them with information of the Alabama UST Corrective Action program.

A map illustrating the responsibility area for staff who receive reports of new releases is also provided.

Submittal of Plans, Reports and Cost Proposals
All correspondence submitted to the ADEM UST Corrective Action program should be submitted by email to the appropriate program staff . This includes corrective action related plans, reports and Tank Trust Fund Cost Proposals. Tank Trust Fund Payment Requests should be submitted to the email address noted in the Trust Fund section of this website and UST Closure Site Assessment Reports are to be submitted to the email address noted in the closure guidance section below.

UST Release Incident List

Owners and operators of underground storage tanks are required to report suspected releases to the Department immediately upon discovery and in no case later than 24 hours following discovery. The reported releases which are required to have additional investigative and/or corrective actions performed are assigned a UST Release Incident Number by the Department.

The Incident Number is comprised of three parts which reflect the fiscal year that the number is assigned, the month of assignment and the consecutive release identified that month.

A list of issued release incidents is maintained by the Department and will be updated periodically and posted on the website. This list is a comprehensive listing of all release incidents assigned by the Department since the UST regulations went into effect. Those sites having received a No Further Action Letter have the status listed as “Closed”. Incidents that have remaining investigative or corrective action requirements are listed as “Active”.

Please note that this list will be revised to reflect new information regarding new release incidents, owner address changes, tank owner name changes, etc. For more information about a specific release, a file review may be scheduled by contacting the Department. You may also go to the e-File program on the ADEM website and find file material that has been scanned for UST release incidents.

Guidance for Proper Management and Disposal of Well Development and Purge Water From Petroleum UST and AST Release Sites August 2015

Alabama Risk-Based Corrective Action for USTs (ARBCA) November 2001

This is the revised November 2001 guidance manual. These files comprise the guidance manual for the development of alternate corrective action limits under the underground storage tank program. The evaluation forms and program software can be obtained through the Groundwater Branch for a fee.

UST Closure Site Assessment Guidance (September 2007)

Effective April 15, 2020, all UST Closure Site Assessment Reports should be submitted via this email address: USTCompliance@adem.alabama.gov.

NEW! The UST Closure Assessment Report Form 474 has been revised. Revisions have been made to Section 8e and 8f. Please use this form for the submittal of UST closure site assessment reports.
October 2017 UST Closure Assessment Report Form 474 m3

Alabama Underground Storage Tank Release Investigation and Corrective Action Guidance Manual
(May 1995)
(Available upon request from the UST Program Staff) This guidance provides information about the various investigative and corrective action issues within the program.