When you discontinue use of an underground oil storage tank (UST) or when the in-ground tank is found to be compromised, the tank should either removed or secured (technically called “tank abandonment”).
In-ground oil tank removal is much, much more than just digging a hole…
- Establish the precise location of the existing underground oil tank (UST)
- Establish location of potential nearby underground structures and utilities (leach field, sanitary sewer, storm drains, utilities, etc.) — We call BEFORE we dig!
- Obtain applicable town and state permits
- Install replacement oil tank (selected from among 23 alternative types and sizes offered by MTR) to ensure continuous burner service during the oil tank removal process.
- Remove any liquids and oily sludge remaining in the tank and recycle in accordance with EPA regulation
- Excavate the pit in which the oil tank resides, plug and seal oil lines and remove breather tube(s)
- For TANK REMOVAL the oil tank is hoisted to the surface and hauled from the work site for recycling in accordance with municipal, state and federal regulation.
- MTR will provide the homeowner with a Certificate of Disposal and soil analysis necessary for property sale or transfer.
- Take soil samples from the pit created by removal of the in-ground oil tank and send to certified laboratory to determine degree of soil contamination, if and
- When TANK ABANDONMENT is deemed appropriate, we follow the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Act) 30 Guideline as follows:
- A hole is cut in the tank and a member of the team enters the tank and scrubs thoroughly to remove any residual oil.
- Soil samples are acquired through holes, drilled from the inside, at each end of the base of the tank.
- These samples are analyzed by a certified laboratory, results of which may be used for closings or insurance purposes.
- The tank is then filled with slurry (pour-able fill)
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