Secondary Containment and Spill Prevention Blog

December 20, 2016
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The Impact of Railcar Spill Containment

Shipment of crude oil by rail increased almost 2400% between 2008 and 20121. With this drastic increase, the prevention of spills becomes even more essential to the safety of the public and the environment. While the rail shipment industry claims a 99.99% success rate, with 11.5 billion gallons of crude shipped by rail, that leaves 1.15 million gallons spilled, even at such a high success rate.

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December 3, 2016
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Do You Have a Spill Prevention Plan?

In industries dealing with hazardous materials, we all hope for equipment and processes to go exactly as planned. However, it’s essential for safety, as well as for the health of your business, to have a detailed, effective spill prevention plan in place.
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October 17, 2016
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What is Your Transloading Containment Plan?

If you work at a facility that performs railcar transloading, you’re more than likely required by law to have a, SPCC – Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure – plan in place. This regulation requires facilities to prepare for the event of oil discharge into navigable waters. While one hopes that a spill will never happen, this rule is in place to ensure that if it does, the environment will be harmed as little as possible.

Who needs a transloading plan?

Your facility is required to have a transloading plan if:

  • You handle petroleum and/or non-petroleum oils
  • The facility is non-transportation related
  • The facility has an aggregate above-ground storage capacity >1,320 gallons or composite underground storage of >42,000 gallons
  • There is a likelihood of oil discharge into local navigable waterways

If your facility meets these criteria, having a good containment plan in place is required by the EPA. The plan will require you to find a way to hold at least the capacity of any compartment that might be loaded or unloaded at your facility.

What does a transloading containment plan have?

A good plan will contain things like:

  • Facility information like the location, rundown of operations, contact information, proximity to waterways
  • Emergency information such as phone numbers, hospital locations, and descriptions of how to react to a spill
  • Identification of oil and petroleum locations
  • Current spill prevention information – training materials, site security information, what spill equipment already exists
  • Inspection information to follow for monthly inspections of all equipment

What can I use as my containment system?

Your transloading containment plan should cover what materials you will use in the event of a spill. One piece of this is the secondary containment system you use. A solution from Polystar is the Star Track system, which has a center pan for between train tracks, and two outside pans for spills on the side of the vehicle. It is easy to install for immediate use. This system will be an integral part of your SPCC plan and keep your facility EPA compliant.

For more information about Star Track or any of our other secondary containment systems, contact us or browse our solutions here.

October 17, 2016
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Keys to Hydraulic Fracking Spill Prevention

Keeping your facility safe and compliant during hydraulic fracking

Complying with hydraulic fracking guidelines is a must. In addition to exorbitant fines sustained after any spills, preventing environmental damages is worth the extra effort. Keeping your facility EPA compliant will help your facility maintain its reputation and Here are a few of the key ways you can prevent hydraulic fracking spills:

  1. Waste Management – Make sure your operation is properly handling waste products at the work site. Any hazardous liquids at your facility should be handled with care, and stored properly at all times. This can be done by using waste drums with proper sealing lids.
  2. Spill Cleanup – If a spill does occur, having a plan and products in place is essential to preventing damages to the environment. Many facilities dealing with oil are required to have a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan in place that outlines how employees should assess and handle a spill.
  3. Secondary Containment – Of course, one of the easiest ways to manage spills is to not have the spills happen in the first place. Having the best in secondary containment is going to be your best bet for all-around spill prevention.

Polystar Incorporated has secondary containment solutions for many vehicles and chemicals, made with composite plastic materials. These lead to less fatigue and thermal expansion/transfer, making them a strong protector against alternatives.

Our Poly Dike MPE® containment system is an effective solution because of its durability and ease of use. Another solution is our Driller Containment Pad system, made from a fiberglass composite over a metal core sheet.

If your operation has these preventative measures in place, you can avoid incurring fines from the EPA for spills that could have been prevented ahead of time. For more information about our secondary containment for hydraulic fracking, contact us or check out our other solutions.

June 14, 2016
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Modular Plastic Secondary Containment vs. Concrete Secondary

Choosing the Best, Most Efficient Method of Spill Prevention

Concrete is a common and versatile building material and is an option when it comes to secondary spill prevention methods. Fairly prevalent in the past, concrete has been challenged by other types of materials when it comes to containment solution construction – like plastic. What’s the difference? And which option is best for your application? Continue Reading →