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Underground Storage Tanks | Alternative Fuels

As federal government mandates require an increased use of renewable fuel sources, Underground Storage Tank regulators, manufacturers, and operators are considering the potential effects of this transition on the existing petroleum retail infrastructure. The introduction of higher ethanol fuel blends such as E15 and E85 will require extensive study and testing to determining the compatibility of the current national UST infrastructure with these new fuels. Compatibility with systems that are currently installed will need to be addressed as well as compatibility with new products and upgrades.

See our Resources page for information on the 2006, 2003, and 2000 State Surveys on MTBE and Other Oxygenate Contamination.


For more information on alternative fuels and additives:

EPA Biofuels Compendium

EPA Alternative Fuel Conversion Website

PEI Alternative Fuels Equipment Compatibility Guide

NH Environmental Factsheet Transitioning from MtBE to Ethanol Guidance for Gasoline Storage Tank Owners

VT MTBE Phase-out and Ethanol Introduction in Vermont’s Motor Fuel Supply



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