Two new guidance documents, one from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and one from a private, industry-funded non-profit, provide practical tips for maintaining underground storage tanks, minimizing fuel contamination, and maximizing fuel system cleanliness necessary for diesel equipment.
EPA's document, which is far more substantive, provides easy-to-understand descriptions of several release detection methods for tanks and piping, as well as explanations of the regulatory requirements for release detection. Release detection methods include: secondary containment with interstitial monitoring; automatic tank gauging; continuous in-tank leak detection; statistical inventory reconciliation; tank tightness testing with inventory control; manual tank gauging; groundwater monitoring; vapor monitoring; and release detection for underground piping.
Also, the Coordinating Research Council (CRC), a non-profit environmental and engineering research group funded by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and several automakers, has released a two-page guide that provides practical tips for maintaining underground storage tanks (USTs), minimizing fuel contamination, and maximizing fuel system cleanliness necessary for diesel equipment. According to CRC, "adopting these guidelines can help improve fuel quality, prolong equipment life, reduce corrosion and owner's operating expenses."
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