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Looking for Hydro Excavation in New Jersey-New York?

Also known as ‘potholing’, ‘vacuum excavation’ or ‘non-destructive digging (NDD)’, the process is using pressurised water or air to safely excavate a concentrated area in order to reveal the location and depths of existing underground services.

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Hydro-Excavating uses a high pressure water and vacuum source to excavate varying types of soil, working well in applications where the ground is hard or compacted. Hydro-Excavating is commonly used for pot holing, slot-trenching and pipe location. This method of excavation is less evasive, therefore causing less damage to buried fiber optic lines, cables, gas lines or other utilities.

Hydro Excavation is a safe, non-destructive digging technology for contractors, utilities, public authorities and industrial facilities. Underground is crowded with pipes, ducts, sewers, water pipes, electrical cables, fibre optics and phone lines. All are vying for space and, increasingly, are being laid in multi-utility trenches.

Our vacuum excavation equipment uses pressurised water and a powerful vacuum to remove any type of ground condition. The hydroexcavation system eliminates the risk of damaging existing underground infrastructure.

Uses of the Hydro Excavation technology include:

Utilities, Locate & Repair, Light and telephone pole bases, Entry and exit pits for no-dig technology, Drilling mud removal, Facility maintenance, Street Ironwork, Sewer maintenance, Pumping Stations, Hard to reach areas, Internal Excavations, Grit and Ballast removal, Industrial Cleanup

Hydro Excavation is quicker and safer than hand digging with a much smaller hole size and hence smaller reinstatement costs.

Why Use Hydro-Excavation?

Hydro-excavation is the SAFEST process to identified buried underground services. This process is endorsed by the major infrastructure owners and is the preferred method of identifying existing underground services.

It reduces the need for workers to be in the excavation hence eliminating accidental line damage and trench cave-ins.  

Gone are the days of mechanical and manual excavation for identifying services. Damage caused to existing services via this means can cause serious injury and sometimes death, not to mention the damage cost which can total millions of dollars if due cause is not taken.

Hydro-excavation avoids risk and damage to line casings and pipe coatings. The process allows for the exposure of ‘live operational’ buried lines and is very efficient when comparing with traditional methods of exposing buried services.

The hydro-excavation process is a very clean, precise and efficient method of digging. Less material removal means less disruption to the surrounding environment and less concern for erosion control measures. Spoil and debris is safely stored onboard the self contained tank for removal off-site to an approved location.

Inconvenience to the public is minimised as disruptions from service outages, unsightly dirt piles and without the need to leave deep holes open, public safety is no longer an issue. 

All in all, hydro-excavation is the SAFE, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY and EFFICIENT means of visually identifying existing buried underground services.

Serving New Jersey in Aldene, Allendale, Alpine, Arlington, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avalon, Avon, Babbitt, Baltusrol, Bayonne, Bayway, Bedminster, Belleville, Belmar, Benders Corner, Bergen, Bergen County, Bergen Point, Bergenfield, Berkeley Heights, Berkeley Heights Township, Berkeley Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Township, Bloomingdale, Bloomingdale Borough, Bogota, Boonton, Boonton Township, Bradley Beach, Brick Township, Brielle, Brigantine, Budd Lake, Butler, Caldwell, Carlstadt, Carteret, Cedar Grove, Chatham Borough, ChathamTownship, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Clark, Cliffside Park, Clifton, Clinton, Closter, Closter Borough, Colts Neck, Communipaw, Cranbury, Crane Square, Cranford, Cranford Junction, Cresskill, Deal, Demarest, Denville Township, Dover, Morris County, Dover Township, Toms River, Ocean County, Dumont, Dunellen, East Brunswick, East Hanover, East Newark, East Orange, East Rutherford, Eatontown, Edgewater, Edgewater Park Township, Edison, Elizabeth, Elizabethport, Elmora, Elmwood Park, Emerson, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Englishtown, Essex County, Essex Fells, Essex Fells Borough, Fair Lawn, Fairfield, Fairview, Fanwood, Fanwood, Borough of, Fort Lee, Fort Monmouth, Franklin Lakes, Free Acres, Freehold Township, Garfield, Garwood, Glen Ridge Borough, Glen Rock, Grasselli, Guttenberg, Hackensack, Hackettstown, Hainesport, Haledon, Harrington Park, Harrison, Hudson County, Hasbrouck Heights, Haworth, Hawthorne, Hazlet, Highland Park, Highlands, Hillsdale, Hillside, Hoboken, Holmdel, Hopatcong, Howell, Hudson County, Irvington Township, Jamesburg, Jefferson Township, Jersey City, Kearny, Kenilworth, Kinnelon, Lake Como, South Belmar, Lakehurst, Lakewood Township, Leonia Borough, Liberty Square, Lincoln Park, Linden, Little Falls, Livingston, Lodi, Long Branch, Madison, Madison Hill, Mahwah, Manalapan, Manchester, Maplewood, Marlboro Township, Maywood, Mercer County, Metuchen, Middlesex Borough, Middlesex County, Middletown Township, Midland Park, Millburn, Millburn Township, Milltown, Monmouth County, Montclair, Montvale, Montville Township, Morris County, Morris Township, Mount Arlington, Mountainside, Murray Hill, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Netcong, Netherwood, New Brunswick, New Providence, Newark, Newton, North Bergen, North Brunswick Township, North Caldwell, North haledon, North Plainfield, Nutley, Oakland, Oakwood Park, Ocean County, Ocean Township (Monmouth County), Old Bridge Township, Old Tappan, Oradell, Overlook, Paramus, Park Ridge, Park Village, Parsippany, Passaic, Passaic County, Paterson, Perth Amboy, Perth Amboy Junction, Piscataway Township, Plainfield, Pompton Lakes, Prospect Park, Rahway, Ramsey, Randolph, Raritan Township, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, Ridgewood, Ringwood, River Edge, River Vale Township, Riverdale, Rochelle Park, Rockaway, Rockaway Township, Roseland, Roselle, Roselle Park, Roxbury Township, Rutherford, Saddle Brook, Saddle River, Scotch Plains, Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, Secaucus, Somerset County, South Bound Brook, South Brunswick, South Harrison Township. South Orange, South Plainfield, South River Borough, Springfield, Staten Island Junction, Stony Hill, Summit, Sussex County, Teaneck, Tinton Falls, Toms River (Township of Dover), Totowa, Tremley, Tremley Point, Tremont Park, Union, Union County, Union Square, Union Township, Union Village, Union City, Upper Freehold Township, Upper Saddle River, Vauxhall, Verona, Waldwick, Wall Township, Wanaque Borough, Washington Township (Bergen County), Washington Township (Morris County), Watchung, Wayne, Wayne Township, Weehawken, West Caldwell, West Milford Township, West Orange, West Paterson, Westfield, Westwood, Winfield, Woodbridge Fire Department.Woodbridge Township,Woodcliff Lake, Woodland Park, Wood-Ridge, and Wyckoff.

Serving New York State (Westchester County) in: Amawalk, Annsville, Archville, Ardsley, Ardsley-on-Hudson, Armawalk, Armonk, Arthur Manor, Banksville, Bayberry Park, Bedford, Bedford Center, Bedford Hills, Beech Hill, Beechmont, Beechmont Woods, Bonnie Crest, Boutonville, Briarcliff Manor, Bronxville, Bronxville Heights, Bryn Mawr Park, Buchanan, Buckhout Corners, Butlerville, Cecil Park, Cedar Knolls, Chappaqua, Chauncey, Chester Hill Park, Chimney Corners, Colonial Acres, Colonial Heights, Crestwood, Crestwood Gardens, Crompond, Cross River, Croton Falls, Croton Heights, Croton-on-Hudson, Crotonville, Crugers, Dobbs Ferry, Dunwoodie, Dunwoodie Heights, East Irvington, East White Plains, East Woods, Eastchester, Eastview, Elmsford, Elmsmere, Fairview, Fleetwood, Forest Knolls, Fox Meadow, Furnace Woods, Gallows Hill, Glendale, Glenville, Glenwood, Goldens Bridge, Graham, Granite Springs, Grant Corner, Greenhaven, Greenville, Grey Oaks, Greystone, Gunther Park, Harrison, Hartsdale, Hastings-on-Hudson, Hawthorne, Heath Ridge, Heathcote, Heritage Hills, Homestead Park, Horseshoe Hill, Horton Estates, Huguenot Park, Isle of San Souci, Jefferson Valley, Katonah, Kitchawan, Lake Katonah, Lake Lincolndale, Lake Mohegan, Lake Purdy, Larchmont, Lawrence Park, Lewisboro, Lincoln, Lincolndale, Lowerre, Ludlow, Mamaroneck, Maplewood, Mariandale, Millwood, Milton, Mohegan Heights, Mohegan Lake, Montrose, Mount Airy, Mount Hope, Mount Kisco, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Murdock Woods, Murray Hill, Nepera Park, Nepperhan, New Rochelle, North Salem, North White Plains, Oceola Lake, Orienta, Oscawana, Ossining, Park Hill, Parkside, Peekskill, Pelham, Pelham Manor, Philipse Manor, Pinebrook, Pinebrook Heights, Pleasantside, Pleasantville, Pocantico Hills, Port Chester, Pound Ridge, Purchase, Purdys, Purdys Grove, Quaker Ridge, Quarry Heights, Residence Park, Ridgeway, Rochelle Heights, Rochelle Park, Roe Park, Rosedale, Rye, Rye Brook, Salem Center, Sarles Corners, Scarborough, Scarsdale, Scarsdale Downs, Scarsdale Park, Scotts Corners, Secor Gardens, Shenorock, Sherman Park, Shore Acres, Shrub Oak, Sleepy Hollow, Sleepy Hollow Manor, Somers, South Salem, Sparta, Spring Valley, Stanwood, Sun Haven, Sunny Brae, Tarrytown, Thornwood, Toddville, Tompkins Corners, Tuckahoe, Twin Lakes Village, Valhalla, Valley Pond Estates, Van Cortlandtville, Vernon Park, Verplanck, Victory Park, Vista, Waccabuc, Waverly,West Mount Vernon, White Birches, White Plains, Whitehall Corners, Wilmot Woods, Windmill Farm, Woodlands, Woodybrook, Worthington, Wykagyl, Wykagyl Park, Yonkers, Yorktown, and Yorktown Heights.

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New Rules & Regulations On Oil Tanks Intensify Fuel Battle

NEW state regulations governing underground fuel tanks and the rising concern over the cost and supply of oil have thrust homeowners into the middle of an intensified feud between home heating oil suppliers and distributors of natural gas.

Targets of Gas Companies’ Campaign

The natural gas companies, however, while acknowledging that they are indeed trying to persuade customers to switch from oil to gas, say that the targets of their current campaign, which draws attention to the new regulations, are commercial and industrial users. Residents who do switch from oil to gas, they say, do so out of economic and environmental concerns.

The new regulations, scheduled to take effect on Tuesday, are ”just another nail in the coffin,” said Paul Spatz, owner of the Grant Oil Company in Newark, which serves more than 2,500 oil customers in northern New Jersey. ”Every time a new problem arises, another customer yanks his tank out and converts to gas,” he said.

But converting from oil to gas may create new problems for homeowners when they stop using their underground storage tanks, heating contractors and tank removal specialists say.

By failing to regulate abandonment of the smaller tanks, they say, the new regulations perpetuate the current practice of allowing local officials to determine, often on an ad hoc basis, the methods used to close tanks that are no longer in use.

That practice, they say, has resulted in a hodgepodge of regulations that can cause problems for homeowners if abandonment of a tank is not properly completed. An improperly closed tank can corrode because of condensation, for example, and can leak at the bottom or collapse at the top if someone walks over it.

In addition, prospective home buyers, concerned with the potential for problems with an abandoned tank, might require a seller to have the tank removed as a condition of the sale.

”This could be the beginning of the end of our business,” Mr. Spatz said, referring to the current convergence of factors facing the home heating oil industry. Oil merchants, he said, who have long been subject to price and supply factors beyond their control, are now faced with convincing an increasingly cautious public that oil heat will remain economical.

Concern Called Unwarranted

That task is made more difficult, Mr. Spatz said, by customers’ heightened yet often unwarranted concern that an underground tank may be a source of problems in the future.

”The fact of the matter is that oil is a more efficient energy source with a higher B.T.U. output than gas,” Mr. Spatz said. In addition, he said, it would take either many years or a huge jump in the price of oil for a homeowner to recoup the conversion costs, which average about $2,200.

Nevertheless, he said, gas industry advertisements highlighting concerns over underground tanks ”have struck fear in the hearts of homeowners.” And the new regulations, he said, though not targeted at the smaller tanks, will only intensify that fear.

The regulations, which were mandated by the Legislature in 1986, apply to new and existing tanks with a capacity of 2,000 gallons or more. They require corrosion protection, continuous monitoring for corrosion and systems that guard against spills and overfilling. In addition, any such tank that is abandoned must be removed from the ground in accordance with strict standards set by the Department of Environmental Protection.

”If the abandoned oil tank isn’t sealed and cleaned properly,” said Robert Frezzo, vice president of Frezzo Oil Service Inc. in Union City, ”water can leak in, corrode the bottom, and the next thing you know you have contaminated soil.”

Corrosion Could Cause Cave-In

Another danger, he said, is that corrosion on the top of the tank may cause someone walking above the tank to fall through into the empty tank.

On the other hand, he said, if the tank is sealed too tightly, and is empty, it might eventually rise out of the ground in an area that has a high water table.

And finally, Mr. Frezzo said, an empty, improperly sealed tank may be accidentally filled with oil by a dealer who was unaware that the tank was abandoned. Computer-driven automatic filling schedules based upon ”degree days” make that a distinct possibility, he said.

So even though cleaning and filling an abandoned tank is usually safe if done properly, he said, ”if this were a perfect world every underground tank would be ripped out.”

Though the new regulations require just that for large abandoned commercial tanks, they do not extend to the tens of thousands of smaller tanks in basements and under front lawns in towns across the state. The authority to determine what must be done with those tanks rests with local officials.

Disposal Required Sometimes

While most municipalities require contractors to clean, fill and seal abandoned tanks, some require that they be removed and disposed of.

”Anything larger than 550 gallons we want them to yank out,” said Robert G. Michelin, a fire subcode official for Union City. Smaller tanks, he said, can be cleaned and filled. But in West New York, all tanks, regardless of size, must be removed. Ronald Franco, the township’s fire inspector, said West New York also required the soil under the tank to be inspected and tested if it appeared to be contaminated.

”And if we find there’s contamination,” he said, ”we bring in the regional health commission.” Contaminated soil, he said, would have to be removed and replaced with clean soil at the homeowner’s expense.

Mr. Frezzo, who has customers in both towns, said that since there was no consistent policy in effect, prospective purchasers who discovered that there was an abandoned underground tank in a home they were considering buying often required the seller to have the tank removed, ”just to be on the safe side.”

Couple Convert to Gas

Robert and Patricia Auth of the township of Union in Union County, though not under such pressure, decided recently to do just that by having their abandoned oil tank removed.

”We figured we would take the thing out and then we wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore,” Mr. Auth said. The Auths converted from oil to gas two years ago and were concerned that Union officials might someday require them to remove the abandoned tank.

Anthony Noce, president of the Environmental Clean-Up and Protection Association, the Verona-based company that removed the Auths’ tank, said business had increased recently as a result of concerns like the Auths’ and those expressed by Mr. Frezzo.

Mr. Noce said, ”We’re getting a lot of calls from real-estate people who can’t put the sale through until the tank is cleaned or removed.”

He said that while most towns required that underground tanks be cleaned and filled rather than completely removed, even the cleaning and filling often required considerable work.

To clean a tank properly, he said, workers have to dig down to the tank, cut the top off and get inside the tank to make sure that all the oil is removed. When the tank is clean, it is filled with sand and then covered again with dirt.

Average Cost of $1,000

The cost of cleaning an average residential tank, he said, is $1,000 to $1,500. Removal, he said, can cost up to twice as much but is preferred because the soil under the tank can be tested for contamination, an option not available when the tank is only cleaned.

In any event, he said, a consistent statewide policy is preferable to the current practice of letting local officials determine standards because then contractors and homeowners will specifically know what their responsibilities are.

Kenneth Goldstein, chief of the Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks in the State Department of Environmental Protection, agreed that the lack of a uniform policy could lead to confusion.

”I would prefer to have some type of consistent, minimum standard,” he said. ”But the Legislature decided that certain smaller homeowners’ tanks should not be regulated. As a result, we’re left with the possibility of 567 municipalities setting up their own requirements.”

Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman William E. Schluter, Republican of Pennington, would provide such guidelines. The bill, Mr. Schluter said, should it pass this year, allows for on-site abandonment if it can be proved that the empty tank will not pose a danger to ground water.

‘Tanks Leak’

Mr. Goldstein, however, said that if the decision were left to him, all abandoned tanks, regardless of size, would have to be removed. ”Tanks leak,” he said. ”Even small ones.” And that sentiment, oil dealers say, has led to the advertising campaign now being waged by the natural gas industry.

Fred J. Sacco, executive vice president of the Fuel Merchants Association of New Jersey, a Springfield-based trade association, said that the natural gas companies had capitalized upon, and indeed encouraged, homeowners’ fears about their underground tanks.

”You can clearly see how the government regulations have been a useful tool with respect to their advertising,” Mr. Sacco said, referring to a recent gas industry advertising campaign that refers to large underground storage tanks as potential ”financial time bombs.”

”It’s some pretty scary stuff,” Mr. Sacco said, ”and they have used it to extend those fears to homeowners. It’s clearly a scare tactic.”

Profit Set by State Agency

The fuel merchants’ resentment is further heightened by the fact that gas companies, as public utilities, are entitled to a profit set by the state’s Board of Public Utilities, that profit being determined after allowing for certain expenses.

James Divine, executive director of the Metropolitan Energy Council, a Norwood-based association of 750 fuel dealers in the New Jersey-New York-Connecticut area, said that as a result, gas companies had an unfair advantage over fuel dealers.

”Their advertising, being a cost of doing business, is built into their rate base,” he said. As a result, he said, those costs are passed directly to customers. And that, he said, allows the gas companies to spend more than four times the amount that fuel dealers spend for advertising and still generate a profit.

As is the case with most public utilities, he said, the gas companies do not have to spend any of that money advertising against other gas companies. Fuel dealers on the other hand, he said, spend millions of dollars each a year just advertising against one another.

That, however, does not seem to trouble the gas industry.

‘We’re Not Shy About Advertising’

”We’re not shy about advertising the benefits of natural gas,” said Neil Brown, a spokesman for the Public Service Electric and Gas Company in Newark, one of the state’s largest utilities. ”And we are not shy about pointing out some of the problems with oil heat,” he said.

Mr. Brown acknowledged that some of the company’s recent advertisements strongly addressed the safety aspects of underground tanks, but said that such advertising was limited to the industrial and commercial markets.

”I’m not aware of any advertising of that kind directed at the residential market,” he said.

Responding to fuel dealers’ contentions that customers ultimately pay for such advertising, Mr. Brown said that while such expenses were indeed included in the rate base, they must be approved by the Board of Public Utilities.

In addition, he said, ”It’s a pretty sure bet that the advertising costs incurred by oil distributors eventually find their way into oil prices as well.”

In any event, it appears that the state’s oil merchants are fighting an uphill battle. According to statistics compiled by the American Gas Association in Arlington, Va., there were approximately 105,000 oil-to-gas conversions nationwide in 1989; almost 17,000 of those were in New Jersey.

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Disposing of Oil Tank Can Be a Problem

For any of a variety of reasons, you may at some point decide to switch from your current oil-fired furnace to one fueled by electricity or natural gas. Part of the changeover process is the removal or abandonment of the old fuel oil tank that supplied raw oil to the furnace, and there are some very strict procedures for dealing with these tanks properly.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not specifically regulate residential oil tanks unless they are leaking, and if you have knowledge that an oil tank is leaking you are required by law to report the situation immediately. Different state Environmental Protection Agencies and some local jurisdictions also have regulation ordinances in place, so your first step following an oil furnace changeover should be to contact your local city or county building department – they can tell you if local ordinances are in effect, and direct you to the proper agency.

While you are not actually required to do anything with a non-leaking tank, aging tanks can present a variety of potential health, environmental, and liability problems, so it’s still in your best interest to permanently and properly abandon the tank as soon as possible – especially if it’s located underground. This process, called “decommissioning,” involves draining any remaining fuel oil from the tank and then either removing the tank from the ground or filling it with sand. This prevents any possible future contamination from a leak as the tank degrades over time, and it also should eliminate the possibility of the ground sinking or even collapsing if the tank were to corrode through completely and collapse. Even if you do not intend to decommission the tank at this time, you should drain any remaining fuel oil to prevent possible soil contamination if the tank should rupture.

You can perform the work yourself, or you can hire it out to a contractor. The cost for decommissioning a fuel-oil tank typically starts at around $500 and goes up from there, depending on what’s involved. If you have a leaking tank that has contaminated the soil, EPA-regulated cleanup can easily run into the thousands.

Another issue with old oil tanks comes up if you are selling your home. Once you become aware of the existence of the tank, most states require that you and your real estate agent disclose its presence to the new buyers. Even at that, under the quirks of some of today’s laws and with the propensity for lawsuits in every conceivable situation, you will probably continue to have some potential liability for cleanup costs in the event of a current or future leak – even long after you’ve sold the house. Also at risk in some situations are any of the previous owners of the house — if the previous owners did not disclose the tank’s presence to you when you bought the house, they often must share liability for leaks, repairs, and cleanup as well.

If you have an oil tank that is no longer in use — whether it’s above or below ground — it is strongly recommended that you talk with your local city or county agencies first to find out about local regulations. If you want to decommission the tank or if you suspect a leak, the next step would then be to contact your local heating oil supplier to get the names of contractors in your area who are licensed for underground tank work, and get them out to take a look.

Once again, if the house is up for sale you need to discuss the situation with your real estate agent – who should, by the way, be fully aware of all laws and liabilities regarding oil tanks and disclosure laws. As a last resort you may also have to discuss things with an attorney if you feel you or the previous owners have some liability. Typically, oil tank situations can be handled with minimum expense and hassle. However, the potential liabilities today can be huge so don’t ignore the situation.

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Helpful Tips To Get The Most Gas Out Of Your Tank

The national average price for regular gasoline rose nearly 16 cents in the last two weeks and its still going up.

A spokesman for Valero Energy Corp says the pain at the pump is simply because the price of crude oil is high.

He says consumers think there is someone pulling strings and setting prices, but it’s the marketplace that sets the price.

So what are Arkansans doing to ease the drain on their wallets?

Fill up before dawn or late at night. Stations usually raise their prices during the day.

Proper maintenance is key. Check air filters, spark plugs, and fluid levels to keep your car healthy and at top performance.

Keep your foot light on the gas pedal: high speeds, quick starts, and squealing stops burn more gas and money. Smoother rides can save up to 37% in fuel.

Get a gas rewards card. Using the right credit card can earn you rebates on your gas purchases.

And search gas price websites before you fill up to find the cheapest gas near you.

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DEP Secretary Says Funding Available to Cleanup Leaking Underground Heating Oil Tanks

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 2, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — With the end of the state’s 2007-08 fiscal year approaching, Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty said today that owners of leaking underground heating oil tanks have time to take advantage of a state grant program that can help them pay for corrective actions.

“The costs of cleaning up a leaking underground heating oil tank can be a substantial burden on homeowners and small businesses,” said McGinty. “Anyone with a leaking underground heating oil tank should know that help is available from the commonwealth. Pennsylvanians and in-state businesses can take advantage of this opportunity and begin a cleanup as soon as possible.”

Grants are available through the underground heating oil tank cleanup reimbursement program for those who have underground heating oil tanks that have experienced a leak anytime since Jan. 30, 1998. The tanks must have a capacity of 3,000 gallons or less and be used to store heating oil that is consumed where it is stored.

The reimbursement is limited to the actual costs of corrective action or $4,000, whichever is less. A $1,000 deductible must first be paid by the tank owner.

The reimbursement and deductible apply on a per tank basis.

Corrective action costs that are eligible for reimbursement include excavating, emptying, cleaning, removing, transporting and disposing of a leaking storage tank; excavating contaminated soil; transporting and disposing wastes; and restoring disturbed or contaminated areas by backfilling, grading and re-vegetating.

The costs associated with removing underground storage tanks that have not leaked or repairing aboveground heating oil tanks — including those located in basements or cellars — are not eligible for reimbursement.

For more information about the underground heating oil tank cleanup reimbursement program, visit http://www.depweb.state.pa.us keyword: storage tank cleanup, or e-mail tankcleanup@state.pa.us.

Interested persons can also call the storage tanks cleanup program in Harrisburg at 717-783-9475 or any DEP regional office. Regional office numbers can be located by clicking the appropriate region of the map on the left side on DEP’s homepage.

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Soil Clean-up May Be Required Around Leaky UST

The continuing saga of the Phase 2 Environmental Site Assessment at the downtown city-owned building is nearing completion. The Underground Storage Tank (UST) located behind the former Hart Building at 111 S. Broad St. was removed April 1. The building is the site of the proposed new City Hall.

Once uncovered and accessed, the tank was found to contain nearly 1000 gallons of a mixture of fuel oil and water. A vacuum truck removed the oil/water mixture for proper disposal.

As required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), the soil around the UST was sampled. Preliminary tests indicated that the tank had leaked into some of the surrounding soil.

“The Fire Marshal saw the color of the soil, and immediately recommended turning in a sample to the IEPA,” said Les Guenzler, City Maintenance Manager. Additional remediation may be necessary if removal of the contaminated soil is required. A risk assessment will be completed after the laboratory results of the soil samples are received.

The second round of groundwater sampling was also completed for the groundwater monitoring wells. Results will be included in the City’s report to the IEPA.

“The five test wells in the area have consistently shown no contamination,” Guenzler reported. “It’s a good sign that the UST contents haven’t leached into the wells.”

The water extension design for the Southside Utility Project has been completed and approved by the Water & Sewer Committee. Water main construction is planned for the southwest end of the Eastland Motor Sports’ property. This additional length of construction provides for easier access to the surrounding properties for future connection/extension possibilities. Copies of the alignment and profile were provided for the Council to review.

IEPA and Illinois Dept. of Transportation permit applications were also approved and signed. Council tabled the issue of waiving the bidding process for this construction job until the next meeting, set for Tuesday, April 15.

A draft of a new ordinance regarding the installation and use of outdoor wood burners was presented. Several residents who own wood burning furnaces were present for this discussion, as well as one neighbor who had previously complained about the smoke. After a lengthy discussion, it was determined to amend and revise the current draft, which will be presented for discussion and approval at a future meeting.

A Planning Committee meeting is set for Wednesday, April 9, at 2:00 p.m., to discuss ideas for the renovation of the building at 111 S. Broad St., the site of the proposed new City Hall. All seemed in agreement to gut the building and start from scratch. Where to go from there will be discussed April 9.

In other action, Council:

– scheduled a Purchasing/Finance Committee meeting for Tuesday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in City Hall, before the regular Council meeting;

– agreed to review a complaint from a resident regarding water pooling in his yard, resulting in a leaky basement;

– agreed to hire temporary help to remove excessive chips from City parkways which accumulated due to the harsh winter;

– temporarily appointed Chief of Police Ron Page as Zoning Officer;

– approved a liquor license for the Lanark Community Club (LCC) during Old Settler’s Days, set for June 27-28-29;

– approved a $3500 donation to the LCC toward Old Settler’s Days activities;

– approved a request for a building permit extension;

– approved a bid for $6,650 from Watertower Paint & Repair Co. to inspect the water tower, a requirement of the IEPA.

Council entered a Closed Executive Session at 9:45 p.m. to discuss pending litigation. They exited 13 minutes later, taking no action

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Ready mix, not ready! holes concrete on demand fulfillsneed of one of NJ most prominent utility contractors

Mercedes Benz, Montvale, New Jersey (April 9, 2008) – One of New Jersey’s most prominent contractors installed fiber optic line over 1/2 mile between two Mercedes benz facillities in Montvale, New Jersey. In order to work on the weekends and open up a busy highway, the contractor needed to have concrete on demand all day untill the crews were finished, regardless of the time on the weekend.

Steve Rich Environmental Contractor followed the utility crew and encased the fiber optics in concrete and allowed the crew to bury and restore the work areas.

HOLES was ready, ready mix wasn’t, why do they call it ready mix if they can’t make it when you are READY.

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