Tanks and Spills

Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Plans

Do you have above ground oil storage tanks or containers and equipment that contains fuel oil, 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.

Although all UAF campuses have already been been reviewed for applicability and plans prepared, your spill plan may need an update if:

  • A change in the amount of oil stored occurs;
  • Two oil spills of more than 42 gallons occur in a 12 month period; OR
  • One spill of 1,000 gallons or more occurs


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Oil Spill Prevention

Place your oil filled containers into secondary containment if the container 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 tanks to prevent overfill.

Oil Spills

If you have an oil spill of any size, it must be reported to EHSRM (474-5413). EHSRM will report the spill to all regulatory agencies who require a report.

It is important to have on-site equipment to respond to oil spills:

  • Absorbent pads for oils
  • Brooms
  • Paper towel
  • Latex and non-latex gloves
  • Goggles
  • Oil Dri absorbent
  • Containers for used absorbents and gloves

Before you begin any clean-up, be sure it is safe to do so.

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