The Association of State and Territorial Sold Waste Management Officials or ASTSWMO recently published a report summarizing the most common UST violations in the US, which can be seen as a big help for those UST operators that want to avoid problems in the first place. The report combed though a staggering 32,000+ violations nationwide between 2010 and 2012. The report found the top three violation areas:
- 51% not keeping records.
- 19% not doing annual line tightness testing.
- 17% not doing monthly testing (sump sensors, electric line leak detectors, SIR).
- 9% not doing leak detector function testing (this seems low).
- 4% having equipment not functioning or installed correctly.
Take home lessons: It’s the piping. Keep your records and check your sumps.
- 41% having record keeping violations.
- 39% not doing the monthly 0.2 GPH test
- 13% not doing general release detection (not sure what this meant.)
- 7% having equipment not functioning or installed correctly.
Take home lessons: Just because you think you’re doing leak detection doesn’t mean you are. Keep your records and check your tank monitor.
#3: Spill Prevention (Spill buckets and overfill devices) were the third most likely place to have a violation, and, no surprises here:
- 64% of devices not functional.
- 34% not being cleaned and maintained (probably mostly spill buckets.)
- 2% not being tested (though this is not a national requirement yet.)
Take home lessons: Clean em, fix ’em, test ’em.
Here’s the complete report