Many tank owners believe that since the EPA’s SPCC Program makes little mention of the tank’s “material of construction,” then perhaps FRP and plastic tanks are exempt from tank-integrity inspection. That’s incorrect. Not listing a type of storage unit such as FRP and plastic tanks in the EPA’s SPCC does not automatically exempt them, and they must be inspected.

Other requirements for inspection come from OSHA, NFPA and state and local jurisdictions. The American Petroleum Institute (API) is offering a course that uses industry inspection standards to help provide both a point-in-time appraisal of the tank in its current condition as well as a projected life of the tank and its ability or inability to provide safe storage of the given product being stored.

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