What to Know About Underground Storage Tanks on Your Commercial Property

Both above ground and underground storage tanks can pose significant obstacles to construction and demolition. Even if you've just moved into a new commercial property with tanks present, it may be necessary to have them removed before they're allowed to contaminate soil or cause other issues. At Demolition Technologies, we have the properly trained and licensed staff to remove and decommission all types of storage tanks and vessels. Here's some good general information for you to know about underground storage tanks.

What are underground storage tanks (USTs)?

There are actually two parts of an underground storage tank. You have the tank itself, and underground piping connected to the tank. These tanks store regulated products like gasoline, diesel fuel, or heating oil. There are many regulations governing tanks on commercial sites and it's important for the site owner to educate themselves, or consult with certified professionals about how to stay compliant.

Potential for contamination from USTs

Federal, state, and even local regulations exist for USTs because of the potential for them to leak their hazardous products into the soil. This can cause environmental pollution, health and safety issues, and groundwater contamination. Regulations will vary based on the size of the tank, the material stored within, and the type of property that houses it. Possible leaks and contamination from USTs should be disclosed during any transaction involving the property and additional details will be available through a site assessment. No owner should ever inherit a property without proper knowledge of the tanks present and the possibilities of contamination known.

Closing and Decommissioning USTs

There are specific procedures and processes that must be followed in order to properly close or decommission a UST on a commercial site. In most areas, a state-certified technician is needed to perform the decommissioning and trained personnel must empty the tank of any liquids present. Additionally, many states require a written notice to be submitted before any UST is decommissioned. A site assessment is also often required to determine if any contamination is present. If contamination is found, clean up procedures will need to be taken immediately.If you have storage tanks on your property, call Demolition Technologies for help: 918-379-0966.