Soil and Ground Water Sampling in New Jersey - Oil Tank Removal Guidelines and Resources for NJ
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Soil and Ground Water Sampling in New Jersey

Posted on: March 9th, 2013 by Frank McGuire
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Oil tank Removal Ground Contamination In NJNew Jersey law doesn’t require oil tank removal, but tank abandonment should only be an option if soil and ground water sampling is done as a precaution. This procedure can be done before and after tank removal. The only situations that would make tank abandonment conceivable would be related to tank placement. This circumstance deals with oil tanks that are located in areas that would cause harm to your home or workplace if they were to be removed. Locations that would be examples of this are: underneath your basement or underneath newly renovated addition to your home or workplace. In these circumstances tank abandonment would be understood, but not every case of tank abandonment occurring in New Jersey is done under these conditions. Some people are just too busy to be bothered with tank removal. This excuse is not the preferred attitude for home owners, but if it exists than they must use soil and ground water sampling before or after removal.

Most environmental companies do not recommend oil tank abandonment even though it is legal in New Jersey. If available the option of tank removal should always be used. Since oil tanks dispersed underground can have detrimental effects on the environment, it is highly suggested that tank abandonment be rarely used and not the preferred method to rid yourself of your oil tank. In some cases oil tank abandonment can lead to property damage that requires financial loss for you.

In all circumstances where it is possible, oil tanks should simply be removed and replaced not left underground. Certain areas require by law that oil tank removal be obeyed, but New Jersey is not one of these environmentally conscious areas. If tank abandonment is going to be used then caution should be applied. Soil and ground water sampling should be done to ensure that no hazardous waste has been left from the tank after it has been thoroughly cleaned by an oil tank cleaning professional. Under no circumstance should you leave oil in the tank when you dispose of it underground.

Once the oil tank has been filled with sand a hole should be made for a specialist to ensure that its condition is safe and no holes are noticeable. If contamination is smelled then the tank should be removed and undergo further inspection and call a number for a spill company. These cautions must be taken because property resale is difficult and at times impossible if tank abandonment has occurred on your property. If your tank was abandoned, but precautions were taken to ensure safety, then property resale is possible and much easier.

Even though oil tanks left on properties is accepted in New Jersey it should not be done regularly. Only certain circumstances exist that make it a reasonable option. Oil tanks can be hazardous when abandoned and can also affect your property value. If you do opt for this method soil and ground water sampling should be done to ensure safety.

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