REPSG is happy to announce that Project Manager Mark Kuczynski has obtained certification for underground storage tank (UST) removal for the states of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Certified storage tank closure is one of the many services that REPSG provides. The first type of storage tank that REPSG services is an aboveground storage tank (AST) which is used for containing regulated substances that are either hazardous or are a petroleum product. Aboveground storage tanks are defined as having 10% or less of the tank volume underground. The other type of tank which is most relevant to this discussion is an underground storage tank (UST). An underground storage tank is different in the fact that only 10% or more of the volume has to be underground for it to be considered a UST. USTs must be registered, permitted, and have all associated fees paid in order to be in operation. It also must be installed, maintained, and operated in regards to standards set by governmental officials. When USTs are damaged or no longer necessary they need to be properly closed in place or removed. According to EPA data there are approximately 566,000 USTs nationwide. The biggest threat when USTs are not maintained is their potential to leak their contents into groundwater and the neighboring soil. Over a third of all Americans depend on groundwater as their main drinking supply. If the majority of these USTs are faulty or are not regulated properly, the potential outcome is severe to humans, wildlife, and the environment.
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania one must be certified in order to remove an underground storage tank. In order to become certified in New Jersey one must have a minimum of two years of experience performing closures with at least five closures within each of those years or nine months of experience participating in at least 25 closures within that nine month period. One must then also complete a 40-hour health and safety training course. In Pennsylvania one becomes certified by having two years of experience or a college degree and one year of technical training that includes at least six removals.
It is necessary for a company such as REPSG to have certified tank closure personnel for various reasons. There is clearly a financial benefit to having a certified individual in house instead of contracting another company. Mr. Kuczynski can schedule and provide his own estimates for jobs instead of working through a third party. However the most important reason is that when tricky or dangerous removals and cleanups arise REPSG field personnel will have a direct contact to help mediate the situation. This provides better communication and a smoother operation for all involved, client and company alike.
REPSG is here to help! If you need a UST or AST removal on your site please get in touch with us by commenting below or submitting an information request via our Contact section.
For more information on underground storage tanks please visit: http://www.epa.gov/ust
For more information on gaining UST closure certification for Pennsylvania please visit: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/025/chapter245/chap245toc.html
For more information on gaining UST closure certification for New Jersey please visit: http://nj.gov/dep/exams/ust.htm