Rules you must follow for storing agricultural fuel oil, who’s responsible and when to notify the Environment Agency.
You must follow these rules if you both:
Other rules may apply if you store fuel oil:
Wherever fuel oil is stored on your land you’re responsible for taking precautions to prevent and contain spillages - for example by fitting an alarm to alert you to overfilling.
Where to store fuel oil
You can store fuel oil in one location or spread across your farm. It must be stored in a tank or drum that meets ISO 9000. (Check the manual that came with your tank or drum, or ask the manufacturer.)
No part of your installation can be within 10 metres of inland or coastal waters - including yard drains, dry ditches and land drains.
If tanks are underground, they must also follow the Defra Groundwater Protection Code.
A tank or drum must be surrounded by a secondary containment structure or ‘bund’.
The bund must:
If you buy a combined storage tank and bund system you must make sure it will meet the regulations when in use.
You must dispose of any waste fuel oil or mix of oil and water that collects in the bund without causing pollution.