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What are gasoline storage tanks?

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Gasoline storage tanks are containers specially constructed for storing or transporting gasoline. For fire safety and environmental protection, gasoline storage tanks are covered by numerous codes, standards and regulations from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Fire codes restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store to no more than 25 gallons, and the approved containers hold less than five gallons each. Most states limit the amount of gasoline one is allowed transport in a vehicle.

Underground gasoline storage tanks, serving gas stations, pose environmental hazards from potential leaks that could contaminate groundwater. The EPA enforces regulations covering installation and proper operation of these tanks, as well as clean up procedures for spills and leaks.

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