Fuel Tank Containment
Fuel trucks can pose environmental threats when refueling or providing fuel to site locations. Both can cause safety hazards in the event of a spill or leak. Basic Concepts’ spill berms provide users with fuel truck containment solutions while transferring fuel.
The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® is designed for heavy-duty equipment including fuel trucks and oil barrels. Fuel containment berms are designed to provide superior spill protection for vehicles when parked inside the berm. Patented technology allow vehicles to enter and exit the berm with ease. No assembly is required; simply position and drive equipment over it. The Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® offers heavy-duty construction for long-term spill containment situations. These containment berms are portable and offer durable construction.
The Rigid-Lock Quickberm Lite is perfect for emergency spills or preventing leaks when fueling trucks or other containers. Designed specifically for emergency spill response, the light weight berm can be thrown in work vehicles or carried by hand on the job site.
What Kinds of Spills and Leaks Can the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® Help With?
In any industry dealing with potential hazardous, toxic, or polluting materials, there is a risk of leaks and spills — especially when filling oil tanker containers or refueling.
Compatible with hydrocarbons (and a wide range of other chemicals), BCI’s single-piece construction spill berms offer peace of mind and durability that are ideal for preventing leaks and managing emergency spills. And, since the Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® has supports that are built into the walls themselves, therefore you get the maximum usable containment sump area and the smallest working footprint possible
Simply placing the container to be filled inside the berm before filling gives your worksite the secondary containment needed to keep workers safe and meet (and in some cases exceed) state and federal EPA guidelines.
When refueling vehicles or refilling tanks, using fuel containment berms can provide spill protection for equipment parked inside. The flexible, durable, PVC-coated geomembrane liner is designed and engineered to be driven on. Just lower the support and drive onto the berm surface.
How Leaks and Spills Impact People and the Environment
Mitigating risk to people and the environment is a major reason to make sure you have the right equipment on each job site.
According to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), workers exposed to oil spills may come in contact with “carcinogenic volatile aromatic compounds like benzene, toluene, and naphthalene.” These compounds can negatively affect the long-term health of workers that are exposed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration states that VOC related to oil spills are acutely toxic if inhaled and may cause cancer.
These effects are not just for workers in the oil and gas sector. Anyone refilling oil drums (or other containers), trucks, tankers, or other machinery can be affected by the dangers of spilled or leaking oil.
The environment can also be put at risk if oil or other job site materials are spilled or improperly stored. For example, the Environmental Protection Agency notes that while pesticides are a part of protecting food and crops, they can be poisonous “when not used and/or stored properly.”
EPA conducts and supervises investigation and cleanup actions at sites where oil or hazardous chemicals have been or may be released into the environment
What Are the Consequences of Not Using Berms and Spill Containment?
Aside from potential harm to people and the environment, several regulations mandate using secondary containment measures and other protective equipment. Regulations like the EPA’s Clean Water Act and Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) help keep the environment and people safe from exposure to toxic or hazardous materials. Each state is also able to regulate its own environmental standards for things like clean water.
According to the EPA, “Many of the nation’s environmental statutes contain both civil and criminal revisions to address pollution violations.”
Civil enforcement like fines or other kinds of penalties like clean-up programs can be used to correct violations or improve the environment where infractions occur. If a criminal case is brought and the defendant pleads guilty, they may face fines, restitution, or incarceration.
Running afoul of the federal or state EPA can be costly in both dollars and reputation.
In 2018, a Connecticut charter bus company was fined a $4,700 penalty and forced to address violations of regulations after the EPA found the bus company “did not have an adequate oil spill prevention control and countermeasure plan.”
That same year, the EPA fined a logging company in Maine after their “fuel delivery company overfilled an above-ground storage tank, causing a spill, which resulted in oil discharging into a nearby stream that flows into the Sandy River.”
The EPA notes that the logging company did not have the required Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure plan. The logging company “agreed to pay a $4,000 penalty and address violations of the Oil Pollution Prevention regulations of the Clean Water Act.”
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection also penalized both the logging company and the fuel provider for the same spill in a separate regulatory action, according to the EPA.
How Can Berms Help Me Avoid Fines and Enforcement?
Having appropriate spill prevention control and countermeasure plans is the first step toward avoiding action from regulators.
In many cases, the Basic Concepts Rigid-Lock QuickBerm® is a great tool to ensure you’re keeping your work site safe from spills and leaks. Since this product is designed to meet or exceed state and federal EPA regulation requirements (including the 40 CFR part 112 of the Clean Water Act and SPCC), properly deploying this on job sites is a simple, effective way to ensure compliance with environmental regulation, and its use can help avoid fines and other enforcement measures.