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Environment Protection Authority

UPSS Environment Protection Plan

The Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS) Regulation requires that Environment Protection Plans (EPPs) contain the procedural documents and records specific to the UPSS. EPPs must be accessible onsite so that practical written procedures are on hand to detect leaks and spills and take appropriate action when they are identified.

As specified in the Regulation (clause 19), an EPP must include:

  • specific information about the storage system, including identifying the 'person responsible' for the system
  • a loss monitoring procedure
  • an incident management procedure
  • details about system maintenance
  • the current 'as built' drawings for the system
  • a plan of the storage site.
  • a copy of industry standards that have been followed in constructing and maintaining the UPSS
  • a copy of the specifications of the UPSS.

The 2014 revision of the UPSS Regulation allows for EPPs to be held either electronically or in hardcopy form, either as a dedicated document or as part of other site management procedures. As per the 2014 revision, the plan of the storage site must also include information on site drainage and services.

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For more information on EPPs, see the Guidelines for implementing the UPSS Regulation or contact a member of the UPSS Team by calling 131 555 or (02) 9995 5555 or via UPSSREG@epa.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 16 June 2017