Another common method for storing fuels at service stations is the use of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). Any AST holding petroleum products or used oil may be regulated under the Clean Water Act because releases can contaminate surface waters. Single tanks with an aboveground storage capacity of more than 1,320 gallons or combined aggregate storage in containers of 55 gallons or greater totaling more than 1,320 gallons are subject to the oil spill prevention, control and countermeasure regulations.1
There are 5 common practices that can aid you in handling your ASTs:
- Provide corrosion protection for ASTs and any buried piping. Options include elevating tanks, resting tanks on continuous concrete slabs, installing double-walled tanks, or cathodically protecting the tanks and piping.
- To prevent rainwater from filling containment areas, you may need to cover the tank with a roof structure.
- To prevent evaporative losses and moisture condensation, you may want to paint tanks a reflective color.
- Regularly check the dispenser hoses and piping for any leaks (a common problem).
- On-site staff should be trained to handle emergencies, such as leaks or explosions.
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1 Preventing Leaks and Spills at Service Stations [PDF]. (n.d.). San Francisco: US Environmental Protection Agency.