Heating oil tanks are containers that hold oil (diesel #2) to heat homes or buildings; however, they have many negatives and should therefore be decommissioned in place or removed altogether. Not only can they pollute the soil around the tank, but they can contaminate groundwater and pose a fire or explosion hazard. This is caused by tanks that are underground for too long and start to corrode.
Alpha Environmental, based in Portland, Oregon and serving surrounding areas, has become a go-to when it comes to heating oil tank decommissioning, investigation, assessment, decommissioning and cleanup proven by on-call service contracts with the City of Portland and Trimet, as well as for many developers, real estate agents, and professionals in the industry. We are an Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) licensed Heating Oil Tank (HOT) Service Provider.
Oil Tank Cleanup Options
If an issue is found when inspecting the heating oil tank, there are multiple tank cleanup methods that Alpha Environmental utilizes:
- Soil Matrix Cleanups – This process often removes most of, if not all, of the contaminated soil at a heating oil tank cleanup site or covers low impact closures where limited contamination is present.
- Risk-Based Decision Making Cleanups – This process potentially allows closure with some of the contamination on a property if it can be proven by DEQ regulations that leaving the pollution from the heating oil tank will not impact human or environmental health. These types of tank cleanups are often used when removing contamination would impact structures or when costs are too high or cannot successfully remove all contamination.
- General Remedy Cleanup – a limited risk assessment closure for lower risk sites.
Underground Storage Tank Services
Since 1995, Alpha Environmental has provided services on all phases of Underground Storage Tanks (UST) in Portland, Oregon and the State of Oregon and have successfully closed every project we have been contracted for.
Our Underground Storage Tank services include:
- tank investigation
- tank removals
- risk assessments
- soil-gas assessment
- groundwater assessments and beneficial water use studies
“We guarantee we can get your site closed. Alpha has successfully decommissioned or cleaned up over 9,000 UST projects. We have one of the very best, most effective tank departments in the country. Our challenge is not successfully cleaning up a site, but what’s the most efficient, timely and cost effective approach.” — Phil Brewer – President, Alpha Environmental Services, Inc
Underground Storage Tank Investigation and Assessment
There are estimated hundreds of thousands of underground storage tanks are located in the United States, many of which contain corrosion fuels or hazardous materials. Due to metal composition, earthquakes, erosion, or other geotechnical impacts, these tanks could contaminate local ground water, soil, or inhaled air, which is why it is important to know if there have an underground storage tank on a residential, commercial, or industrial property.
Alpha Environmental performs very thorough underground storage tank investigations using a Schonstedt magnetic locator, line-tracing and visual evidence. We also have a number of databases with underground storage tank documentation.
Once a tank is located, we proceed with an assessment of the tank to find if there are issues from the tank resulting in contamination of nearby soil. Depending on the finding of the assessment, remediation & decommissioning tasks are completed accordingly.
Underground Storage Tank Cleanup
If the tank assessment locates contamination in the soil where the underground storage tank had leaked, Alpha Environmental will provide a thorough cleanup to address and remove the problem. We will work in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Quality to achieve a successful cleanup. Together, we will determine the most affordable and effective tasks to address the problem.
Because costs and scope can vary greatly, choosing a company like Alpha Environmental which has significant experience in project management and tank cleanup is highly recommended so every item can be addressed.
If you think you have an underground storage tank on your property, or you have one and need it decommissioned, call Alpha Environmental at 503-292-5346 to get more information.