Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tank Trouble Tuesday

The sludge in your tank -- even after a tank cleaning -- can be dizzying! Check out the Texas tank below, following cleaning by a third party. 

As an alternative method -- that will be sure to verify if sludge is left behind -- our TankClean method utilizes our TankCam technology before, during, and after cleaning the tank. We only clean the parts that need to be cleaned, minimizing waste water, and provide you with the images to show you your actual tank conditions. 

Tank Trouble Tuesday

This Illinois fiberglass tank exhibited peeling on the tank top.
Visit our website to learn more about the applications of a TankCam inspection.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tank Trouble Tuesday

Corrosion in USTs is a hot topic, but do you know what it looks like?

This week's Tank Trouble Tuesday offers a view of corrosion on an ATG riser for a tank containing premium fuel.

Check out this early edition of Tank Trouble Tuesday for a view of a corroded riser from a ULSD tank. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Tank Trouble Tuesday

As every tank owner knows, underground storage tanks are major responsibilities. As the tanks age or change hands, UST owners may find it increasingly difficult to know the true conditions of their tanks.

TankCam visual inspections are the perfect tool to determining what's happening inside your tanks, including identifying ingresses, cracks, and deflection, as observed in a Hawaii tank. 

Friday, September 21, 2018

National Tanks Conference 2018

The 26th National Tanks Conference & Exposition, hosted by The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), was held on Sept. 11-13 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Federal and state regulators, manufacturers, environmental firms, fuel marketers, testing companies and industry associations attended the conference to learn what stakeholders are thinking about, what they are talking about and what may be ahead. Here are the highlights, as reported in the PEI TulsaLetter.

Sump Testing. State regulators continue to wrestle with sump testing options. The hydrostatic testing method recommended in PEI/RP1200: Recommended Practices for the Testing and Verification of Spill, Overfill, Leak Detection and Secondary Containment Equipment at UST Facilities and endorsed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the 2015 federal underground storage tank (UST) regulations is or will be recognized in most states. When alternative low-water-level test methods are allowed, they often are subject to requirements beyond those in the technical compendium accompanying the 2015 federal rule. New Mexico, for example, allows low-water-level testing in only limited circumstances. The PEI/RP1200 hydrostatic test must be used at the time of sump installation and on every fourth three-year inspection (i.e., every 12 years). States also are implementing penalties for owners and operators who inappropriately tamper with the sensor used in low-level sump testing.

Aging UST Systems. Regulators are growing more concerned about the risks associated with tanks that have reached the end of their 30-year warranty. Several regulators and industry professionals wanted to discuss a suggestion PEI made recently in the PEI Journal and the L.U.S.T.Line : that states should work together closely to compile and aggregate data on their UST systems. Comparable data on tank age, type and the frequency and source of failures nationwide would increase the industry’s understanding of the risks associated with older tanks—and encourage better strategies for reducing those risks.

Internal Corrosion. Every regulator reported increased internal corrosion in gasoline and diesel UST systems. One conference presenter emphasized how temperatures above 76 degrees can accelerate the bacterial growth that is behind most corrosion. Expect more studies on the correlation between temperature and corrosion.

Emergency Generator Day Tanks. These tanks are gaining greater regulatory attention as their numbers increase and their risks become more apparent. In many cases, day tanks have no secondary containment, no overfill protection, are filled automatically and lack adequate venting. PEI expects increased state regulation of day tanks in the future, including greater reliance on the procedures in PEI/RP1400: Recommended Practices for the Design and Installation of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tanknology at 30!

For 30 years, Tanknology has been the worldwide leader in UST tank testing and petroleum site compliance. Partner with us – and you'll soon understand why. #TanknologyAt30

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tank Trouble Tuesday

We utilized our TankCam to confirm a water ingress in an Illinois double-walled fiberglass tank by visually verifying drops of liquid falling from the manway around the STP shaft. 

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