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Correction: CT February 2013

Correction to article from December 2012 issue.

Posted on: 2/7/2013
Source: Composites Technology

In a recent article, titled “Rehabilitation without Excavation” (CT December 2012, p. 36), CT quoted industry consultant Tony Rieck incorrectly, in reference to solutions for bringing underground storage tanks (USTs) into compliance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards that now require double-walled construction. The article said:

“According to Tony Rieck of T.R. Consulting Inc. (Colorado Springs, Colo.), a longtime consultant in this field, ‘roughly half of the 587,000 USTs the EPA cites are now double-walled.’ He explains that there doesn’t always have to be a leak or cleanup problem for a company to pursue retrofitting its tanks. ‘Tank owners can act proactively to comply with the secondary containment requirements,’ he says. The benefit of the Delta Composite Systems GENESIS retrofit, says Rieck, ‘is that it does not involve shutting down the gas station for four weeks and spending $150,000 to $200,000 to put in secondary containment.’ Instead, the average cost is only $30,000 for a typical 8,000-gal to 10,000-gal (30,283-liter to 37,854-liter) tank, and it may be the only solution where the existing infrastructure precludes tank removal and replacement.”

CT mistakenly assumed he was speaking about the technology profiled in the article. Rieck, however, was speaking more generally about the cost benefits of retrofitting tanks vs. complete removal and new installation. He did not and does not endorse the Delta GENESIS or any other tank retrofit system, because he believes each UST rehabilitation project is unique and demands a solution that best fits its requirements. Therefore, the last portion of the paragraph should read as follows (emphasis added): “'The benefit of retrofitting to achieve secondary containment,’ says Rieck, ‘is that it does not involve shutting down the gas station for four weeks and spending $150,000 to $200,000 to put in secondary containment.’ For example, the average cost of the Delta Composite Systems GENESIS is only $30,000 for a typical 8,000-gal to 10,000-gal (30,283-liter to 37,854-liter) tank. This type of system is a viable solution where the existing infrastructure precludes tank removal and replacement.”

CT regrets the error. 

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