ERMA announces new rules for farm diesel storage
ERMA New Zealand has altered the rules covering the storage of diesel fuel to keep costs down for farmers and horticulturalists.
The changes mean that existing above ground diesel tanks of up to 2500 litres capacity will not have to have a compound (bund) to guard against the risk of leakage, providing they are located so that any spillage will not endanger any building or flow into any natural water. Other rules regarding the use of existing and new diesel tanks can be found on the ERMA New Zealand website.
The exemption only applies to diesel tanks that were in use or under construction prior to April 2004 and continue to meet the requirements of the previous Dangerous Goods legislation.
The rule change will allow existing 500 gallon (2273 litre) diesel tanks to continue in use without requiring the construction of a compound.
The rules under the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms legislation previously specified 2000 litres as the maximum capacity for diesel tanks without a compound. However, it is estimated the cost to the farming and horticultural industries to add compounds would be around $10 million. ERMA New Zealand was not aware of this significant compliance cost when it made its original decision, and has raised the limit to 2500 litres to accommodate the common existing 500 gallon tank.
The regulations regarding the storage of petrol on farms have not changed. The new rules apply to existing diesel tanks as long as they are regularly maintained and are in good order. All new tanks over 2000 litres will have to have a compound.
For more information, click here to be taken to the relevant section of the ERMA website.