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Aboveground Storage Tanks

The Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) Program is one element within our Environmental Health Department and is administered under the Certified Unified Porgram Agency or  CUPA. The APSA Program is administered throughout the County of Yuba and its incorporated cities.

The purpose of the APSA Program is to protect public health, the environment and groundwater from potential contamination or adverse effects associated with unintended releases from the aboveground storage of petroleum-based hazardous materials and wastes.

An aboveground petroleum storage tank is defined in the California Health and Safety Code as “…a tank that has the capacity to store 55 gallons or more of petroleum and that is substantially or totally above the surface of the ground.”

All facilities that have ASTs (including 55 gallon drums) with an aggregate storage capacity of ≥1,320 gallons of petroleum are subject to APSA.

How to Obtain a Permit

Permits for all CUPA regulatory programs are obtained by registering with Yuba County Environmental Health (YCEH) and paying an annual permit fee. YCEH has staff available to conduct facility walkthroughs to determine a facility's need for permits to ensure proper program categorization. For more information or to schedule a facility walkthrough, please contact Gary Cantwell at (530) 749-7526.

Program Overview

YCEH provides regulatory oversight for the operation of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tanks including:

  • Review of Aboveground Petroleum Storage Tank Facility Statements (TFS)
  • Routine inspections of AST site operations and equipment
  • Review and verification of Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plans