Leaking UST systems can lead to massive damages in terms of human health and environmental impact. As of March of this year, there have been more than 540,000 confirmed UST released, more than 519,000 cleanups initiated and more than 473,000 completed cleanups.
Major concerns include ground water pollution and poisonous vapors that underground storage tanks may release if they are not maintained properly. This can also happen due to poor installation, lack of closure controls, and poor or lack of construction. If the tanks and piping of a UST system are not monitored properly or on a regular basis, leaks may not be detected till it is too late. The result can be a costly problem that may do undue damage to human life and property.
Once a leak is confirmed, action must be taken immediately to stop it in order to reduce potential harm to human health and the environment. Each state has its own requirements for responding to such releases. It is usually up to the owner and operator of the UST to determine a plan of action according to local regulations. To reduce costs and liability, you can contact qualified professionals by asking tribal or local contacts.