The Los Angeles Fire Department is the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) responsible for the regulatory inspections of all tank facilities subject to Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act (APSA) program in the City of Los Angeles. The main purpose for the APSA inspection is to verify that tank facilities have prepared and implemented a Federal Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) Plan. The intent of the SPCC Plan is to ensure preparedness for response to petroleum discharges by describing procedures, methods, and equipment used to prevent such discharges.
APSA applies to tank facilities that have a total storage capacity of 1,320 gallons or greater of petroleum or 55-gallons or more of petroleum in Tanks In Underground Area (TIUGA). In APSA, the term “petroleum” means crude oil, or a fraction thereof, that is liquid at 60 degrees Fahrenheit temperature and 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute pressure. Please refer to the state law for additional information.
If you are an APSA Tank Facility and not exempt, then you must do the following:
- Prepare and implement a Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan.
- Submit your Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP) information in the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) and obtain a CUPA permit. See Hazardous Materials section for more information on the HMBP.