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Does EGLE require that an environmental consulting firm meet certain standards to be qualified to investigate and clean up contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks?
At the time of a release, the owner/operator is responsible for the corrective actions mandated by Part 213, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks. Owners/operators are required to hire consultants that meet the qualifications in Section 21325 of Part 213 to perform corrective actions, and to submit specific reports required by the statute. Additional information can be found on EGLE’s Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program website.
What steps do I follow to properly close my residential heating oil tank?
In the event your heating oil tank is no longer used, the tank must be taken out of service and properly closed. Proper closure for both an aboveground storage tank (AST) and underground storage tank (UST) is defined as emptying the tank and related piping of heating oil. After the oil is drained, the tank must be properly cleaned to remove all vapors and residual oil. Once the AST has been emptied and cleaned and there is no evidence that the tank leaked, the tank is considered closed and can be removed. Additional information can be found in EGLE's Home Heating Oil Tanks brochure and on LARA's Home Heating Oil Tanks FAQ webpage.