Underground Storage Tank (UST) Removal Management
storage tanks (USTs) are used to store petroleum products for furnaces
as well as for fuel for motor vehicles. The presence of the petroleum
tanks usually comes to light during due diligence work associated with real estate transactions.
Often this news is greeted with a fair amount of anxiety for fear that
the tank may have leaked over the years and that the real estate deal
could be threatened by the presence of contaminants. It has been True
North's experience that this is not usually the case.
Environmental has conducted numerous UST closures (where the tank is
either filled or removed) in the Charlottesville and Albemarle County
area and throughout Central Virginia. Usually soil samples are
collected near the base of the tank and submitted to a laboratory for
analysis. If the results indicate that a leak has occurred, our clients
are informed and are advised as to the reporting requirements of the Virginia
Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund (VPSTF)
reimburses homeowners for state required cleanup, or remediation, of
any contamination associated with leaking underground storage tanks
(LUSTs). While the program does not make the experience any more
pleasant for those confronting LUSTs, it does provide substantial
financial relief for residential (as well as commercial) sites
significantly impacted by contaminants.
North Environmental will, under most situations, conduct the
required work via "assignment of the fund" from our clients. This
means that our clients will only be "out of pocket" in the amount
of $500 for residential cases and $5000 for commercial cases.
Please contact us to learn more about this program.
provided below can provide more information to Virginia's heating tank
regulations and programs: http://www.deq.state.va.us/tanks/homepage.html.
The series of photos on the right
hand side of the page are from a job completed by True North in
Charlottesville, Virginia. The upper photo shows a vacuum truck
removing residual liquid from the tank. A picture of the excavation pit
follows this photo after the tank was removed. Two soil samples were
collected from the base of the tank and submitted to a laboratory for
the appropriate analysis. In this particular instance (which is often
the case) the soil samples did not indicate the presence of hydrocarbon
The tank was
cut and cleaned and transported to a scrap yard for disposal (pictured
here) and the pit was filled with clean backfill and the surface area
was seeded and stabilized with straw. True North completed a report
that included photos, laboratory analysis and a description of field
activities. Documentation regarding tank removals/closures is very
important especially where property transactions occur.
True North Environmental if you have any questions or are in need of
consulting services associated with USTs.