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Safely Storing Oil in Above-ground Tanks

Graham Marshall - Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The UK Environment Agency has produced a Pollution Prevention Guide (PPG-02) which advices on how to store oil safely in above ground oil storage tanks and comply with UK regulations.

The PPG is specifically written for domestic, and small or medium sized enterprizes (SMEs) involved in commercial oil storage and it excludes oil refineries and larger distribution depots.
Applying the pollution prevention guidelines will help domestic homeowners and SMEs comply with the requirements of the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations (2001), the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010, and the Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations (2006).

They will assist owners of above ground oil storage tanks to maintain them safely and to minimize the risk of causing pollution.

They’re good practice advice for tank owners and users but may also be of use to others who store oil.

The PPG-02 on oil storage addresses the following issues:

•  Installation of new or replacement tanks;

•  Compliance with legal requirements for existing tanks; and

•  Current good practice for managing oil storage tanks.

A free copy of the Pollution Prevention Guide is available by clicking here.

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