Heating Oil Tank Removal & Abandonment

Oil tank removal in New Jersey (NJ) can be a complicated process. Curren's oil tank removal process has been develped from over 20 years of hands on experience performing oil tank removals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Delaware.

A recognized leader in the industry, Curren is state certified to perform environmental services relating to underground oil tanks.  We offer a free consultation regarding your oil tank related questions. 

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What is involved with removing an oil tank?


Step 1 - Local Permits

Local permits are required for the removal of residential heating oil tanks.

NJDEP Tank Closure Certification

Tank removal companies must be certified by the NJDEP.  On October 2, 2006, the Department of Environmental Protection adopted special inground oil tankrules that require companies and individual be NJDEP UHOT (unregulated heating oil tank) certified to perform oil tank removal activities.

Step 2 - Utility Mark Out

Obtain an underground utility markout so underground utilities are located by their respective owners, such as the water company, sewer, cable, phone, electric and gas. 

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Step 3 - Oil Tank Removal 

Uncover the buried heating oil tank by excavating all overburden soils, and/or concrete/asphalt necessary to expose the top of the buried oil tank.  Most underground storage tanks are buried 2' to 3' deep (measured from grade to the top of the tank).

After the tank has been exposed (i.e., the top of the tank is visible), the oil NJ oil tank removaltank will be cut open.  To properly clean a tank, the entry way cut in to the tank must be large enough to allow a person to enter the tank to perform the physical cleaning process.   Tank cleaning will consist of wiping, squeegeeing, and removing all liquids and sludges from the tank. All liquids and sludges generated as a result of the tank cleaning process will be transported from the site to a licensed oil recycling facility.

After the oil tank has been cleaned, the tank will be lifted in its entirety from the ground and set aboveground adjacent to the excavation for inspection. At this time the local construction/fire official performs an inspection of the oil tank removal. If no holes are noted in the tank, no evidence of a petroleum release is observed in the tank grave, the excavation will be backfilled.tank removal from home

Step 4   Oil Tank Certification

After all the site work is completed a report (Tank Certification) is generated detailing the tank removal project.  The report will document the heating oil tank removal and provide tank removal certification. The report will include the following information:

  1. Copy of the local permit for tank removal
  2. Liquid receipt from the tank cleaning.
  3. A thorough written description of the tank removal activities.
  4. Photo documentation of tank removal (if available).
  5. A copy of the tank scrap receipt.
  6. Any applicable laboratory test results.
  7. A detailed text description of the condition of the tank and if any petroleum contamination was noted in the tank excavation.

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Curren Environmental, Inc. is your local, professional oil tank removal, oil tank testing and remediation contractor servicing, Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties.