By Brendan Lachance, Oil City News
CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said in a press release Wednesday that the state has the country’s highest compliance rate when it comes to regulations on underground storage tanks.
“Wyoming boasts a 93% compliance rate with underground storage tanks,” Wyoming DEQ said. “The most recent report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding underground storage tank compliance shows an average national compliance rate of 57.8%. These numbers are from the most recent EPA report, which is based off numbers submitted in September of 2021.”
Underground storage tanks are often fuel tanks at gas stations, but DEQ Storage Tank Program manager Adrian Ducharme said that underground fuel tanks in the state also include tanks used at emergency power generators at hospitals, nursing facilities, prisons, missile silos and other locations.