Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What are the steps for an oil spill cleanup?
- No two clean-ups are the same and will differ depending on individual circumstances. The steps described here are to help you better understand the general process:
- All proposals are done on a best-case scenario. (Tank is removed with no leaks or contamination.)
- Underground utilities are marked out, as required by law.
- Local and/or state permits are obtained, as required.
- Tank will be excavated, thoroughly cleaned, and inspected. Once inspected, tank will be recycled.
- If contamination is found at the time of removal, a DEP Case Number is assigned to the site.
- If applicable, in order to confirm the extent of contamination of soil or ground water, further testing is required.
- Once the extent of contamination is determined, remediation scenarios will be presented.
- Remediation is performed based on laboratory samples and field screening.
- Remediation, field screen and soil and/or ground water sampling are performed to prove clean excavation.
- Remediation Action Report is written and submitted to the State with proper fees in order to get a NFA (No Further Action) letter to close out the contaminated site.
- Will the State of NJ reimburse me for the tank removal?
- The State of NJ has funded some tank replacements in the past, but funding can be subject to availability. More information can be found HERE.
- I am switching over to natural gas, so can't I just drain the tank?
- The tank MUST be properly removed or abandoned by a licensed contractor. An unused tank that has not been handled in this manner will eventually leak, causing contamination.
- I just discovered that my tank is leaking. What will happen to the oil in the tank?
- Oil that is in the old tank cannot be transferred to the new tank as it will void the manufacturer's warranty. It is recommended, if possible, to burn up the balance of the oil in the old tank.
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