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Russell Dupuy 11 Apr 2018 By Russell Dupuy

Fuel site protection: Are you at risk?

With the clean-up costs of contaminated soil and groundwater ranging from a whopping $100,000 – $1 million, and a hefty EPA fine to top it all off, running a non-compliant fuel site is a costly risk.

You would think that, given the extreme consequences, running a compliant fuel site would be a top priority for managers.

Unfortunately, we’ve encountered many fuel sites that don’t comply with EPA standards, putting them at a greater risk of unnoticed fuel leakage, substantial product loss, and extensive environmental damage. None of which look good in the eyes of the EPA.

So the question is: Are you sure you’re doing absolutely everything to ensure a safe and sustainable working environment?

The Fault in Our Sensors

In an effort to be a compliant fuel site, most managers install sensors to monitor hydrocarbon levels. An alarm or warning may be triggered by the following;

  • A leak in the tank
  • A leak in the piping
  • Overfill of fuel in the tank
  • Fuel detected in monitoring wells
  • Fuel detected in containment sumps
  • Water detected in the tank

These alarms are critical methods of leak detection, and can save you thousands in clean-up costs and EPA fines if a leak does occur.

Unfortunately, merely installing a sensor is not enough to keep your site protected.

Due to the heightened sensitivity of fuel sensors, invalid alarms can be accidentally triggered when no critical error has occurred. This creates a waste of time and unnecessary panic for fuel site managers, who need to escalate the alarm and locate the source of the error.

When this process happens too often, it can cause fuel site managers to become complacent, taking their time to investigate fuel breaches — and sometimes even disregarding the warning completely.

Do you remember the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf?

That didn’t turn out so well, did it?

Ultimately, if a site doesn’t comply and follow the correct leak detection, prevention and containment process, the organisation is accountable for numerous EPA fines, and the clean-up costs associated with a fuel leak can be upwards of one million dollars.

 

Put your fuel site in the hands of an EPA approved fuel-monitoring system

Even if you manage your site with the best of your intentions, sometimes errors and mistakes are unavoidable.

To minimise extensive EPA fines, clean-up costs and environmental damage, you need to put your fuel site in the trusting hands of a fuel-monitoring system that has your back 24/7.

Switching to a digital fuel monitoring system allows you to be alerted to a leaking tank or faulty pump immediately. The ability to take action sooner, rather than later, can minimise the problem’s impact, saving you money and making your fuel site look favourable in the eyes of the EPA.

 

With Fuelsuite, running a compliant fuel site has never been easier

Fuelsuite is the innovative remote fuel management solution from EMS that gives you access to critical data in real-time from multiple sites on a single device. Best of all, Fuelsuite alerts you to a problem even if you aren’t logged in.

So how does it work?

When the fuel sensors detect a breach, Fuelsuite automatically triages the alarms to confirm their validity, before automatically escalating the alarm to the right person. Due to the time-sensitive nature of unstable fuel levels, Fuelsuite allows you to act as soon as a breach is confirmed, reducing the amount of fuel lost and environment exposed.

To help you resolve the breach faster, Fuelsuite uses real-time data to detect which tank or hose is experiencing the problem. That means less time is wasted checking every tank and hose for a fault, and a faster rate of resolution.

No leak detection method provides 100% coverage of a critical leak. But a fast-acting, highly accurate and functional leak detection and monitoring service like Fuelsuite drastically reduces the damage and loss occurred from the leak. It will also protect your site from additional EPA fines.

Fuelsuite gives you more visibility over the ‘ins and outs’ of your fuel sites, and is the closest thing to having eyes in the back of your head. To ensure you have an EPA compliant fuel site, contact EMS about a Fuelsuite solution today.