Leak Detection and Compliance For Underground Storage Tanks

By Caleigh Millette, Warren Rogers Associates, 2020

About leak detection and compliance:

Leak detection for Underground Storage Tanks (UST) plays a crucial role in preventing site contamination from spreading. Leaks are expensive to clean up and harmful to the environment. The EPA requires owners and operators to detect releases from their UST systems through a choice of three categories: interstitial, internal, and external. Any UST installed on or before April 11, 2016 must use one of these methods. Owners and operators that have installed or replaced UST since April 11, 2016 must use secondary containment with interstitial monitoring.

Two other EPA requirements include detecting a leak from any portion of the system (tank or piping) as well as installing and calibrating your system in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Most tank systems are obligated to undergo monthly monitoring (once every 30 days). You must be sure to properly maintain and operate your system over time to gain the full benefits of leak detection. For example, a faulty ATG system may read inaccurate data that makes it difficult to detect actual leaks. If there were a leak that went undetected due to faulty equipment, you may receive penalties for noncompliance as well as a costly cleanup.

How Warren Rogers can help:

Our understanding of Underground Storage Tanks (UST), water incursion, and environmental compliance is unmatched. We provide leak detection compliance that meets 30-day reporting requirements for complex retail fuel sites and active travel centers. Learn more here.

We also provide Continuous In-Tank Leak Detection (CITLDS) certification using multiple ATG systems with magnetostrictive tank probes for tanks and associated pipelines. The system reports a result of “pass” or “fail” and indicates minimum detectable leak and leak threshold for tanks and pipelines. This method applies to gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, fuel oil #4 and is primarily designed for petroleum fuels. Learn more here.

About Warren Rogers Associates

Founded in 1979 by Dr. Warren Rogers, Warren Rogers Associates pioneered the development of Statistical Inventory Reconciliation Analysis (SIRA) as a means of monitoring underground fuel tanks and associated lines. Warren Rogers later invented Continual Reconciliation Analysis for fuel management and has been at the forefront of developments and enhancements to this technology.

Today, Warren Rogers specializes in statistical analysis and precision fuel system diagnostics for the retail petroleum industry. The Warren Rogers system is fully deployed in the cloud to provide customers with real-time access to fueling data anytime and anyplace. Recent initiatives include alarm management capabilities and the deployment of a secure procurement application for delivery forecasting and product dispatch, the development of KPI Measures of the financial impact of tank system maintenance activities, and advanced delivery audit. In addition, all Warren Rogers solutions are PCI compliant and eliminate any reliance upon the use of a customer’s VPN for access to store devices. Warren Rogers holds numerous U.S., European and Canadian patents for these applications.  For more information, please visit www.warrenrogers.com and feel free to contact Tony Caputo, Director of Business Development, at tcaputo@warrenrogers.com, (M) 540-314-6210, for more information and scheduling a demonstration.

“Release Detection for Underground Storage Tanks (USTs).” Underground Storage Tanks (UST), Environmental Protection Agency, 10 Oct. 2019, www.epa.gov/ust/release-detection-underground-storage-tanks-usts.