Choosing and using oil storage tanks, PPG2: prevent pollution

Advice on how to choose and use above-ground oil storage tanks to comply with environmental law and prevent pollution.

This publication was withdrawn on

All pollution prevention guidance (PPGs) that was previously maintained by the Environment Agency has been withdrawn from use and can now be found on The National Archives.

Pollution prevention guidance contained a mix of regulatory requirements and good practice advice. The Environment Agency does not provide ‘good practice’ guidance.

Current guidance explains how to: report an environmental incident, get permission to discharge to surface or groundwater, manage business and commercial waste, store oil and any oil storage regulations, discharge sewage with no mains drainage, work on or near water and manage water on land.


PPG2 Above ground oil storage tanks

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Pollution Prevention Guidance 2 (PPG 2) provides information about storing oil in above-ground storage tanks, for new installations and existing tanks.

The guidance is for domestic properties and for businesses with small to medium size commercial oil storage. It gives advice on choosing, installing, using and maintaining oil tanks and how to deal with spills.

Published 19 August 2011
Last updated 15 April 2014 + show all updates
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