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Who regulates/inspects fuel pump facilities

  • 15-07-2019 9:58pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 201 ✭✭ touchdown77


    Can anyone guide me in finding out who regulates/inspects fuel pump facilities?

    Not just petrol stations but I'm thinking more like private fuel pumps located in garages, depots etc


    TIA


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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,904 ✭✭✭ DaCor


    Can anyone guide me in finding out who regulates/inspects fuel pump facilities?

    Not just petrol stations but I'm thinking more like private fuel pumps located in garages, depots etc


    TIA

    NSAI


  • Registered Users Posts: 201 ✭✭ touchdown77


    Yes the NSAI regulate the pump calibration etc but who regulates from an environmental aspect? e.g. that the entire installation is properly run, has proper pollution control infrastructure etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 93 ✭✭✭ irishfire


    Yes the NSAI regulate the pump calibration etc but who regulates from an environmental aspect? e.g. that the entire installation is properly run, has proper pollution control infrastructure etc

    Looks like someone is looking for the chance of a pound of flesh...

    NSAI regulate the pump measures and metrology of commercial premises (which hold an AFTL - Auto Fuel Traders License), these are also subject to ADR regs for delivery vehicles.

    In the case you describe the local fire authority grants licenses for the storage of over 15 litres of petrol on a premises (unless held in the tank of a vehicle).

    For diesel fuel or MGO (green diesel) there are no specific requirements as far as I know, the HSA only make specific guidance on petrol due to its flammability. This does not remove any of the environmental responsibility however and the need for proper segregation, storage and bunding on the site and appropriate spill catching measures, oil separators in surface water drains etc and a documented process for monitoring and maintaining all equipment, dealing with spills and so on.

    These things would be looked at by the relevant offices at the planning stage if it was specified in the applications that there was a provision for any kind of bulk fuel storage on the site.

    Local authority/EPA would investigate reports of environmental impact, such reports range from an oil slick in a river/drain to an observation of a leak on a premises


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