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Storage Tank Removal, Abandonment or Placing Temporarily Out of Service in New Jersey - 1988

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Underground Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids - Tank Removal, Abandonment or Placing Temporarily Out of Service in New Jersey - 1988 letter

State of New Jersey
Department of Community Affairs
Division of Codes and Standards
Construction Code Element
CN816
Trenton, NJ  08625-0816
609-530-8820

Date: January 1988
Subject: Underground Storage of Flammable and Combustible Liquids - Tank Removal, Abandonment or Placing Temporarily Out of Service
Reference: N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.6 and 2.32

  BOCA National Building Code/1987, Section 619.0

  BOCA National Fire Prevention Code/1987,
  Section F-2804.6

  National Fire Protection Association's
  Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code/1984
  (NFiPA30)

The Bureau of Construction Code Enforcement wants to clarify the Building and Fire Protection Subcode Official's responsibility relating to the underground storage of flammable and combustible liquids.
In accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-2-32 "Unsafe structures," underground flammable and combustible liquid storage tanks which have been abandoned or placed temporarily out of service and are considered unsafe are to be removed or made safe.
Building Subcode section 619.0, "Flammable and Combustible Liquids" is applicable to the construction and installation of storage systems containing these liquids.
However, neither the subcodes nor the regulations contain appropriate specific provisions for the placing temporarily out of service, abandonment or removal of tanks.
Therefore, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.6, the specifications and standards listed in each sub code or its appendix shall represent accepted engineering practice.
Appendix A of the Building Sub codes references the BOCA, National Fire Prevention Code/1987 (BOCA, F.P.C./1987) and the National Fire Protection Association's Flammable and Combustible Liquids Code/1984 (NFIPA 30/1984).
a)BOCA F.P.C/1987 - Section F-2804.6 contains requirements to remove, abandon, place temporarily out of service or otherwise dispose of any flammable or combustible liquid underground storage tank.
b)NFIPA 30/1984 - Additional guidance may be found in Appendix B, "Abandonment or Removal of Underground Tanks."
Although P-2804.6 was deleted from the State Uniform Fire Code at N.J.A.C. 5:18-3.2(a)28.vi, It still remains as a reference to the Building Subcode of the Uniform Construction Code. Therefore, enforcement of P-2804.6 remains within the jurisdiction of the Building and Fire Protection Subcode Officials.
DCA BULLETIN No. 88-3.
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