Oil Operations

Why is GSFC concerned with oil operations?

Most of the regulations for storage tanks containing petroleum were developed to protect people and water resources. The State of Maryland lies within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Because of topography, rainwater flows from higher elevations toward the Bay, potentially picking up contaminants along the way. Spills and other harmful activities could impact the Bay if not properly managed.

GSFC owns more than 30 Aboveground Storage Tanks (AST) of petroleum products throughout the Center. Because of the total volume of fuel stored in our ASTs, GSFC is required to hold an Oil Operations Permit issued by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). The permit includes regulatory requirements for the management and storage of the petroleum and non-petroleum products stored on site. The permit requires GSFC to:

  • Implement engineering controls.
  • Conduct regular inspections.
  • Develop emergency spill procedures.
  • Provide training for oil handlers.

​GSFC's permit lists regulatory requirements and conditions to be met by tank operators. These requirements and responsibilities are outlined in the GSFC Greenbelt Integrated Contingency Plan (ICP). In addition, all containers onsite with a storage capacity of 55 gallons or more storing petroleum and non-petroleum oils must be managed in accordance with the GSFC ICP. See the FAQ page for a summary of the ICP requirements. Contact the MEMD Oil Operations Manager at 6-6741 for access to the ICP, if you use, store and/or transfer oil or supervise oil handlers in your organization.


Program Contacts

Lori Levine 301-286-6741 -- Oil Operations / Tank programs