Residential Oil Tank Leak Reporting Requirements
Bulk Oil Storage Tanks - tank size & leak reporting requirements
OIL TANK LEAK & SIZE REPORTING - CONTENTS: What to do about onsite residential oil storage tanks, buried oil tanks (USTs) and above ground oil tanks (ASTs)Oil Tank Leak reporting requirements - the basics for home owners or oil tank inspectors; At what size must an oil storage tank be reported to state regulating authorities? Reporting oil tanks larger than 1100 gallons?
Reporting Requirements on the Discovery of Leaking Residential and Other Oil Storage Tanks
In this document, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation informs home inspectors of their reporting requirements when
an oil tank is observed to be leaking. T
his information was presented to the New York Metro ASHI Chapter Seminar (American Society of Home Inspectors)
in May, 1993 by
Jacqueline Sibblies, a chemical engineer with the NYS DEC Offered
a slide presentation on "Petroleum Bulk Storage" at the April
NY Metro ASHI Educational session. Edits and illustrations by InspectAPedia.com.
This article deals primarily with bulk fuel storage tanks that
are larger than 1,100 gallons. Such tanks fall under the NYS Petroleum
Bulk Storage Law. However, much of what was covered had implications
for home inspectors.
According to Ms. Sibblies, leaking petroleum storage tanks are a major
source of groundwater contamination. Fuel leaking from damaged tanks
can seep through the ground, get into an aquifer, and contaminate
a water supply, causing wells to be shut down.
The DEC estimates that there may be as many as 160,000 tanks in New
York State storing petroleum and subject to DEC regulations. Many
of these tanks were installed underground in the 1950's and 1960's,
and are bare steel. DEC authorities and other experts believe that
many have become weakened by rust and have a 50% chance of developing
When inspecting a house, if the tank is larger than 1,100 gallons,
the buyer should be advised that the DEC requires registration and
periodic testing of such tanks and their piping. Inspectors should
advise their clients that tank testing should be performed by the
present owner and results be made available to the buyers.
It is prudent to advise buyers to have even smaller tanks tested,
even though it is not a requirement. If there is room in the basement
or garage, it would be wise to recommend that the existing tank be
deactivated and a new tank be installed indoors.
If leakage is detected during a home inspection, it should be reported
within two hours to the DEC. The toll-free, Spill Hotline
number is 800-457-7362.
Free publications dealing with this topic are available from the DEC.
For a list of such publications call the NYS DEC help line at 800-242-4351.
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