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Understanding Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks

PPM Simplifies
PPM Simplifies
Understanding Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks

In this special episode, PPM’s Annie McIlwain turns the tables on host Todd Perry, cofounder and Principal of PPM, interviewing him on the topic of release detection for underground Storage Tanks or USTs.

You’ll hear Todd talk with Annie about why release detections were instituted, the limits allowed by the EPA, different types of tanks and how to detect a release, and some of the problems and issues that both cause problems or are responsible for missed releases in tank systems.

Key Topics and Takeaways

  • The first release requirements were set by the EPA in 1988, and enhanced requirements have been made, most recently in 2015
  • We’re here to help our customers comply
  • Release detection functions to prevent lost inventory and protect the environment
  • Tank failure – dry vs. wet
  • Suction system release detection
  • The EPA’s limits on releases
  • Detecting releases and the major sources of problems
  • Problems that can cause releases or cause failures in detecting releases
  • Monthly walk-through inspections are important for the prevention of leaks
  • Advice from Todd – Employ best practices – Compliance, monthly walk-throughs, and the EPA document Must for USTs

Resources and Links

The “Must for USTs” Requirements


PPM Consultants Website


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