Underground Tank Abandonment

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Underground Tank Abandonment

An alternative to underground storage tank removal, is tank abandonment or closure in place.  To completely remove the tank is often the safest option. However, budgets and circumstances don’t always allow for this option. Tank abandonment can offer a cost effective solution.

Tank abandonment is when the UST is left in the ground and filled with a non-hazardous substance, such as sand. Prior to closure of the tank, soil sampling is performed to ensure there hasn’t been a leak.  Any soil contamination must be handled before tank abandonment can begin. The tank is then cleaned of all liquids, hazardous vapors and sludge. It is bad practice to fill an abandoned tank with water. Since metal tanks are prone to corrosion, this method only causes the tank to corrode faster.  Any metals or materials, absorbed in the water, held in the tank will leach into the soil.  That is why they are filled with sand to prevent a collapse of the tank. PMSI offers the safest technology and practices to keep your company and our environment safe from damage.

Petroleum Management Services works with Federal, State and Local regulations in regards to all of our tank services. To learn more about Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection regulations regarding Tank Abandonment, check out the DEP website here.

PMSI has been handling tank abandonment for over 20 years, our highly experienced technicians can walk you through the process and find an option that best fits your needs. Call us at 781-245-3305 for a consultation today.