What do you do if you have a UST Spill?

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What do you do if you have a UST Spill?

Have you experienced a UST spill? Are you worried about what you will do if your UST does spill? T-Environmental has the answers.

An underground storage tank (UST) system consists of a tank, connected underground piping, and underground ancillary equipment that have at least 10 percent of the combined volume underground. Federal UST regulations apply only to UST systems used to store petroleum or hazardous substances. 

What do I do about a UST spill?  

Call your implementing agency to report a release, take immediate action to stop and contain it, and take these steps:

  • Report the release to the implementing agency within 24 hours if the petroleum spill was less than 25 gallons.
  • With the help of your fire department, remove explosive vapors and fire hazards, and handle contaminated soil properly so that they pose no hazard.
  • Remove from the UST system and begin to recover the leaked petroleum. Report your progress no more than 20 days after confirming a release to your implementing agency.
  • Investigate to determine if the release has damaged or might damage the environment, i.e. contamination both in soils and ground water. Submit a report to the regulatory authority regarding what you discovered and your plan to clean up the site. 

Based on your reports, the implementing agency will decide if you must take further action, such as submitting a Corrective Action Plan.

Can UST systems be repaired? 

Within 30 days of the repair, you must prove that the damaged tank and piping was repairedby either testing it against standard industry codes, using a monthly leak detection monitoring method, or using other methods approved by the regulatory authority.

Within 30 days of being repaired, spill, overfill prevention equipment, or containment sumps used for interstitial monitoring of piping must be tested or inspected. Secondary containment areas must also be checked for tightness. 

All tests and repairs must be done according to manufacturer’s instructions, a universally agreed upon code of practice, or requirements of the implementing agency. Keep records for all repairs.

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Ideally, it’s better not to have UST spill at all. T-Environmental provides oil tank removal to ensure that companies dealing with oil, gasoline and other hazardous substances avoid costly cleanups and environmental fines.

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