The secondary containment grant guidelines describe the minimum requirements states must meet in order to comply with the secondary containment provision contained in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The guidelines provide compliance requirements, detailed definitions, and examples for states choosing to implement the secondary containment provision. The guidelines do not require owners or operators to retrofit existing equipment. Instead, the guidelines only apply when owners or operators choose to replace existing equipment or install new equipment. By Feb. 8, 2007, states receiving federal funds under Subtitle I of the Solid Waste Disposal Act must implement either these guidelines or the financial responsibility and certification grant guidelines EPA plans to issue in the next few months. To ensure the grant guidelines are implemented with minimal disruption, EPA is giving states considerable flexibility to establish their own secondary containment programs. EPA recognizes that the law's Feb. 8, 2007 deadline is only a few months away and that some states may find it a challenge to implement the secondary containment requirements by that date. For states demonstrating good faith efforts toward meeting the requirements, EPA has the flexibility to continue assisting those states as they implement their programs.
Information on the secondary containment grant guidelines: http://www.epa.gov/oust/fedlaws/epact_05.htm#Final