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New York Oil Tank Removal

Navigating state, county & local laws is difficult.

The state of New York does not regulate or have special requirements for tanks that are 1,100 gallons or less.   Since a typical homeowner's tank is 1,000 gallons or less, there is no need to register the tank with the state or county.

Westchester , Nassau & Suffolk Counties have special requirements.

  • The Department of Health in each of the counties has jurisdiction over underground tanks.

Nassau County specific requirements:

  • Notify Nassau County Health Department at least 7 days prior to abandonment.
  • Homeowners must attest that to the best of their knowledge, the oil tank is not leaking.  The attestation form is called "Bureau of Environmental Protection of Non-Leaking Tank" and is available at your town.
  • Pay a fee, approximately $35.00 to record the abandonment of the tank.   If the tank is being removed, a $65.00 fee is required.
  • Empty the fuel from the tank and all associated piping.
  • The vent and all fill pipes must be cut or removed permanently below grade.  The lines must be capped or filled with sand or petro-fill foam.
  • If the tank is removed, the remains must be disposed in a licensed facility.

Suffolk & Westchester:  These counties have similar requirements and a homeowner should contact their local health department for details.

Home buyers: A person buying a home may want to test the soil or hire a tank testing company.   This would help determine the condition of the oil tank prior to taking possession of the property.   In Long Island, homeowners often resist allowing buyers to inspect the tank prior to the purchase.   If you are in this situation, please contact us and speak to one of our experienced representatives.  They can give you some great tips on how to handle the situation.

Oil Tank Replacement.  If you are replacing an oil tank with an above ground tank, you have 2 options.  The new tank can be located inside the home or outside in a covered container.   If you are installing another underground tank, you should check with your local town to see what requirements are necessary.  For example, the town may only allow tanks in the ground that have cathodic protection systems which prevent the tank from rusting.

We can make it easy to navigate these requirements

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POSTED BY admin ON March 14th, 2010


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