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New Jersey Regulations update following accidental discharge of fuel oil from tanks during conversion to natural gas
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: April 1, 1993 Subject: Abandonment-Heating Oil Tanks less than 2,001 gallons Reference: N.J.A.C. 5:23-3.14 Building Subcode Bulletins 88-3 and 91-4 BFPC/90 F-2806.11 It has recently come to the Department's attention that them have been several accidental discharges of fuel oil resulting from oil tanks that have been placed out of service. These incidents commonly occur when home-owners convert from oil to natural gas for their heating needs. The problems have centered around tanks that have not been removed and have been "forgotten about" and subsequently leaked due to corrosion. In other cases the tank has been removed but the fill pipe has been left in place. Fuel oil deliveries made to an incorrect address in these cases have resulted in fuel oil being pumped into the basement of the home. Previously in Bulletin 88-3, we indicated that abandoned oil tanks that had become unsafe were to be removed. In addition, section P-2906.11 requires any tank that has not been used for 90 days to be safeguarded. Although F-2906.11 allows 90 days to elapse before action in taken, in cases where conversions are performed it is clear that the abandonment is better performed during the conversion to ensure that safeguarding the tank will not be forgotten. Therefore, either the permit for the conversion, or a separate permit issued as a prerequisite to the permit for the conversion shall include safeguarding of the tank itself (see Bulletin 91-4 for proper abandonment procedures) and removing or permanently capping all and vent pipes associated with the tank. It may be noted that all work covered under the permit will be inspected upon completion without regard to the 90 days referenced in F-2806.11 for abandonment. The only exception to this would be where the home-owner can demonstrate that there will be a legitimate continued use of the tank after the conversion to natural gas or other fuel is completed. Such legitimate use would be the use of the tank to supply an oil appliance (i.e. oil fired hot water heater, oil burner to heat a garage, etc.), or the use of heating equipment that can use either fuel. In the case of [oil] tanks which will remain in place it should be noted that the fill caps on oil tanks am required to be painted green unless the fill pipe is fitted with fill-tightness systems and clearly marked with the words "FUEL OIL." Any tanks to remain in service shall meet these requirements in order to avoid accidental pouring of fuel oil into storm drains, sanitary drains, etc. #########
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