Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The inside story on field work performed for the EPA's recent study on Diesel UST Corrosion

The EPA's recent report on corrosion levels found in diesel underground storage tank (UST) systems has become a major topic of conversation and concern across the retail and commercial fueling markets.

Moderate-to-severe corrosion was found in 83 percent of UST systems containing Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD). Of the tanks exhibiting the corrosion, 75 percent of the owner/operators did not know it was happening.

Our team at Tanknology conducted the field work for this study, under the direction of Brad Hoffman, Tanknology's Vice President of R&D.

In the current issue of Fuel Marketer News, Brad describes the field work his team conducted for this project. The internal tank video images were captured using Tanknology's TankCam(TM) Remote Video Inspection Service. Brad said the images are unlike anything he's ever seen.

"I have been an engineer in the petroleum industry for my entire career, first with Exxon and for the last 23 years with Tanknology," Brad
said. "I have never in my life seen corrosion of this magnitude in a fueling system."

In the Fuel Marketer News article, Brad discusses the findings, what operators can do to investigate whether it's a problem -- and what they can do about it.

You can find that article here.

To see more images like you see here, which were captured during the survey, or learn more about the issue of corrosion in UST systems, visit the Diesel Corrosion page on our website, where you can also find a copy of the EPA's report and other helpful resources.

For more information about our TankCam remote video inspection service, or any of our tank inspection or testing services, visit our website or call us at 1-800-964-1250.

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