How do you decommission an underground gas tank?

The typical underground storage tank removal process consists of the following steps:

  1. Notify State and Local Governments.
  2. Find a Licensed Contractor.
  3. Remove All Product From the Tanks.
  4. Inert the Tank.
  5. Tank is Cleaned and Removed.
  6. Prepare Tank for Disposal.
  7. Management of Contaminated Soils.
  8. Follow Sampling Protocol.

Can you fill an old oil tank with sand?

Petroleum storage tanks once cleaned can be filled with an inert material, such as sand, concrete slurry or foam. Once a tank is cut opened and cleaned it is technically no longer a tank as it can no longer securely store liquid contents.

How long do underground gas tanks last?

How long do underground tanks usually last? Underground storage tanks are supposed to last 30 to 40 years.

How much does it cost to install underground gas tanks?

The average cost to install an underground fuel tank to replace an existing tank is $250K, including the tank, piping, and associated equipment.

Is an underground oil tank a latent defect?

An inactive buried oil tank is considered to be a latent defect and therefore a listing agent must disclose its presence.

Why do you have to remove the soil around a gas tank?

Inerting the tank mitigates the risk of an explosive situation. The oxygen in the tank is displaced with another non-explosive gas, such as nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The soil around the tank must be removed to gain access to the top of the tank and any associated product lines or dispensers.

How is the underground storage tank removal process?

The typical underground storage tank removal process consists of the following steps: Notify State and Local Governments State and local governments must be given proper notification of the plan to remove the UST at least 30 days prior to any action.

How many underground storage tanks have EMS removed?

EMS has conducted hundreds of underground storage tank removals. Our professional geologists and engineers will ensure your property stays in compliance with intricate state requirements while mitigating the risk of future contamination throughout the entire underground storage tank removal process.

Where do you take a soil sample after a tank is removed?

State guidelines require that once the tank is removed, soil samples are collected from beneath the tank (or tanks), product delivery lines, and dispensers. Each state has specific guidelines for the number and location of samples, as well as analytical requirements. If there is groundwater in the excavation, water samples must also be collected.