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Bricked in oil storage tank above foundation in basement

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Bricked in oil storage tank above foundation in basement

I have a 1200 gallon oil storeage tank which hasn't been used in 35 years but has 300gallons of heating oil in it.  It is in a 5 unit building which I occupy.  The tank is enclosed behind an brick 5 foot wall and within the original foundation.  The space between has been filled with sand.  The tank is not buried, but rests on the concrete building foundation.  Are any special licenses or certifications required from the contractor removing the tank either before or after removal?
asked in Environmental by patrickm (120 points)
edited by darekrudy
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Hi Patrickm,

I'm sorry for a delay but I didn't have access to internet during the weekend.

The only thing I can suggest is contacting your local authorities for guidelines. The following is a statement from EPA.org website, full page  - http://www.epa.gov/oust/faqs/heatoil.htm

Are Heating Oil Tanks Regulated?

Tanks used for the storage of heating oil for consumptive use on the premises where stored are excluded from federal UST regulations. However, state or local regulatory agencies may regulate these tanks. You should contact your state or local regulatory agency for more information. EPA developed a flow chart, titled "Does my tank qualify for the heating oil tank exemption?" (PDF) (1 pg, 220K, About PDF), to aid you in determining whether your UST qualifies for the heating oil tank exemption.

Heating oil includes several grades of petroleum fuel oils: No. 1, No. 2, No. 4-light, No. 4-heavy, No. 5-light, No. 5-heavy, No. 6, Navy Special Fuel Oil, and Bunker C. No.2 diesel fuel and kerosene are not defined as heating oil, but are considered a substitute for heating oil when used for heating purposes only.

Consumptive use is not intended to be limited to heating purposes only: the definition extends to any on-site use including heating, generating emergency power, and generating steam, process heat, or electricity. The exclusion does not apply to tanks storing heating oil for resale.
The premises is not limited to the building where the heating oil is stored; it includes anywhere on the same property. Thus, centralized heating units using heating oil that serve more than one building on the same property would qualify for exclusion.


answered by darekrudy (21,730 points)