If you’re in the business of demolition, deconstruction, or property rehabilitation, it’s important to be aware of the federal and state regulations concerning heating oil tanks. Tanks can be for many different grades of heating oil – ranging from numbers 1 through 6 and including both heavy and light designations. Diesel and kerosene are also considered a heating oil when used for that specific purpose. The use of the oil is not limited to heating only but all forms of power generation.
When undertaking a project involving heating oil tanks, it’s essential to contact your local or state environmental agency to obtain specific information about handling, removal, or repair. Failure to properly comply with regulations can result in fines, legal problems, and environmental destruction.
The EPA provides a flow chart to help determine if the heating oil tanks qualify for exemptions under federal guidelines. The main determining factors involve if the contents are consumed in the same place as they are stored and if the heating oil stored is used for fuel purposes. However, these guidelines do not override state and local laws, so it’s essential you fully understand what is required of both.
WasteCare Wants You to Remember: Heating oil tanks can degrade over time and cause significant environmental problems as the oil leeches into the ground and water systems. Be in the know about state and federal regulations so that your project is in full compliance!