Oil Tank Removal NJ Law; Avoid Lawsuits and Environment Contamination
Do you think that your current oil tank has outlived its usefulness and that you should move on to a new one? If the answer is yes, then there are some rules about safe oil tank removal and abandonment that you should familiarize with before embarking on the project. While most of these steps we might call as official procedures, they are important in ensuring that the entire process is done according to the book and if not there are people accountable for the mistakes done.
The first step would be to notify the regulatory authority, preferably a month before you close down your used storage tank. This will give them the chance to allocate personnel to monitor the entire process and ensure that it is done in the right procedure.
One important thing that you should take into consideration before abandoning an oil storage tank is whether it leaks or is intact. Leaking tanks should be reported to relevant authorities before a rigorous clean up procedure is launched to get rid of the contamination. On the other hand, tanks that are still intact are easier to abandon. All you need to do is either remove the tank or fill in the space it occupied according to oil tank removal NJ law.
The step of determining the level of contamination depends on the type of tank in question. The procedure gets more involving for underground tanks since you have to analyze the soil and clean it up until the contamination traces are below the acceptable standards. On the other hand, surface tanks are easier to manage since any leakages would have been detected before they do any actual harm to the surroundings.
In place oil tank abandonment is not that involving. The only technical thing about this approach is in the identification of possible leaks. If the tank passes the leak test, then you are cleared to continue with subsequent steps of the procedure. These are cleaning of the tank, final inspection and filling it up with soil and debris. Needless to say, this approach is only sensible for underground tanks.
Abandonment on the other hand would be out of choice (if you want to recycle the tank) or (if the tank has a leak). The initial preparation is pretty much the same apart from the fact that you have to invest in excavation for underground tanks and removal for both on above ground and underground installations.
Whatever oil storage abandonment approach you deem fit, you have to ensure you do the entire process legally. This might be quite involving to follow on your own. The best solution remains to be the hiring of a reputable contractor to do the job for you. Core Environmental Services are State certified and take on the entire responsibility knowing you can sit back and let the expert handle the task. Call us today for a free site inspection of your property.
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