Red Tag Program

Under this program, if the CT DEEP Commissioner determines that one or more of the following violations exist at a UST system, he may place a notice on or disable the system and require the tank contents to be pumped out until the violations are corrected: Deliveries to a "red tagged" UST are prohibited. Within two business days of red tagging a system, the CT DEEP Commissioner must provide the owner or operator of the system with an opportunity for a hearing. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is committed to complying with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Please contact if you are seeking a communication aid or service, have limited proficiency in English, or require some other accommodation.  If you wish to file an ADA or Title VI discrimination complaint, you may submit your complaint to Barbara Viadella or Cenit Mirabal, DEEP Office of Diversity and Equity at (860) 418-5910 or via email at  In order to facilitate efforts to provide an accommodation, please request all accommodations as soon as possible following notice of any agency hearing, meeting, program or event.  

A red tagged UST may not be put back into service until the violations have been corrected to the satisfaction of the CT DEEP Commissioner.   If within 24 hours after notifying the CT DEEP Commissioner that the violations have been corrected, the DEEP has not removed the red tags, the owner or operator may put the system back in operation, if they notify and submit an affidavit to the CT DEEP Commissioner indicating that all violations were corrected, and the steps that were taken to achieve compliance.

Content Last Updated November 2020