In the wake of tropical storm Irene, the State of Vermont promulgated new rules about above-ground fuel tanks. These rules are intended to protect public health and the environment by establishing standards for the design and installation of aboveground storage tanks, and the monitoring and reporting of fuel spills. Many thousands of gallons of fuel spilled into Vermont rivers and tributaries as a result of the flooding caused by Irene. Vermont property owners would be wise to ensure that their propane, kerosene, and other outdoor above-ground tanks comply with these regulations even if their property is not on the shore of Lake Champlain or river flowing into the lake. As of the date of this posting you can find the complete regulations on the
Agency of Natural Resources web site.