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What Is an Underground Storage Tank (UST)?

Large tank for gasoline in the excavated quarry for storage of petroleum products.

When it comes to fuel storage, underground storage tanks (USTs) play a crucial role in countless locations across the country, offering convenient ways to store and deliver gasoline, oil, industrial chemicals, and other liquids without taking up valuable real estate surface or creating risks of explosions and other aboveground hazards. Because of the potential for a UST to contaminate soil or groundwater, however, USTs come under strict governmental controls for environmental safety and regulatory compliance. Below, Herbert Lutz & Company, a leader in the installation, removal, and servicing of USTs in New Jersey and Florida, sheds light on the importance and functionality of these essential systems.

Understanding USTs

An underground storage tank (UST) is a tank and any underground piping connected to the tank that has at least 10 percent of its combined volume underground. USTs are commonly used to store petroleum products, such as gasoline and diesel fuel, and are widely utilized at gas stations, industrial facilities, and commercial properties.

USTs are integral to modern infrastructure, providing a safe and efficient way to store large volumes of fuel and other hazardous substances. By placing these tanks underground, the risk of fire, explosion, and contamination is significantly reduced. Additionally, USTs help preserve valuable land space and maintain aesthetic appeal by keeping bulky storage systems out of sight.

Regulatory Compliance

Both New Jersey and Florida have stringent regulations governing the installation, operation, and maintenance of USTs. These regulations are designed to prevent leaks and spills, which can contaminate soil and groundwater, posing serious environmental and health risks. Compliance with state and federal regulations is crucial for UST owners and operators to avoid hefty fines and legal liabilities.

Services Offered by Herbert Lutz & Company

Herbert Lutz & Company specializes in a comprehensive range of UST services to ensure that your tanks are installed, maintained, and removed according to the highest industry standards. Our services include:

  • Installation: We provide professional installation of USTs, ensuring that they are properly placed and meet all regulatory requirements.

  • Removal: When a UST is no longer needed or has reached the end of its service life, we offer safe and efficient removal services to minimize environmental impact.

  • Servicing: Regular maintenance and inspection are vital to the longevity and safety of USTs. Our team offers expert servicing to keep your tanks in optimal condition. From lining and coating existing tanks to compliance testing and decommissioning, we can help keep you on the good side of NJDEP in New Jersey or FDEP in Florida.

For help with the installation, maintenance, or removal of underground storage tanks on your property, contact Lutz Petroleum Equipment Installation in Florida at 954-971-5222 or Herbert Lutz Co., Inc. in New Jersey at 908-862-8888. With our expertise, you can ensure that your USTs are compliant, safe, and functioning effectively. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Herbert Lutz & Company today.

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