Remediating Leaking Underground Storage Tanks With Alternative Environmental Services


When determining the best course of action to remediate a leaking underground storage tank, many factors must be taken into consideration.  There are many alternative methods of remediating an environmental hazard in addition to oil tank removal.

When traditional oil tank removal and environmental methods do not provide a complete solution for sites affected by a tank discharge, certain environmental services companies may be able to offer turnkey solutions to accelerate project closure.

Additional environmental services for site remediation may include:

  • Demolition of structure - Make sure that the environmental services company you are working with includes lead and asbestos investigation, abatement and reporting for this service
  • Engineering Design and installation of structural support and helical pier system
  • Engineering Design and installation of structural steel support and underpinning system
  • Alternate (In-Situ) environmental soil and groundwater treatment system

Cost Effective Environmental Services

In-situ remediation is one of the newest and most cost effective alternate remediation methods and solutions. In situ remediation treats pollution “in place”, below the ground surface and without significant disturbance. Physical extraction, biologic activity, chemical modification, or other processes are employed to remove, degrade or stabilize pollutants in soil and groundwater. In many instances, this result is accomplished through the introduction of substances into the subsurface of a site.

Many environmental services companies recommend a traditional removal of underground oil tanks.  This is because underground tanks are likely to experience a discharge at some point or another and cause an environmental and public health hazard.  This is why many environmental services companies are proponents of natural gas heating.

If the tank is not going to be removed, there are steps property owners can take to reduce the likelihood of a discharge. Advance preparation is the only way to minimize the impact of a spill or leak on public and environmental health and safety.

Property owners should have a Discharge Prevention Plan in place that includes the following steps:

1) Notification that the spill or leak has occurred to designated emergency departments

2) Appropriate record keeping and documentation

3) Clean Up

Property owners that move forward with oil tank removal or other alternate remediation solutions should also be reminded that many states now require the use of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP).   LSRPs now oversee and approve site remediation work, as opposed to going through a state’s department of environmental protection.  The use of LSRPs helps environmental projects, including oil tank removal, to be completed faster.

About The Entech Group

Whether you choose to remove an oil tank from your property or go with an alternate method of remediation, ensure that the environmental services company you work with has an LSRP on staff so that you are always provided with one single source of communication. It will make the project and work flow transition from start to completion quickly and efficiently.

Whether it is a Brownfields redevelopment project, underground oil tank removal, material recovery facility design, or solar energy system design & installation, The Entech Group, Inc brings our New Jersey clients experienced engineering, environmental, and renewable energy services, as well as hands-on, knowledgeable construction management. We deliver project solutions that are realistic, fairly priced, and keep our clients’ best interests in mind.

Please call 866-709-5332 for more information.

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