Storage tanks, whether above ground or below, can be a substantial hurdle to overcome during construction. If left unattended, storage tanks can contaminate the nearby soil and cause serious ecological damage. Here at DT Specialized Services, our crews are trained and licensed to decommission and safely remove underground tanks before they cause issues on your commercial property. To help you understand our approach and process, here is some helpful information about underground storage tanks.
What is an Underground Storage Tank (UST)?
USTs are used to store highly regulated liquids such as gasoline, diesel, or heating oil. Government agencies like the EPA keep a close eye on USTs and how they are dealt with during construction and demolition. Owners of commercial properties need to understand these regulations and be careful to only work with qualified demolition contractors when decommissioning an underground storage tank.
Due to the contents stored in a UST, the possible contaminants that can happen after a leak are significant. The consequences can be so severer that there are federal, state, and local regulations for dealing with USTs. When a dangerous chemical gets into the soil, it can affect the vegetation, wildlife, and, in worst case scenarios, the drinking water. The cost and hassle to clean up a leak are far greater than the cost to just remove the tank correctly the first time.
How to Decommission a UST
Most states require a state-certified technician be on the job to properly decommission a tank. This will ensure all procedures and safety measures are followed. There is also a written notice that must be submitted to most state agencies before the decommissioning happens. A site assessment is also required to determine if any contamination is present. If contamination is found, clean up measures will need to be taken immediately.