Tanknology Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The same year that the first nationwide EPA regulations governing underground fuel storage tanks were developed, a company was created to help oil companies and small independent gas station operators come to grips with what was required in the new law — and help them through the testing and upgrade programs 30 Year Anniversary Tanknology logonecessary to bring their facilities into compliance.

That was 1988, when Tanknology was formed with a mission to “Serve the evolving needs of fuel storage tank owners by providing the broadest range of testing, inspection and compliance management.”

Those initial 1988 regulations required leak detection for tanks and piping for the first time, in the form of monthly inventory control combined with annual tightness testing, and owners were required to demonstrate financial responsibility for their facilities. By 1998, UST's were required to be equipped with leak detection, spill & overfill protection and corrosion protection.

The new requirements were far-reaching. Too far, for many operators, as many facilities were simply taken out of business. EPA has reported that what began as a population exceeding 2 million tanks in 1988, became a little more than one-half million by 2017.

Tanknology's original mission to “serve the evolving needs of fuel storage tank owners” has never been more important than it is today, with tank operators facing a second major set of federal regulations from the EPA – with compliance deadlines beginning just a few months from now.

The new regulations include requirements for secondary containment on new and replaced fuel tanks and piping; approved operator training at facilities; periodic operational inspections and maintenance; and ensuring tank system compatibility before storing certain biofuel blends. EPA also removed the previous deferrals in the original regulations for emergency generator tanks, field constructed tanks and airport hydrant systems.

Allen Porter, Tanknology's President and CEO, said new regulations bring a requirement for new services to help customers achieve compliance.

“We pride ourselves on our ability to quickly develop solutions for the evolving regulatory needs of our clients,” Porter said. “This new round of federal regulations is no exception. As examples, we developed enhanced testing systems for spill buckets, efficient processes for sump testing, periodic inspection programs for tank sites, and compliance programs to help operators with the previously deferred tank sites such as emergency generators, all bring their systems into compliance with the new laws.”

Porter noted, “Compliance with these new requirements begins for many operators on October 13 of this year – which is not much time for many of them who must now comply with federal environmental regulations for the first time.”

Solutions for Evolving Needs

Reacting to the testing and inspection needs of the UST market has taken many different forms over Tanknology's 30 years in business.

This list goes on, Porter said.

“As this industry evolves, we continue to evolve with it.”

Tanknology has nearly 30 unique services focused on helping tank owners remain in compliance with myriads of federal, state and local regulations throughout the U.S. and in countries around the world.

“We are pleased to be in a position to help so many companies with their regulatory compliance programs,” Porter said, “many of them we have served throughout our 30 year history. As regulations continue to change and evolve, we plan to be right along side these clients, developing technological solutions and services to help keep them in compliance.”

Here’s a Look Back Through Our 30 Years
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