Aboveground PETROLEUM Storage ACT (APSA)

CAL FIRE, Office of the State Fire Marshall, has oversight responsibility of the Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA). As the local Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA), Environmental Health implements the APSA program.

The APSA program applies to tank facilities that are subject to the Federal Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule. This includes facilities that operate one or more aboveground storage tanks (AST) with the capacity to store petroleum products of 1,320 gallons or more and facilities where there is a combined total of 1,320 gallons or more of petroleum products stored in containers that hold 55 gallons or more. Additionally, facilities with a storage capacity of less than 1,320 gallons of petroleum stored in one or more tanks in an underground area (TIUGA) are subject to the SPCC rule. 

With a few exceptions, the APSA program requires operators to prepare and implement a Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan, conduct periodic inspections and immediately report releases to the CUPA and the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES). For questions regarding if and how SPCC rule requirements may apply to your facility, please contact our main line at 530-745-2300 and request to speak with an inspector.