Underground Storage Tank Removal or UST Abandonment

Underground Storage Tank Removal or UST Abandonment

Underground storage tank removal is the technical process of excavating tanks from below the ground surface. This task involves precise excavation and environmental compliance. Furthermore, hazardous materials are generated and need to be transported and disposed of. Moreover, soil sampling, back-fill compaction and regulatory oversight are required to achieve closure. Every agency enforces strict standards for UST abandonment projects. A team of specialized contractors, geologists and engineers are required to achieve closure.

Excavation & Earthwork

Specialized excavators are required to remove underground tanks.  Additionally, crane operators and certified welders are utilized to safely extract the tanks from the subsurface. Moreover, field personnel have various state and local certifications to complete dig-out projects. All hazardous wastes are transported to appropriate disposal and treatment facilities.

Typical Procedure for Underground Storage Tank Removal Projects

The UST abandonment process includes the following procedures:

  • An application for Underground Storage Tank Removal including as-built plans and proposed excavation calculations.
  • An approved permit by the local regulatory agency.
  • Site specific health and safety plan.
  • Specialized earthwork construction meeting all OSHA standards.
  • Pre-demolition hazardous materials management and spill prevention.
  • Proper planning for hazardous waste disposal and EPA Certification.
  • Tank-hauling and truck-mounting for licensed transportation.
  • Soil sampling.
  • Laboratory analysis and environmental assessment report.
  • Certified soil back-filling and compaction testing.
  • Surface pavement.

Mandatory Environmental Testing

Agencies require soil sample analysis under USTs. Laboratory results are reported to determine the possibility of a leak. Remediation services are offered if contamination is apparent.  Furthermore, contaminated soil can be cleaned-up via impact source removal remediation.

Underground Storage Tank Removal or UST Removal in Los Angeles ©Marc Majcher

Underground Storage Tank Removal or UST Removal, Los Angeles


www.lafd.org CUPA
www.lafd.org Abandonment Guidelines

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