Heating Oil Tank Removal
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.