National Archives Fuel Leak Alarm

The National Archives at Boston is located at the Frederick C. Murphy Federal Center. The facility houses three departments of the National Archives and Records Administration and encompasses approximately 125,000 square feet of space, including 115,000 square feet of warehouse space. It can accommodate approximately 620,000 cubic feet of records storage. The property management company that services the National Archives called CommTank because an alarm was indicating a Veeder Root TLS-250 fuel leak.

A project manager from CommTank went to investigate the alarm call and discovered leaking fuel had collected in a containment sump inside the building. The 10,000-gallon underground storage tank supplied fuel to the emergency backup generator and also connected to a boiler in the buildings basement. The customer was notified of the fuel leak and we recommended testing the fuel lines to determine the source. Our first step was to take soil samples around the tank and fuel lines. Then we emptied the fuel lines and conducted a pressure test. A leak was found in the supply line and we replaced the faulty fitting.

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