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UST Program - Local Guidance (LG) 86


January 3, 1989

To: Local Agencies

This letter transmits information on a tank closure safety video available for use by the local agencies.

This video, entitled "Tank Closure Without Tears: An Inspector's Safety Guide" covers the following material:

  • Danger of tank closure due to volatile vapors.
  • What causes fires and explosions?
    • flammable and combustible liquids
    • hazard evaluation, measurement and control
    • fire triangle: fuel, oxygen, ignition source
  • How to prepare a safe workplace.
  • How to get rid of flammable vapors safely.
    • purging and testing with an explosivity meter - inerting and testing with an oxygen meter
    • vapor freezing with water
  • Why cleaning out sludge is important?
  • Closing a tank in place.
  • Inspection safety tips.
  • Tank transport and disposal.
  • Safe removal checklist.

This video and the companion booklet on tank closure safety were produced by the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) with a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Underground Storage Tanks. Copies of the video and companion booklet may be purchased from NEIWPCC, Boott Mills South, 116 John Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1124 for the prepaid cost of $10.00.


[Original signed by:]

Mike McDonald
Underground Storage Tank Unit
Division of Loans and Grants

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