Petrogram - Fall 2012 - (Page 16)
Tanks and Hurricane Readiness
By Florida Department of Environmental Protection
hose who live and work along Florida’s Gulf Coast are well aware that late summer is peak hurricane season. They know the drill. Fuel your vehicles is one of the mantras. And when the storm has passed, fuel is also high on the list of priorities. While protecting human life and health is the main concern when preparing for a hurricane, it’s also important to protect the environment and fuel supplies. Storms can damage fuel tanks, but businesses that follow some basic guidelines can minimize environmental damage.
Damages to Storage Tank Systems The Environmental Protection Agency has identiﬁed four major impacts to underground storage tank systems in ﬂooding conditions.
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Florida Department of Environmental Protection staff found that these were the primary impacts to storage tank systems in Northwest Florida during Hurricane Ivan in 2004: (1) Buoyancy is caused by partially full and empty tanks that are not properly strapped down. In Florida, tanks are particularly vulnerable to buoyancy. As ﬂoodwaters and storm surges inundate tank areas and the ground becomes saturated, buoyant forces take over if tanks are not securely weighted and strapped down. Partially full and empty, unstrapped underground tanks can surface as groundwater levels rise. At waterfront facilities, improperly strapped aboveground tanks can be forced off of their mounts by the storm surge.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2012
Chair's Perspective: Optimism and the Future of Our Business
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
FPMA 2012 Convention and Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo!:
Please Welcome FPMA's New Board of Directors for 2012-2013/15
Storage Tanks and Hurricane Readiness
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2012