Tanks and Spills
Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans
Do you have above ground oil storage tanks or containers and equipment that contains hydraulic or lubricating oils at your campus or offsite facility?
If you do, you may need a plan if:
- The total amount of oil is 1,320 gallons or more, and
- Due to their location they can reach waters of the US, which include wetlands.
All UAF campuses have already been been reviewed for applicability and plans prepared. However:
- If a change in the amount of oil stored occurs;
- Two oils spills of more than 42 gallons occur in a 12 month period; OR
- One spill of 1,000 gallons or more occurs
Oil Spill Prevention
Place your oil into secondary containment if it is in a container that is 55 gallons or greater. Containment can be:
- Double-walled tanks
- Sized Spill pallets
- Concrete secondary containment to hold the volume of the container plus annual precipitation
Container/Tank inspection is also a form of prevention. These items should be inspected monthly and if a problem with the container or containment is found (leaks, corrosion, inoperable gauging) it should be fixed as soon as possible.
Overfill protection: Tank gauging and spill buckets are normally used on double walled tanks to prevent overfill
If you have an oil spill of any size, it must be reported to EHSRM (474 5413). EHSRM will report to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation those spills that are reportable.
It is important to have on-site equipment to respond to oil spills:
- Absorbent pads for oils
- Paper towel
- Latex and non-latex gloves
- Oil Dri absorbent
- Containers for used absorbents and gloves