Regulatory Update NCDEQ Changes in Acceptable Petroleum Limits

    On July 26, 2016 the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality UST Section announced that the State Action Levels for Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) had been changed. The previous TPH Action Limits of 10 mg/kg for hydrocarbons in both the gasoline range (GRO) and the diesel range (DRO) have been increased to 50 mg/kg for GRO and 100 mg/kg for DRO, respectively. TPH is defined as the concentration of petroleum fuel constituents present as carbon chains in the range of C6 through C35.

Letter from the President, Joe Beaman, PG, RSM


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