It is unlawful to:

  1. Cause or permit the release of a petroleum substance from a petroleum underground storage tank into the environment;
  2. Terms Used In Tennessee Code 68-215-104

    • Board: means the underground storage tanks and solid waste disposal control board created pursuant to §. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Commissioner: means the commissioner of environment and conservation, the commissioner's authorized representatives, or in the event of the commissioner's absence or a vacancy in the commissioner's office, the deputy commissioner. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Department: means the department of environment and conservation. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Petroleum: means crude oil or any fraction of crude oil which is a liquid at standard temperature and pressure (sixty degrees Fahrenheit (60° F) and fourteen and seven tenths pounds per square inch (14. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Petroleum underground storage tank: means any one (1) or combination of tanks (including the underground lines connected thereto) which are used or have been used to contain an accumulation of petroleum substances, and the volume of which (including the volume of the underground pipes connected thereto) is ten percent (10%) or more beneath the surface of the ground. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Petroleum underground storage tank fund: means the fund established by this chapter to provide for the cleanup of releases from petroleum underground storage tanks and assist with the financial responsibilities of owners/operators of petroleum underground storage tanks. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Release: means any spilling, overfilling, leaking, emitting, discharging, escaping, leaching or disposing of a petroleum substance from a petroleum underground storage tank or its associated piping into groundwater, surface water, or subsurface soils. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • Tank: means a stationary device, designed to contain an accumulation of petroleum substances which is constructed primarily of non-earthen materials (e. See Tennessee Code 68-215-103
    • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

  3. Construct, alter or operate a petroleum underground storage tank in violation of this chapter or the rules or regulations established pursuant thereto;
  4. Refuse or fail to pay to the department fees assessed pursuant to this chapter and in violation of the rules, regulations, or orders of the commissioner or board;
  5. Receive, or to attempt to receive reimbursement from the petroleum underground storage tank fund in a fraudulent manner;
  6. Refuse or fail to comply with any order of the commissioner or the board that has become final;
  7. Install petroleum underground storage tanks that do not meet the minimum standards pursuant to this chapter; or
  8. Submit to the department any document, in written or electronic format, known to be false or known to contain any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry; knowingly make any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or knowingly falsify, conceal, or cover up a material fact.