SPCC Requirements for Transformers: 3 Questions to Ask

Substation transformer failures have the potential to release large amounts of oil, which can pollute the environment and damage plant and animal life. Any incident of this nature draws negative media coverage and results in costly cleanup operations. A power utility in Brooklyn experienced this… Read More

Why Wind Farms Need Secondary Spill Containment

By the end of 2018, the total installed capacity of wind power in the United States reached more than 96,000 MW. Wind power is now a major segment of the sustainable power sector with the ability to supply the needs of 24 million homes. Currently, there… Read More

How to Protect Solar Transformers from Unexpected Oil Spills

The United States solar industry is booming. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, it boasts an annual average growth rate of 59 percent over the last decade. Utility scale projects accounted for 59 percent of new solar installations in 2017, and should continue at… Read More

What is an Oil Solidifier?

Oil solidifiers, like BCI’s Oil Solidifying Polymers (formerly known as C.I.Agent), are composed of dry, high molecular weight polymers that have a porous matrix and large oleophilic (strong affinity for oil rather than water) surface area. Upon contact with oil, the oil solidifiers form a… Read More

One EVAC Filtration System Works Great, but How About 7?

An Illinois utility used the EVAC Filtration System to assist in the dewatering of vaults and manholes in the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The EVAC System uses state-of-the-art filtration technology to remove suspended solids and light sheen from water discharge operations. An Illinois utility… Read More

The Drivability of Secondary Oil Containment Systems

Customer Question: “Can we use your secondary oil containment systems even if we need to drive our maintenance trucks, equipment and vehicles into the containment area?” Answer: We hear this question often, generally regarding older substations that need to be retrofitted for secondary oil containment systems. Routine maintenance… Read More

Top 4 Spill Containment Berms for the Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry processes large volumes of flammable and hazardous materials. This industrial sector has stringent safety and environmental controls. But, incidents still occur. Refineries, drilling rigs, pipeline networks and dispensers must all be equipped and prepared to handle spills and releases. News… Read More

Top 3 Spill Containment Berms for Reducing Fertilizer Pollution

Fertilizers are an essential ingredient to successful agriculture. In soil, the right amount of fertilizer is healthy. But, too much fertilizer contaminates the environment. It has the potential to migrate into surface water damaging aquatic life. Water containing spilled fertilizer is unfit for human consumption.… Read More

Does Your Construction Worksite Need Spill Containment?

Managing spills on construction sites is difficult, especially in remote areas. Every site is, by nature, temporary and evolving. The EPA developed a planning guide to help construction companies understand applicable regulations. This resource also provides guidance on what they must do to comply. Managing spills… Read More

4 Spill Containment Berms for Military Use

The U.S. Armed Forces operate in extreme conditions like the remote landscapes of Afghanistan and the Middle East. They also respond to local threats, such as an anthrax scare in Washington D.C. As a federally-funded entity, the military is under constant public scrutiny. They cannot… Read More

Spill Containment Berms: How to Calculate the Correct Capacity

Secondary containment requirements are regulated by Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) rules. SPCC applies to facilities with a total aboveground oil storage capacity of greater than 1,320 U.S. gallons or 42,000 U.S. gallons of buried storage capacity. When making a site capacity assessment, include… Read More

6 Tips for Complying with SPCC Regulations

For centuries, humans contaminated drinking water with raw sewage, unaware that such actions were the source of diseases like cholera and typhoid. Large factories and manufacturing plants that exploded into the scene during the Industrial Revolution poured pollutants directly into rivers and streams, because it… Read More

Protect Workers with Temporary Noise Reduction Barriers
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Did you know that 22 million workers each year suffer damaged hearing due to noise pollution? The U.S. Department of Labor reports that companies paid penalties up to $1.5 million in a single year for not protecting their workers from noise. Hearing loss disability accounts for… Read More

Taking a Closer Look at Spill Containment Berms
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Oil spills spread rapidly, especially when they reach open water. A spill as small as one gallon of used motor oil contaminates one million gallons of fresh water. The environmental consequences of uncontained spills are horrific. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also imposes penalties for harming… Read More

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Basic Concepts has the ability to customize our products for many of your specific applications. Whatever your requirements, our custom solution will be durable enough for the most stringent spill control requirements. We are committed to providing the best solution for your needs. We will be happy to customize this or any other spill berm to satisfy any of your size requirements and applications.


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