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Understanding Underground Storage Tank Removals in Texas: A Guide for Property Owners

Underground Storage Tanks (USTs) have been a staple in storing petroleum and hazardous substances across the United States. In Texas, where the oil and energy sector plays a significant role in the state's economy, managing and removing USTs is governed by state regulations. This guide aims to provide property owners and stakeholders with essential information about UST removals in Texas, ensuring compliance and protecting the environment.

Why Remove an UST?

UST removal is critical for several reasons:

  • Environmental Protection: Leaking USTs can contaminate soil and groundwater, posing risks to human health and the environment.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Adhering to state and federal regulations avoids potential fines and legal issues.
  • Property Value: Removing an unused or contaminated UST can enhance property value and facilitate real estate transactions.

Regulatory Framework

In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) oversees the management and removal of USTs. Compliance with TCEQ guidelines is mandatory for UST owners and operators, encompassing:

  • Registration and permitting of USTs.
  • Regular inspections and maintenance.
  • Immediate reporting and cleanup of leaks and spills.
  • Proper closure and removal procedures.

Removal Process

The UST removal process in Texas involves several key steps:

  1. Notification and Permitting
  2. Hiring Qualified/Licensed Professionals
  3. Site Assessment
  4. Removal and Disposal
  5. Site Restoration

Financial Assistance

Recognizing the financial burden of UST removal, Texas offers assistance through the Petroleum Storage Tank Remediation (PSTR) Fund. Eligible owners and operators can receive financial help for cleanup and removal efforts, mitigating the cost of environmental compliance.

Best Practices

To ensure a smooth UST removal process, follow these best practices:

  • Maintain accurate records of UST maintenance, inspections, and correspondence with regulatory bodies.
  • Regularly inspect your UST for signs of wear, corrosion, or leaks.
  • Stay informed about changes in UST regulations and requirements.


Removing an Underground Storage Tank in Texas requires careful planning and strict adherence to regulatory standards. Understanding the importance of UST removal, following the outlined process, and utilizing available resources are critical steps for property owners to effectively manage their USTs, contributing to environmental protection and regulatory compliance.

For those looking for professional assistance with their UST removal projects, Talon/LPE is ready to help. With extensive experience in environmental services and UST management, Talon/LPE can ensure your project is handled with the utmost care and compliance. Don't navigate the complexities of UST removal alone; call Talon/LPE at 806-467-0607 or reach out via email at clientrelations@talonlpe.com for expert assistance.

Remember, when in doubt, consult with environmental professionals and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to ensure your UST removal project is successful and compliant. Partnering with experts like Talon/LPE can provide peace of mind and guarantee that your property and the environment are protected.