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Frequently Asked Questions
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  • Is it a requirement to remove an underground fuel oil tank?
  • How is a tank properly abandoned?
  • What steps are necessary to remove an underground fuel oil tank?


  • Q. Is it a requirement to remove an underground fuel oil tank?
    A.
    If the tank is still being used you may continue to use it.

    If the tank is not being used then it must be removed and/or properly abandoned in place.


    Q. How is a tank properly abandoned?
    A.
    A tank is considered properly abandoned when ALL of the following steps have been completed.

    1. All product is removed from the tank and the tank is cleaned of sludge.

    2. All fill, vent, supply and returned lines are disconnected and capped off.

    3. The tank is filled with an inert material. Accepted mediums are Foam and Concrete Slurry. Sand is an accepted medium however the top of the tank must be removed in order to completely fill the tank void.

    4. The soil surrounding the tank including down to the bottom of tank must be sampled and analyzed by a reputable laboratory to confirm that the tank had never leaked.

    5. A drawing showing the location of the tank grave and some dimensions from a suitable landmark shall be made of the site.

    All of the above information shall be detailed on a report from the removal company and submitted on a company letterhead for filing. Date, address, name of property owner and size of the tank and any other pertinent information shall be included in the report. Attached to the report shall be the Lab analysis of the soil sample and the drawing of the site.


    Q. What steps are necessary to remove an underground fuel oil tank?
    A.
    Follow steps 4,5,&6 from abandonment procedures.

    NOTE: If the soil sample confirms that the tank had leaked and/or free product is discovered in the excavation then the Fire Marshal's office must be immediately contacted and the situation reported.


     
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