Oil storage guidance

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Guidance on control of pollution (oil storage) (England) regulations 2001.



The purpose of this guidance is to provide background information and interpretation of the minimum legal standards in the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 in more detail, and outline recommended ‘best practice’ measures that go beyond the requirements in the legislation.

The guidance distinguishes between the Regulatory requirements by using ‘must’ and those recommendations that go beyond the statutory requirements by using ‘should’. It aims to explain in simple terms those points in the Regulations where additional interpretation would help, but does not repeat points which we consider are clearly described in the Regulations themselves.

This guidance is relevant to all organisations with members who have custody or control of oil storage facilities (including tanks, intermediate bulk containers, oil drums and mobile bowsers), with certain exceptions listed in paragraph 8 of the guidance. Those mainly affected are those storing oil above ground, with a 200 litre lower limit to storage capacity, on industrial, commercial and institutional (residential and non-residential) premises.

Waste oil stores will be exempt from the Regulations, where waste oil is within the meaning of the Waste Management Licensing Regulations 1994 (as amended). It is intended that the same requirements will be introduced in revisions to the waste oil storage provisions of those regulations in the near future.