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Specializing in the closure of residential heating oil storage tanks in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina.
Removal of the UST and contaminated soil is no longer required when leakage is discovered on a Low Risk site. But for those who want it done, we usually finish the tank removal and cleanup in one day. The contaminated soil is transported to a permitted disposal facility on the same day. We try to avoid disturbing the landscape as much as possible, but tank removal is a messy process (no complaints so far).
SSE does not own or maintain any excavation equipment, nor do we employ any equipment operators. With no overhead, SSE can usually provide tank removal services for much less than what our competitors charge. In addition, we don't allow our subcontractor to excavate beyond what is necessary to get clean closure.
On jobs where no leakage occurred, SSE provides a tank closure report. When soil remediation is necessary, the State Trust Fund no longer covers the cleanup costs for field supervision, sampling, and report preparation. Also, owning, insuring, mobilizing, operating, and maintaining excavation equipment is very costly. Be aware that some consultants fail to include the cost of fluid recovery and disposal in their tank removal cost. SSE's current tank removal/fluid disposal cost averages $1,950 plus project management and report.
P.O. Box 3074
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Sensible Solutions Environmental
Petroleum Storage Tank Removal, Soil Testing, & Cleanup
Residential USTs are non-regulated, meaning removal is not required, even when leakage has occurred (some cases). See "ABANDONMENT" for more info.
SSE believes in full disclosure of the tank closure options and regulatory requirements. We often provide a detailed proposal/cost estimate before doing a tank/soil inspection. Then, we leave the decision on how to proceed up to our client. We don't want to put anyone in a bind.
An industrial vacuum truck is needed to remove the oil and sludge from the tank, and ensure that the waste is disposed of properly. Average cost: about $500.
Average cost for tank and fluid removal/disposal: about $1,450.
Contaminated soil is transported off-site to a permitted disposal facility. Average cost for cleanup: about $8,000 (based on $83.00 per ton - former Trust Fund-established rates).