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  • May 29, 2015: The Hazardous Waste Program inadvertently omitted Figures 2-1 and 2-2 from the October 17, 2013 Tanks RBCA guidance. This errata notice pertains to that omission.
  • Jan. 8 , 2014: The Hazardous Waste Program has created this document to explain the differences between the 2004 Risk-Based Corrective Action Process for Petroleum Storage Tanks guidance document and the 2013 update of the guidance.  The document is nearly comprehensive, excluding only a few minor, non-substantive grammatical corrections.  Questions regarding changes to the Tanks RBCA guidance document should be directed to Tim Chibnall of the Hazardous Waste Program.
  • Oct. 17, 2013: The Hazardous Waste Management Commission gave final approval to the department’s amendments of 10 CSR 26-2.062, 2.078, and 2.082 and the Risk-Based Corrective Action Process for Petroleum Storage Tanks guidance document updated in 2013.  The guidance update included changes to the Tier 1 Risk-Based Target Levels (RBTLs).  The rule amendments were necessary to, in part, incorporate the updated Tanks RBCA guidance into rule by reference.  The updated guidance is dated October 17, 2013.  The amended rules will become effective on February 28, 2014.
    • The department developed this document to explain which version of the Risk-Based Corrective Action Process for Petroleum Storage Tanks guidance document owners and operators and their consultants may use before and after the amended rules and updated guidance document become effective. 
  • Sept. 17, 2013: Under the risk-based corrective action, or RBCA, process, activity and use limitations, or AULs, may be used as part of a corrective action plan to address risks associated with a petroleum storage tank release. To promote consistency and efficiency in the application of AULs, the department has developed model activity and use limitations and one and two-party restrictive covenants. The model documents are available below under the heading “Activity and Use Limitations.”
  • June 3, 2011: The following pertains to the 2004 RBCA guidance, but not to the 2013 RBCA guidance.  The department issued an errata notice pertaining to the April 2005 version of Table 4-1, Soil Concentration Levels to Determine the Need for Groundwater Evaluation During Tank Closure, of the RBCA guidance. The notice concerns incorrect target levels in the table pertaining to TPH-GRO, TPH-DRO, C6-C8 Aliphatics, C8-C10 Aliphatics, C10-C12 Aliphatics and C12-C16 Aliphatics.
  • Nov. 6, 2009: The following pertains to the 2004 RBCA guidance; the conversion factor has been corrected in the 2013 RBCA guidance.  The department issued an errata notice pertaining to Appendix D of the January 2004 guidance. The notice concerns an incorrect conversion factor in the Appendix.

Activity and Use Limitations

  • Sections 6.9 and 11 of the Missouri Risk-Based Corrective Action, or MRBCA, Process for Petroleum Storage Tanks guidance document (both the 2004 and 2013 versions) allow for the use of activity and use limitations, or AULs, as part of a corrective action plan, or CAP, for a petroleum storage tank release. CAPs must be submitted to the department for review and approval.
  • The department evaluates each such proposal on a case-by-case basis to determine whether the proposed AUL is technically and legally sufficient to manage or eliminate unacceptable risk associated with a release. If the department approves the use of a restrictive covenant as part of a CAP, it must be properly recorded in the property’s chain of title before the department will issue a no further action letter for that release.
  • While the department prefers the use of two-party covenants signed by both the landowner and the department, other formats may be used. Please note that a two-party covenant would enable the department to ensure that future landowners comply with the restriction(s), which may reduce the risk of future noncompliance and may reduce the risk that further action may be needed in the future by the tank owner or operator from whose tanks the release occurred.
  • Model documents are provided here:

  • The department recommends that tank owners and operators who are considering using an AUL consult with an attorney.

Technical Guidance


Related Documents

Fact Sheets: MRBCA for Petroleum Storage Tank Sites

Reporting Forms - These forms are only applicable if the 2004 RBCA guidance is being used; they are not applicable when using the 2013 guidance.

Note: When opening the Tier 1 - 2 Excel files, a series of dialogues will be presented.
Click OK if "missing file" warnings appear, there are no missing files
Click Enable Macros when given the option. Several functions of the forms use macros.
Click No when asked to update links, there are no external links to update.

Note: The risk-based target levels that appear on forms Tier 1-12(1) through Tier 1-12(10) are not current and, therefore, the forms should not be used as part of a risk assessment report. Alternatively, forms Tier 2-2(1) through Tier 2-2(10) or a table or spreadsheet of your own construction may be used for Tier 1 reporting. To use the Tier 2-2 forms at Tier 1, enter both a representative concentration and a current, soil type dependent risk-based target level on the forms. Cross through the form number in the upper right corner and write in the corresponding Tier 1 form number (e.g., Tier 1-12(1)).