You can save money choosing an above ground storage tank to house large quantities of hazardous substances that your company handles regularly. The tanks can be less expensive than underground storage tanks, and installation is far less costly. But there are still important responsibilities that come with an above ground storage tank, especially the need to take every precaution against spills and leaks.
It’s not just a matter of paying your fees and complying with regulatory requirements. Environmental and public health and safety are at stake. If your above ground storage tank leaks, or you cause a spill, that could cause widespread damage and lingering concern.
You’ll get to fill out a lot of paperwork, and you’ll probably have to pay a fine. You might even be officially “upgraded” to receive more intensive ongoing scrutiny. You’ll have to prepare and implement a remediation plan, unless you’re very lucky and your leakage is considered only “incidental” by officials. Remediation can be very expensive.
You’ll have to pay for repairs or even total replacement of your tank and its associated piping and fittings. Meanwhile, your business will suffer from lost productivity. You could even lose sales.
A significant spill or leak will undoubtedly garner you the kind of publicity you do not want. That will be another distraction from your work, and it can permanently damage your reputation.
Especially when you can prevent every one of these problems by putting proper safety and containment procedures in place. And following them. Now is a good time to review how you’re handling your above ground storage tank. Ask yourself these questions:
You can employ the services of a professional environmental consultant to help review your health and safety precautions and procedures, to ensure your above ground storage tank system is in good shape and that you’ve taken every reasonable step to keep it that way.
And if an accident does happen and you experience a spill or leak after all, your consultant can help you determine the fastest, most effective and most cost-effective remediation plan.
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