New Mexico Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations
Complete 20.5 NMAC and key laws currently in effect: Complete current NM Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations in one document
Separate sections of current NM Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations are available below (20.5.101 NMAC, 20.5.102 NMAC, etc.)
New Regulations Take Effect July 24, 2021/Las nuevas regulaciones entran en vigor el 24 de julio de 2021
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“Hybrid storage tank system” means a storage tank system where any combination of above ground and underground storage tank systems are connected in a manner where fuel enters one tank from the other tank under pressure or gravity flow but is not part of a siphon system (from 18.104.22.168(H)(4) NMAC.)
- A qualified tester must perform the first test of your spill and overfill prevention equipment and interstitial monitoring containment sumps by July 24, 2021.
- Owners, operators, certified installers, junior installers, and testers must report leaks, releases, or spills (including failed tests) within 24 hours by contacting the Leak of the Week listed here: https://www-archive.env.nm.gov/petroleum_storage_tank/leaks-spills-and-incident-reports/ or by calling (505) 827-9329 outside of state business hours if it is an emergency. This requirement is in effect now and has been in effect for many years.
Handy spreadsheet here to help you comply with testing-related regulations now in effect.
Important statutes (laws) related to Petroleum Storage Tanks in New Mexico :
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Petroleum Storage Tank regulation changes that may affect you:
The current part 123, Corrective Action Fund Administration, of the Petroleum Storage Tank regulations, 20.5 NMAC, went into effect December 27, 2018.
Changes to 20.6.2 NMAC, Water Quality Control Commission regulations, including changes to ground water quality standards, went into effect December 21, 2018.
The two changes above may affect you if there’s a leak or spill from one of your tanks. Click here to jump to more information about these two changes.
The Petroleum Storage Tank Regulations, 20.5 NMAC (except part 123-formerly part 17), that were adopted by the Environmental Improvement Board on 5/25/2018 were published and are effective as of July 24, 2018.
- You may download and print your own copy of the revised regulations or any linked document below. They are in pdf format. If your computer asks you to choose a program to read the file, choose Adobe Acrobat
- Questions on the regulation changes may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and may be used for FAQs (frequently asked questions) on the PSTB website or elsewhere. Identifying information will be removed before the question is used.
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** CORRECTION – If you downloaded or received the summary before 8/22/18, please download again. Grace period is 15 days (p.2; began in 2019).**
*CORRECTED 8/22/18*2018 20.5 NMAC Summary of Major Changes
*SPANISH version of summary*Resumen de Los Principales Cambios en la Regulación de Tanques de Almacenamiento de Petróleo
There was a publishing error in 20.5.117 NMAC below. Use the version of 22.214.171.1245 immediately below instead of the version of 126.96.36.1995 NMAC in 20.5.117 as published. Download both for the complete rule. The error will be corrected in a rulemaking. Watch this page for further information.**
20.5.123 NMAC (formerly 20.5.17), Corrective Action Fund AdministrationThis part was adopted by the Secretary of NMED on November 19, 2018 and became effective December 27, 2018.
The New Mexico State Records Center and Archives publishes the regulations on their website. The old version of the Petroleum Storage Tank regulations was repealed when the new version was adopted, so scroll past the repealed sections to find the current regulations: http://188.8.131.52/nmac/T20C005.
Additional information on changes to part 123 of the Petroleum Storage Tank regulations that took effect 12/27/2018 and changes to 20.6.2 NMAC, Water Quality Control Commission regulations that took effect 12/21/2018
See 20.5.123 NMAC (formerly 20.5.17), Corrective Action Fund, above, for the current Part 123 regulation.
Sections 7, 10, 1203, 1210, 3102, 3105 through 3109, 3112, 3114, 4101,4103 through 4106, 4108, 4109, 4114, 5002 through 5006, 5101, 5102, 5202, 5206, and 5209 of 20.6.2 NMAC, Water Quality Control Commission regulations, were amended effective December 21, 2018. Note in particular that some of the ground water quality standards have changed. Please refer to http://www.srca.nm.gov/nmac/nmregister/xxix/20.6.2amend.html for the changes and the new regulation.
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