Question? Just ask us!
Free Encyclopedia of Building & Environmental Inspection, Testing, Diagnosis, Repair
InspectAPedia ® Home
OIL STORAGE TANKS
ABANDONING OIL TANKS
AGE of OIL TANK
ANODES & DIP TUBES on WATER HEATERS
BURIED OIL TANK (UST) GUIDE
BURIED OIL TANKS, FINDING
COMBUSTION PRODUCTS & IAQ
DEFINITION of HEATING & COOLING TERMS
DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-BOILER
DIAGNOSE & FIX HEATING PROBLEMS-FURNACE
DIRECTORY of OIL TANK EXPERTS
FILTERS, OIL on HEATING EQUIPMENT
FIRE SAFETY CONTROLS
FLOATING UP OIL STORAGE or SEPTIC TANKS
FLOODED HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR
FLOODED WATER HEATER REPAIR
FUEL OIL TYPES & CHARACTERISTICS
FUEL UNIT, HEATING OIL PUMPS
GALVANIC SCALE & METAL CORROSION
GAUGES ON HEATING EQUIPMENT
HEAT TAPES, Heat, Insulation prevent Freeze-Up
HEATING COST FUEL & BTU Cost Table
HEATING COST SAVINGS METHODS
HEATING OIL CLOUD WAX GEL POINT
HEATING OIL EXPOSURE HAZARDS, LIMITS
HEATING OIL - OLD, USEABLE?
HEATING OIL PIPING TROUBLES
HEATING OIL SHELF LIFE
HEATING OIL SLUDGE
HEATING OIL TANKS
HEATING OIL TYPES & PROPERTIES
HEATING OIL USAGE RATE
HEATING SYSTEM NOISES
HOME BUYERS GUIDE TO OIL TANKS
NOISE CONTROL for HEATING SYSTEMS
NOISES COMING FROM WATER HEATER
ODORS GASES SMELLS, DIAGNOSIS & CURE
ODORS FROM HEATING SYSTEMS
OIL FILTERS on HEATING EQUIPMENT
OIL FUEL TYPES & CHARACTERISTICS
OIL FILL PIPE LEAKS
OIL SPILL CLEANUP / PREVENTION
SOOT on OIL FIRED HEATING EQUIPMENT
STAIN DIAGNOSIS on BUILDING INTERIORS
THERMAL TRACKING & HEAT LOSS
VIDEO GUIDES: Heating System Videos
VIDEO GUIDES - InspectAPedia.com
WINTERIZE A BUILDING
This document outlines the basic rules for reporting oil tank leaks and abandoning oil tanks which are no longer to be used. It provides locates and summarizes oil tank abandonment guidelines providing oil tank regulations for all of the U.S. states and for several Canadian provinces, it provides state and national building or environmental code references for abandoning oil tanks including procedures for temporary abandonment and for handling of tanks when converting to other fuels.
In the U.S. some state regulations concerning underground or aboveground oil storage tanks can be a bit difficult to locate, or in a few cases they are nonexistent. This document collects all of them and includes brief summary comments about various state oil tank regulation programs. Researchers wanting to compare oil tank regulation and statistics across the U.S. will want to refer to this document.
We also provide links to programs offering financial aid to people lacking the means to pay for abandonment or removal of residential oil tanks both at a national and at state levels. [Programs offering such assistance are invited to contact us to add their information to this listing.
Green links show where you are. © Copyright 2014 InspectApedia.com, All Rights Reserved.
To skip our introductory text and go directly to your U.S. State Oil Tank Regulation & Environmental Agency Directory use the state links just below:
We've been collecting copies of environmental regulations regarding oil storage tanks for U.S. states and Canadian provinces since 1990. Regulations regarding identification, testing, and removal or abandonment of buried tanks vary widely from state to state in the U.S., Canada, and other countries.
In the U.S. many state DEP/DEC/DNR (Departments of Environmental Conservation or similar agencies) have programs for registering buried tanks at any site storing more than 1100 gallons of heating oil. The choice of 1,100 gallons was probably chosen by the states in order to exclude the largest common home heating oil storage tank size which is 1,000 gallons. Requirements for gas (auto fuel), or other fuels may be different. Eventually this concern may spread to smaller residential tanks. The concern is for leaks which contaminate the environment. Tanks located where they may leak into a local waterway or into the water supply are a special environmental concerns. (C)trap DJ Friedman.
Examples of oil tank leak reporting requirements and oil tank registration requirements are given here. Please see specific regulations by state or country for the details of your locale. Also in many states, such as New York in the U.S., local governments (such as Long Island in New York) may have enacted specific reporting laws for their region.
Reporting Oil Tanks and Oil Leaks in New York
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, which has regulations similar to those of most U.S. states, has a program requiring the registration of buried tanks at any site storing more than 1100 gallons of heating oil. Though specific reporting details may vary, most U.S. states have similar requirements. Requirements for gas (auto fuel), or other fuels may be different as well.
Oil Tank registration: The presence of a buried (or above ground) oil storage tank at a residential property does not need to be reported to the DEC provided the onsite storage volume is less than 1100 gallons.
Oil Storage Tank Leak Reporting:If a leak is detected at any fuel storage tank, it must be reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation within two hours. (State DEC telephone numbers are provided below in this document.) The concern is for leaks which contaminate the environment. Tanks located where they may leak into a local waterway or into the water supply are a special environmental concern.
Reporting Oil Tanks and Oil Leaks in Maryland
Using a second U.S. state, Maryland, as example, if soil or groundwater contamination is found during oil tank (or presumably any other) excavation, the contamination must be reported to Maryland Department of the Environment immediately upon discovery. Phone number: 410/631-3442 or after hours 410/974-3551. Maryland, like New York, requires that any residential heating oil storage tank greater than 1,100 gallons in capacity must be required to be registered with MDE. We add that the choice of 1,100 gallons was probably chosen by the states in order to exclude the largest common home heating oil storage tank size which is 1,000 gallons.
Heating oil tank regulations vary widely in other countries. According to Project Clean Oslofjord in Norway, "ninety per cent of the 13,000 buried oil tanks that are registered in Oslo are more than 20 years old, and 37% more than 40 years old. The danger of leakage is acute.
A new regulation from the Norwegian Ministry of environmental protection that requires maintenance checks of buried oil tanks applies initially only to tanks over 3,200 liters, namely half of the tanks. Calculations show that the total number of buried oil tanks in Oslo could be over 35,000. The Oslo local authority does not have any control with two thirds of these, because they are not registered."
For oil tanks within the regulated size range, since 1997 owners of such oil storage tanks must have the tanks checked at a frequency that depends on tank type: single- or double-bottomed steel tanks the first check is after 15 years. After the initial test, such tanks shall be checked every fifth year. For less leak-prone fiberglass tanks (glass fibre reinforced polyester) the tanks must be pressure-tested two years after burial, and afterwards at 30 years. [http://www.bellona.no/en/environmental_facts_and_info/status_and_field-reports/project_clean_oslofjord/12830.html - 4/25/2006]
This text summarizes oil tank abandonment regulations.
Abandonment (discontinued use) of buried oil or other storage tanks is regulated in most U.S. states as well as in other countries for safety, to avoid cave-ins, to avoid leaving flammable liquids at a site (a fire hazard), and also for environmental protection, to avoid leaving heating oil or other stored liquids in a container which may leak into and contaminate the environment, as well as to assure that if such a tank has already leaked, the leak will be discovered and properly cleaned-up.
The regulations require that oil storage tanks be removed, which leaves a large hole to be filled-in, or, provided there is no evidence of leakage, a buried oil storage tank can be filled in-place with a solid, inert material. Filling the tank also keeps the tank from floating up out of the ground in areas of rising water table. Tanks are filled with sand, concrete, or special foams.
Not only is the oil tank excavated, emptied, cleaned, and inspected for leaks, but also all fill and vent lines are removed from the tank.
Old oil lines between the tank and building may be left in place in some jurisdictions, but the lines are capped off.
In the U.S., federal commercial UST regulations require for sites where more than 1,100 gallons of fuel or heating oil were stored must also be checked for contamination.
Contact the Environmental or TSSA office in your province (Canada): [U.S. state regulations are listed below].
List of U.S. State Environmental Regulations & State Offices for Oil Tank and Oil Spill Regulation & Advice
Contact the DEC/DEP/DNR office in your state (U.S.)
U.S. State Oil Tank Regulation & Environmental Agency Directory*
Green link shows where you are in this article series.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
No FAQs have been posted for this page. Try the search box below or CONTACT US by email if you cannot find the answer you need at InspectApedia.
Questions & answers or comments about laws, regulations, and rules about oil storage tanks and oil tank leaks, repairs, testing
Use the "Click to Show or Hide FAQs" link just above to see recently-posted questions, comments, replies, try the search box just below, or if you prefer, post a question or comment in the Comments box below and we will respond promptly.
Search the InspectApedia website
HTML Comment Box is loading comments...
Technical Reviewers & References