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Specializing in the closure of residential heating oil storage tanks in the Triangle and Triad areas of North Carolina.
Cleanup of leakage from a UST requires heavy equipment, careful operation of the equipment, and stringent adherence to the State's guidelines. The assessment and cleanup costs can easily exceed $10,000, but for most residential releases, the cost of soil cleanup averages about $8,000. If the property can't be remediated to the State's soil cleanup standards, or if bedrock or groundwater are encountered while digging, then an additional phase of work called the Limited Site Assessment (LSA) will be required. The LSA can add another $5,000 or more to the total cost of the project, but usually averages about $4,200 for residential releases. This was the old way of closure.
Now, most release incidents will be closed by leaving the contaminated soil in place, with very little assessment required. Most properties that have city water will be considered "Low Risk", and all that will be required is the filing at the register of deeds office a Notice of Residual Petroleum (NORP).This method of closure will actually save the tank owner a considerable amount of money and save the property from the destructive process of removing the tank and contaminated soil. Many of the leaking USTs will only be cleaned out and filled.
P.O. Box 3074
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Sensible Solutions Environmental
Petroleum Storage Tank Removal, Soil Testing, & Cleanup
Sensible Solutions recommends having a non-commercial, residential UST cleaned and filled (see our "ABANDONMENT" page). We provide a tank closure report with photographs of the tank cleaning and filling process, as well as a waste disposal manifest for the recovered fluid and sludge. And our report is signed and sealed by a licensed geologist, offering a higher level of assurance that the job was done right. Some companies may provide a similar service, but only provide an invoice for the work.
How do I pay for the cleanup?
Amount in the fund,
as of September 11, 2015: $569,020.31
Amount of approved claims awaiting reimbursement: $2,816,768.91
Amount of requested reimbursement for claims under review: $514,802.16
Total obligations: $6,051,543.28
News from the Trust Fund:
The trust fund that helped pay for the cleanup and assessment of leakage from residential oil tanks is being phased out. The UST Section is currently working on guidance for streamlined closure of these tanks on "Low Risk" sites.
Essentially, no soil cleanup will be required when certain conditions exist. Instead, the release incident will be closed with the issuance of a No Further Action letter upon deed recordation of a Notice of Residual Petroleum (low risk sites only).
It is too early to say whether or not this method of closure will satisfy buyers and lenders. But one thing is for certain, if cleanup and assessment is performed, the tank owner will have to foot the entire cost ($7,500 to $20,000).
Non-commercial Leaking UST Trust Fund