Underground Storage Tank Removal Service

Underground Storage Tank Removal Service

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The CommTank team provides underground storage tank (UST) removals, underground tank closures-in-place, and UST replacement services throughout New England.  For more than two decades, our area tank system experts have successfully removed thousands of USTs.

Home and business property owners use our tank removal service for tanks ranging from 500 to 30,000-gallons.

Information comparing service providers confirms there are more benefits to hiring an experienced underground tank removal contractor.

An underground tank system that is properly removed can expedite real estate property transactions and 21E Site Assessments, and remove the UST record from the state's database.

All of CommTank’s removal systems and processes follow Massachusetts 527 CMR 9.0 K for underground tank removals, and 310 CMR 40 for the assessment of soils around the tank. Our environmental technicians take a proper amount of samples from the excavation sidewalls and pit bottom. Other areas surrounding removed piping are also sampled.  Soil analysis by a lab can be provided if needed.  All waste generated during removal is properly disposed of using a hazardous waste manifest. Our people provide a detailed tank closure report and submit a UST FP-290R form to the state and fire department to ensure that the tank is on record as removed.

Information About Our Safe UST Removal System

Our number one priority is safety when removing underground storage tanks.

  • Our team is trained in OSHA Hazwoper and Confined Space Entry
  • We provide information to the local area fire department in advance of every job
  • We prepare confined space entry permits and health and safety plans
  • We manage Dig-safe areas for the project
  • We ensure that all fuel and chemical vapors are properly displaced before cutting and entering a tank

CommTank’s UST Closure-in-place Systems

We also provide UST closure-in-place services on the rare occasion that the building, walkways, utilities, or other structures on site would be at risk of damage. After performing a site visit, your project manager will assess the costs, risks, and recommend the best approach. When a tank-closure-in-place is required, a structural engineer will provide a written recommendation, and submit it to the fire department for approval. We offer underground tank replacement services in situations where space required for installing an aboveground tank is limited. Setbacks defined by fire safety codes for gasoline tanks, limited parking, or minimal site footprints are examples of circumstances that would justify the replacement of an underground tank with a new one. Please see our UST Installation page for installation requirements and our products area for tank specifications.

CommTank is your source for reasonable pricing and professional service. We maintain excellent working relationships with licensed site professionals (LSPs) that will oversee your project if needed, and partners in the construction industry to assist with structural repair. Protecting your property’s appearance is important to us and we promise to completely restore the site to its original condition.


Single-Wall Underground Tank Removal Requirements

According to Massachusetts 310 CMR 80.15, all single-walled steel tanks must have been closed in place or removed by August 7, 2017. Consumptive use tanks were the exception, as well as tanks that were relined prior to August 2007 with a valid warranty. MassDEP did not require single-walled steel tanks wrapped with fiberglass/aramid, carbon fiber, and plastic compounds to be removed by August 7, 2017. They are not considered single-wall underground tanks by the MassDEP.

New Hampshire required that all single-wall steel underground tanks be removed by December 22, 2015, to be in compliance with the New Hampshire Code of Administrative Rule Env-Or 401. Any part of an existing single-wall UST system that contains a regulated substance and does not have secondary containment and leak monitoring must be removed. Vent piping is the only exception to this requirement.

For examples of our work please see the underground tank removal projects section of our website.

Contact CommTank today for expert underground storage tank removals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire: 1-800-628-8260