Posts Tagged ‘Overfill Alert’

New Home Heating Oil Tank Regulations -Boston

New law requires oil heat system upgrade – Boston Real Estate – Boston.com

Under a new Massachusetts oil heating law which went into effect on September 30, 2011, every homeowner with an oil heating system is required to install an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with protective sleeve in their system. The cost is approximately $150 to $350 depending on the system. The required upgrade is to prevent leaks from tanks and pipes that connect to your furnace. The upgrade will reduce the risk of an oil leak so by making a relatively small expenditure now, you can prevent a much greater expense in the future.Who Must Upgrade?
Owners of 1- to 4-unit residences that are heated with oil must already have or install an oil safety valve or an oil supply line with a protective sleeve. Installation of these devices must be performed by a licensed oil burner technician. Technicians are employed by companies that deliver home heating oil or are self-employed. It is important to note that heating oil systems installed on or after January 1, 1990 most likely are already in compliance because state fire codes implemented these requirements on new installations at that time.

Who Is Exempt? Homeowners are exempt from taking these leak prevention steps if: • the oil burner is located above the oil storage tank and the entire oil supply line is connected to and above the top of the tank OR • an oil safety valve or oil supply line with protective sleeve was installed on or after January 1, 1990, AND • those changes are in compliance with the oil burning equipment regulations; a copy of the oil burner permit from the local fire department may be used to demonstrate compliance.

Krueger Products for use in Home Heating Oil Industry
Reblogged by Lee at Krueger Gauge

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Pennsylvania Aboveground Storage Tank Regulations

Inspectors from the state Department of Environmental Resources are ramping up efforts to find unregistered fuel storage tanks, as one local farmer discovered when he was recently fined by the DEP because he had not obtained a permit for his 8,000-gallon tank.

Why the increased scrutiny?

According to DEP spokesman Kevin Sunday, there was no one specific instance that sparked the agency’s actions to seek out unregistered fuel tanks.

“This is something that the department has been aware of for some time,” Sunday said, “and with the winter months coming up, we wanted to get everyone on board.”

The DEP’s effort, Sunday said, “is to make sure we register both in-ground and above-ground tanks that are not currently registered.”

So in October, DEP sent letters to 1,172 fuel oil providers across the state asking them to help find unregistered tanks. Fuel distributors are required to ask the tank owner to provide a DEP-issued registration certificate before any fuel (gasoline, diesel fuel or kerosene) can be placed in the tank.

“If the distributors deliver product to an unregistered storage tank, they are also liable for any damages” that may occur if fuel escapes from a leaky tank, Sunday said.

If DEP is not aware of unregistered tanks, it cannnot conduct routine inspections on them and the tanks could pose a threat to the environment if the tank or its pipes fail.

Pennsylvania DEP is ramping up it’s AST regulations.
First off, be sure your tank is registered:
Once your tank is registered, you need to be sure that you pass regular inspections.

On page 6 of this last document, references are made to Overfill Prevention Equipment as well as Leak Detection Equipment.  Krueger Sentry Gauge offers inexpensive solutions in both cases.

Lee Geurts

Krueger Sentry Gauge Company

Prevent Costly Overfills and Leaks- Krueger Sentry Gauge

Diesel fuel leak closes UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall

Posted: 12/11/2011 11:03:22 AM PST
Updated: 12/11/2011 09:31:07 PM PST
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A university employee posts a warning sign by Strawberry Creek after a diesel fuel spill closed…

BERKELEY — Emergency crews from five different agencies spent Sunday cleaning up a diesel fuel leak that closed UC Berkeley’s Stanley Hall and seeped into nearby Strawberry Creek.

A pump valve failure for a diesel fuel storage tank for an emergency generator in the basement of Stanley Hall is being blamed for 1,700 gallons of fuel leaking into the basement and eventually into Strawberry Creek and the San Francisco Bay, according to university spokeswoman Janet Gilmore.

A campus police officer noticed an odor of diesel fuel coming from Strawberry Creek around 7 p.m. Saturday, Gilmore said. After an investigation, employees from the Office of Environment, Health and Safety discovered the leak and closed the building, which is the largest research building on campus and home to the university’s bioengineering department.

The leak was contained by 9 p.m. Saturday but an unspecified amount of fuel seeped into Strawberry Creek through pumps in the basement of Stanley Hall.

The emergency generator tank needs to constantly hold enough gas to power the building for 24 hours should there be an emergency, Gilmore said. It’s regularly tested to be sure it’s working, and as those tests use fuel, a dedicated storage tank sends the generator a top-off.

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If the tank was equipped with our simple Overfill Alarm, this spill would have been detected sooner or possibly avoided altogether.  A 110 DB alarm would have signaled a problem, and helped to bring attention to the equipment failure.

To see more about the Krueger Sentry Gauge Overfill Alarm and it’s variations, visit our site.

http://www.ksentry.com/alarm.htm

-Lee Geurts

Montana DEQ – Aboveground Storage Tank Inspection

Montana DEQ – Storage Tank Inspection

Is the aboveground storage tank (AST) temporary or permanently removed from Is the aboveground tank protected from vehicle impacts by posts constructed
www.deq.mt.gov/pet/Forms/PDFS/StorageTankCkecklist.pdf

PDF is a check list provided by The Montana DEQ for AST self instpection.

Krueger Sentry Gauge can provide a high level overfill alarm (both visual and audible) to notify the person filling the tank that the fluid has reached 90 percent.  This should satisfy step eleven on the inspection shee.

See example products and documents from our website.

Level Gauge for visual indication

Overfill Alarm for audible indication

PDF for ordering instructions on gauges for the purpose of Overfill alert.

Overfill Prevention and Leak Detection Regulations

As most of you know, regulations on above ground storage tanks are getting more strict.  Krueger Gauge has gotten some third party testing done on our Therma Tank Level Gauge and our Overfill Alert Gauge.  The results have gotten us approved by Florida (FDEP) as an overfill prevention device on above ground storage tanks.   We have not been informed at this point that we need any special approvals for other states, but you should check with your local governments for info on this.  Special Documents are and ordering instructions are required for you to comply with some of these overfill regulations.

Also, some time ago, we were approved as a Leak detection gauge on double wall storage tanks in Florida as well.  The documents documents for this are as follows.

For more information or product documents, please visit our website.

Lee Geurts

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Level Gauge Part Number Helper Tool

What is the part number for the Krueger Sentry Gauge that I need?  This new tool asks the necessary questions, then provides you with a part number at the end.  Works for Liquid Level Gauges, Leak Detection Gauges, Overfill Alert Gauges, and Barrel Gauges.

Tank Gauge Part Number Helper Page

Lee Geurts

Official Liquid Level Gauge Website -Krueger Gauge