Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC)
EPA guidelines referencing federal code requirements for containment, specifically in the oil and gas industry, employ “berms or dikes”. Dirt mounded up evenly around storage tanks is covered with bentonite, which expands and seals when wet.
Professional Engineers’ specifications are more commonly including a constructed wall with an internal liner for containment construction at new facilities. These locations include plants, refineries, tank farms, tank batteries, compressor or booster stations and agricultural applications. Why not continue with the older method? Berms are less expensive (in the short-run). Could tougher regulations be lurking? I honestly do not know.
Though berm heights and containment volumes are addressed, there’s nothing about ground penetration within the containment. The prospect of catastrophic spills happening with all the automation and daily check-ups by operators is low, but the question begs; what about the soil exposed to varying amounts of contamination over decades of use?
KOOL Foam utilizes a system that can easily remedy this for 100% containment: 1. Install a containment wall, special fabric, and a quick-cure coating, which bonds to many surfaces, such as tank supports, steel, concrete, etc. 2. Install by retro-fitting fabric and coating to upright wall systems and floors at existing locations. 3. Install fabric and coating overlays to existing berms and containment floors. In all 3 cases, fabric lays on rock, dirt, concrete, or sand containment floors.
Our current clients are choosing 100% containments in part because they know the expense to rectify contaminated locations might rival the initial cost incurred. Additionally, the environmental impact and public relations fiascos which ensue can be much costlier!
Call Wade Gentry, at 580-574-0495 for specifics or to visit your location for a consultation.