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Are you Ready for a Visit from the EPA?

Regulations around storing fuel in underground tank systems (UTS) are tough, and so are the penalties on operators when things go wrong.

As above-ground tanks become increasingly popular, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to apply similar rigorous controls to temporary and transportable storage as UTS. Here are some of the key things that will help you stay secure and compliant.

The EPA requires operators to protect their fuel storage against corrosion, spills and overfills and keep records of inspections and incidents. It’s quite common on an EPA visit to see them head for fuel storage first, particularly round tanks. Keeping the area around your tanks free from debris and vegetation will help you identify even small drips, and show safe, secure storage is taken seriously on your site.

It's quite common on an EPA visit to see them head for fuel storage first, particularly round tanks.

Fuel leaks are rare, but overfilling tanks or damage to dispensing equipment can cause spills. Our unique design makes them easy to spot. Double walled construction means they don’t need additional containment pans, and pumps and pipes sit securely away from the elements, reducing any risk of leaks. Ball valves, pumps and pipelines should be visually checked every week, and any rainwater or fuel drips in the containment area removed. (This is straightforward but requires appropriate PPE and the waste to be treated as hazardous). You should then check any firefighting equipment you have is in place – which also needs pressure checking twice a year. This simple maintenance schedule will help you keep EPA certified, while protecting the environment and your commercial reputation.

Customers across the US and Canada rely on our proven products to deliver safe storage and minimize environmental impact, often in the harshest settings. Our UL142 and DOT compliant tanks help contractors and fuel distributors maintain a secure supply of fuel on over 70,000 worksites every day. As the attention of the EPA turns to tanks of all shapes and sizes, we’re ready with solutions that will pass every inspection.

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