Storage Tanks: Going Above Ground

by Thomas C. Wilson, ATC Environmental, Omaha, NE,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1994, Vol. 64, Issue 3, Pg. 59-61

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Until just a few years ago, the traditional replacement for a leaking underground storage tank was a new UST. But in September 1988, EPA finalized new regulations for UST systems containing petroleum products and certain hazardous substances. To comply, UST owners can easily spend from $10,000 to $200,000 (including site remediation) to remove an old UST and replace it with one that meets regulations. As a result many are turning to above-ground storage tanks. (The Steel Tank Institute reports that about one million ASTs are in use in the U.S.) This article discusses applications for ASTs, advantages and disadvantages, codes, design options, cost comparisons, safety issues, case studies and regulatory changes.

Subject Headings: Underground storage | Storage tanks | Regulations | Design | Environmental Protection Agency |

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