An Evaluation of Northwest States Underground Storage Tank Programs

Type of Culminating Activity

Graduate Student Project

Graduation Date


Degree Title

Master of Health Science, Environmental Health


Community Health

Major Advisor

Dale Stephenson


The single most important issue for underground storage tanks (UST's) is their potential to leak into soil and contaminate groundwater (US EPA, 2004a). Groundwater is the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans (US EPA, 2004a), and in Idaho, it is the drinking water source for nearly 95% of the state's population (IDEQ, 2001). A leaking UST can present other risks to health and the environment which include explosion and fire (US EPA, 2004a).

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