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OIL STORAGE TANKS - home
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HOME BUYERS GUIDE TO OIL TANKS
OIL SPILL CLEANUP / PREVENTION
OIL TANK ABANDONING PROCEDURE
OIL TANK INSPECTION & TROUBLESHOOTING
OIL TANK LEAKS & SMELLS
OIL TANK PIPING & PIPING DEFECTS
OIL TANK REGULATIONS
OIL TANK REMOVAL COs
OIL TANK SPILL CLEANUP / PREVENTION
OIL TANK LEAK TEST METHODS
OIL TANK TESTING & REMOVAL COs
OIL TANK WATER CONTAMINATION
Oil tank leak reporting laws & laws requiring reporting the presence of an oil storage tank:
Home heating oil bulk storage - petroleum oil storage tanks, regulations, issues, requirements for reporting the presence of an oil storage tank at a property.
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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.
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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 leaks.
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,
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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