How do I determine whether my underground
storage tank should be removed or abandoned?
SREC recommends tank removal for all tanks that are
accessible with our equipment. If you are in the process of selling your home or
think that you may sell your home in the future, it is likely that you will be
required to remove the UST at some point. It is not cost effective to abandon a
tank only to remove it later. However, abandonment may be the only option if the
UST is inaccessible or if it removal compromises the structural integrity of a building.
Does a tank removal cost more than
a tank abandonment?
No, provided SREC can gain access with a small track excavator.
After signing a contract, how long will I have to wait before my job is started?
Typically, there is a two week wait period before a job can begin.
A minimum of five days is required in order to obtain utility markouts. All projects requiring
permits cannot begin until municipalities issue permits.
What is the average time frame
to complete a UST removal? Remediation?
A UST removal is typically completed in 4 to 5 hours.
The time frame to complete a remediation project depends on the extent of the contamination
impact and location of the impact.
Are permits necessary and, if so, who obtains them?
Permits are necessary for tank removals and tank installations.
Permits are not required for site investigations, site remediation, or testing.
If permits are required, the homeowner has the option of obtaining the permit themselves
or having SREC obtain the permit for them.
What happens to the oil in my UST?
The fuel oil left in an UST will be removed by a licensed
vacuum truck and disposed at a licensed liquid disposal facility. If a tank removal
is performed in conjunction with a tank installation, remaining clean fuel oil may
be transferred from the old tank into the new tank.
How do I prove that my UST has been removed,
and removed properly according to the State guidelines?
When the tank is removed, it is usually inspected by the town.
Additionally, SREC provides a tank certification booklet containing all necessary
paperwork to prove that the tank was removed according to NJDEP regulations.
Will my property be left as it is found?
The site of a tank removal or excavation will be left rough
graded and ready to be landscaped.
What is the protocol if my UST has leaked fuel oil into the soil?
The NJDEP will be notified if it is suspected that there has been a fuel oil release.
Soil samples will be collected to confirm the fuel oil release. If a fuel oil release is confirmed, a project
manager will discuss plans for site remediation with you.
How do I close out an open case with the NJDEP?
You will need to hire a licensed NJDEP approved environmental
contractor such as SREC to manage and perform the necessary site investigation/remediation.
In order to close out an open spill # with the NJDEP one must adhere to the
regulations as outlined in NJAC
7:26E regarding the Technical Requirements for Site Investigations/Remediations.
All investigations require some form of analytical sampling
to evaluate the specific site conditions. All analytical sampling is conducted
by an independent,
NJDEP certified laboratory. SREC’s experienced staff is fully licensed
in performing site investigations and remediations. Whatever your case
may be (remediation or investigation) SREC will identify and cost effectively
and efficiently solve your environmental concern. Once desirable analytical
results are achieved a Remedial Investigation/Action Report is one of the
requirements the NJDEP will need in order to close out your spill #.
report will be sent to the responsible party for the site to sign off
on and submit to the NJDEP for review. The review process for the NJDEP typically
is at least 3-6 months dependent upon their workload. Upon NJDEP’s
review of the report, a “No Further Action” is determined for
the site providing all regulatory responsibilities are met, which then
closes out the spill #.
What methods of payment do you accept?
SREC accepts checks, cash, money orders, VISA, MasterCard,
and American Express credit cards.