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Above Ground Storage Tanks to Securely Hold Fuel, Petroleum, & Other Liquids
Fuel storage tanks are specifically designed for the bulk fuel storage of petroleum, ethanol, fuel oil and oil refuse. Sometimes called an above ground storage tank (AST) instead, these stainless steel fuel tanks absolutely must not let their contents escape into the environment and have numerous safeguards to prevent this from happening. Here’s a quick side note: if 10% of the tank or more is below surface, then it cannot be considered an above ground fuel tank.
On MyLittleSalesman.com, you'll find above ground fuel tanks with enough freeboard, diked areas, and capacity to meet your fuel storage demands while staying within environmental regulations. Whether you are looking to store fuel or waste products, nothing will escape with the right AST tank.
How to Choose the Right Above Ground Storage Tank
There are two types of AST tanks:
- Bulk Storage Container – Any tank with at least 55 gallons of oil is a bulk storage container. A 660-gallon tank or more must follow additional regulations as set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Bunkered Tank – A fuel storage tank with less than 10 percent of the overall structure submerged in earth, sand, gravel or other material.
Extra Protection Features – Whether voluntary or federally-mandated (depending on the total capacity), a steel fuel storage tank can have the following safety features:
- Double Wall – As the name suggests, a secondary wall can prevent the contents from escaping in case the first wall fails for whatever reason (usually a collapse).
- Dike System – A dike system is essentially an industrial basin with a much larger volume than the tank that can contain an oil spill.
An above ground fuel tank may have at least one of the following:
- Visual or audio alarms for detecting dangerously high liquid levels
- A cutoff device that will stop the pump once the liquid reaches high levels
- A live worker monitoring gauges, computers, or vital stats using TelePulse technology.
What to Check When Buying a Used Above Ground Fuel Tank
- Closely inspect the exterior for corrosion or leaks.
- Look closely for welds (almost always a deal breaker).
- If there is a dike system, check for any signs of oil accumulation.
- MLS does not give legal advice, but depending on the intended use, local and federal ordinances may call for special tests such as Magnetic Flux Leakage (which uses magnets to detect corrosion) or ultrasonic thickness measurements to check for weak points using soundwaves. Always check your area’s legal requirements before using an aboveground fuel tank for any purpose.
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