Underground storage tanks or "USTs" represent one of the most common environmental issues facing business and industry today. A leak or discharge from even a small tank can cause severe soil and ground water contamination problems for the property owner, an obligation to report the discharge to your state environmental regulatory agency, and a cleanup liability that can run into many thousands of dollars.
Federal and state government agencies have mandated the closure, replacement, upgrading, and management of more than one million USTs. It is imperative that owners and operators of USTs assess both their future requirements for product storage capacity and their ability to comply with technical regulations for site assessment and cleanup.
In light of improved technology and better materials, all regulated tanks were to be upgraded to new standards by December 1998, as mandated by the USEPA.
All federally and state regulated tanks that continue in use must achieve compliance with release detection, corrosion protection, spill prevention, and overfill prevention requirements.
Tank closure is not as simple as just "yanking" the tank out of the ground. The procedure must comply with state and local Requirements covering everything from the preparation of a tank closure plan to assessing the impact of product discharges on soil and water quality.
Since 1986, laws regulating the installation and removal of USTs have helped to ensure a safer subsurface environment:
New tanks must meet specifications for leak detection, spill prevention, and corrosion protection
Tank contractors and environmental consultants must be certified Regulated tanks must be registered with the appropriate regulatory agency.
Tank removal and installation activities are supervised by state regulatory agencies
Federal Upgrade Requirements
In many instances, the installation of aboveground or underground storage tank systems that incorporate state of the art leak detection and spill prevention devices require engineering design and construction skills to compliment expertise in regulatory compliance. Our Civil Engineers and our environmental specialists work as a team so that we can handle all of your storage tank needs as one integrated turnkey project, incorporating tank closure, environmental investigation, regulatory compliance and the installation of new tank systems.