you are a owner of an underground oil tank, then a new regulation
applies to you.
require that all underground tanks be registered with the Technical
Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) by May 2, 2002 or fuel oil
will not be delivered to the tank.
tanks are very likely to leak. The leakage will contaminate soil
and groundwater, and as a result, is an expensive environmental
tanks are required to be upgraded with specific leak and spill prevention
equipment or removed. Upgrading requirements for underground tanks
depend on the age of the tank as indicated below:
(Years from Date of Installation)
or more or Unknown
October 1, 2007
October 1, 2008
October 1, 2009
Tanks that are
25 years and older, or unknown in age, and is not specially protected
from corrosion are required to be removed by October 1, 2006.
Tanks with a
storage capacity greater then 5,000 litres will need to be leak
are required to be removed and any contamination cleaned.
is an underground tank?
An underground oil tank is a container that is buried and
contains fuel oil to be used in appliances, such as furnaces and
boilers. Tanks that are in basements are not considered underground
can I tell if my underground tank is leaking?
Because they are buried, it is difficult to tell if the tank is
leaking. Some underground tanks may leak for years without the owners
realizing it. If your oil consumption suddenly goes up, your tank
may have a large leak.
do I do if my underground tank is leaking?
Call a TSSA registered fuel oil contractor to help you find and
stop the leak, and clean up any leaked fuel oil. You are also required
to call the Spills Action Centre of the Ministry of Environment
are TSSA Registered Contractors?
By law, all contractors working on fuel oil equipment such as underground
tanks are required to be registered with TSSA Persons repairing,
installing, removing and servicing fuel oil underground tanks are
also required to be trained and certified as a Petroleum Equipment
do I register my underground tank?
By completing the Underground Fuel Oil Application Form and returning
it to TSSA, at which time, your tank will become registered. A registration
number will be assigned to your tank that you can give to your fuel
distributor to ensure uninterrupted fuel supply.
do I remove my underground tank?
Underground tanks are required to be removed by a TSSA registered
fuel oil contractor. When you call a contractor, as for the TSSA
registration number. When an underground tank is removed, the soil
around the tank must be assessed for contamination and all contamination
have an underground tank that I am no longer using?
Once an underground tank stops being used, or where it hasn't been
used in two years, the underground tank is required to be removed
and all contaminated soil cleaned.
there any government funds for homeowners upgrading or removing
their underground tank? Unfortunately, there is not. Owners
of underground tanks are responsible for the costs of maintaining,
upgrading, removing and clean up of any soil contamination. Some
fuel suppliers my have special financing programs to help you in
replacing the underground tank with an aboveground tank.
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