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Storage Tank Financial Responsibility

Storage Tank Financial Responsibility

Financial responsibility requirements exist to ensure that owners and operators of regulated petroleum storage tanks have the financial resources to pay for the cost of corrective action and compensating third parties for bodily injury and property damage that might result from a discharge from a petroleum storage tank system. A storage tank owner or operator must establish and maintain financial responsibility documentation; this can be accomplished by either working with a financial institution that provides required documentation or completing and passing a financial test (self-insurance). Regulations specify how much financial assurance is required and identify the financial mechanisms that can be used. Financial assurance is required for both Underground Storage Tanks (UST) and Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST).  

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Financial Responsibility Links

For specific information about Storage Tank Financial Responsibility, please choose from these links. (Other pages have links near the bottom of the page.)

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Out-of-Service Tanks

Some financial assurance (FA) providers will not cover out-of-service tanks (including many insurance and bonding companies).  Before a tank is registered out-of-service, the Owner or Operator needs to make sure the tank will continue to be covered by FA. If the current provider will not cover the tank, another form of financial responsibility needs to be found. An alternative is to close the tank in accordance with DEP rules.

Contact Information 850-245-8743 (South and Southwest Districts) 850-245-8793 (Northeast and Southeast Districts) (Disponible para ayuda en español.) 850-245-8740 (Central and Northwest Districts)
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If your district representative cannot be reached, feel free to contact any of the other team members.


Financial Assurance Working Group
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
2600 Blair Stone Road  MS 4548
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400


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March 3, 2021 - 4:23pm

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