Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland

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  Storing waste or sewage

…inspect and maintain all storage vessels, storage areas and drainage infrastructure.

Plan to replace underground storage tanks without secondary containment with aboveground storage tanks that have suitable bunds.

Underground storage tanks without secondary containment… read more

  PPG 27: Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanks

For installing, removing and decommissioning all underground storage tanks (USTs), including those containing petroleum, diesel, fuel oil, aviation fuel, waste oil, domestic heating oil and other potentially polluting materials such as organic solvents.

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  Bulk chemical storage - Tanks and drums

…for bulk chemical stores

Maintain storage tanks, IBCs and underground tanks

You should:

  • ensure that your containers are in good condition and are strong enough to prevent bursts or leaks in normal use
  • inspect storage containers at least once a week - if you find… read more

  GPP 2: Above ground oil storage tanks - NEW for 2017

…of new or replacement tanks

  • compliance with legal requirements for existing tanks
  • current good practice
  • GPP 2: Above ground oil storage tanks (January… read more

      Oil storage

    …DOENI: Oil storage guidance for Northern Ireland SEPA: Oil storage regulations PPG 2: Above ground oil storage tanks PPG 21: Pollution incident response planning PPG 26 Safe storage - drums and intermediate bulk containers PPG 27 Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanksread more

      Chemical storage

    …removal of underground storage tanks (Adobe PDF – 96KB) CIRIA 736 - Containment systems for the prevention of pollution. Secondary, tertiary and other measures for industrial and commercial premises. Bulk chemical storage - Tanks and drums If you store chemicals in tanks, mobile bowsers,… read more

      Oil storage container requirements

    …oil storage tanks

    Make sure your storage tank has been type tested to a recognised standard and manufactured to an ISO 9001-compliant quality assurance scheme, for example:

    • polyethylene tanks should comply with OFS T100
    • steel tanksread more

      Fuelling & fuel storage

    …contain at least 110% of the volume of the largest storage container or 25% of the total volume you are likely to store, whichever is greater.

    Locate storage tanks as far away as possible from drains and watercourses.

    Inspect bunds and storage containers at least once a week. If you find… read more

      Oil storage environmental legislation

    …target="_blank">Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (Northern Ireland) Regulations SR 2010/412.Imposes general requirements for preventing pollution of waterways and groundwaters from oil storage, particularly fixed tanks or mobile bowsers. Makes contravention a criminal… read more

      Waste storage & transport

    …guideline (PPG) 2 contains guidance on bunding and storage.

    PPG 2 Above ground oil storage tanks (Adobe PDF - 276KB)

    Dealing with… read more

      Oil storage - Further information

    …(900mm) concrete bunds for oil storage tanks

    Environment Agency: How to build (1200mm) concrete bunds for oil storage tanks

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      Maintaining your oil storage equipment

    …water or sludge in your tank.

    You should receive a report about your tank which details any faults that must be fixed before you can continue to use your oil storage.

    Qualified technicians should be a member of a professional scheme for qualified tank installers, for example the… read more

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