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Finally, Some Good News On Real Estate!

99% of New Jersey residents are eligible to have their tank removed for FREE!

As we enter 2009 with talk of “green” technology, there is a growing threat that seems to be flying under the radar for most people in the United States.

Oil and fuel tanks that have been long buried beneath lawns on residential homes have become the most widespread threat to our environment, threatening ground water and drinking water supplies. Buried oil tanks raise increasing environmental, safety, legal and economic concerns for home owners because oil leaks can lead to environmental damage and expensive cleanup operations.

Installing a new, above ground indoor oil storage tank involves significant expense. However, the Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Remediation, Upgrade and Closure Program provides loans and grants to eligible applicants to help finance project costs for the closure and replacement of a non-leaking residential underground storage tank (UST).

To qualify, consumers must:

1. Have a federal taxable income of less than $250,000;

2. Have a net worth of not more than $500,000 (excluding your primary residence & pension)

3. You spend more than 51% of your income on living expenses (including mortgage, car and insurance payments)

If an oil tank has leaked the cost to clean up contaminated soils can be very significant, But the NJDEP grant program will cover the complete cleanup provided you have been denied by your homeowners insurance policy. While home heating oil tanks are excluded from Federal and NJDEP Regulations about oil storage tank reporting and monitoring, they are addressed by NJDEP regulations once they leak.

More importantly, when you go to sell your home, Banks and Insurance companies make it almost impossible for a buyer to purchase a home with a Underground Storage Tank.

As an environmental services expert, Steve Rich of Steve Rich Environmental Contractors, Inc. shows how this program works.

“First, we have a staff in our office, who will help you fill out all the paper work and help submit it right the first time.” Steve explains, “there are companies who will charge you to fill out the paper work and help with submissions, SREC does not charge, we help every one of our clients.”

Companies must be certified by NJDEP in Tank Closure and sub surface evaluation. What that means is you can’t hire any excavation contractor to complete the work, nor can you do the work yourself and get reimbursed.

“We are committed in making the application process less complicated and you can count on SREC to help you complete the application and get it done right.

“The only thing we need from a NJ customer who meets the criteria is the time to fill out there personal information on the forms, after that, SREC will complete everything that’s needed,

  • Getting approval from the state program.
  • Securing local permits
  • Removing and if applicable, install an new Above Ground Storage Tank.
  • Getting appropriate inspections.
  • Backfilling you property to grade.
  • Most importantly, securing your “Peace of mind”

SREC will expedite paperwork processing and handle all the work from start to finish.”

NJ Homeowners should be pro-active and should take advantage now while funding is available. For more information, visit www.steve-rich.com.

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Difference: Oil Tank Removal vs Oil Tank Abandonment!

www.steve-rich.com provided the difference between the Oil Tank Removal and Oil Tank Abandonment. Scroll Down for Tank Abandonment.

Tank Removal

There are several reasons why you would want to remove your underground storage tank. If you are converting to natural gas or installing an above ground storage tank for your home heating needs. Most importantly, SREC strongly recommends removing your underground storage tank if you plan to sell your home. Selling your home is stressful enough even without any major complications.

However, having your tank removed, inspected and the soil tested will eliminate any potential problems you would have encountered if your tank remained on your property. Removing your underground storage tank and obtaining closure will satisfy the most stringent of home inspections or due diligence by future homebuyers.

SREC can help, beginning with a free consultation.

If you choose to contract SREC to remove your tank, our helpful staff will acquire permits, obtain utility markouts*, and make arrangements with municipal inspectors in order to prepare for your tank removal. Our experienced personnel will efficiently and properly complete your tank removal in four to five hours leaving you with Peace of Mind.

What you can expect:

• Safety is a primary concern for our company. Our team will confirm the location of underground utilities before beginning the tank removal process.

• Once the underground storage tank (UST) is located, a small track excavator will be used to expose the tank.

• The UST is then cut open and the contents, usually fuel oil and sludge, are removed with a licensed vacuum truck and transported to a certified liquid disposal facility or transferred, at your request, to a newly installed AST.

• Fully covered in protective gear, a representative from SREC enters the tank to clean it with absorbent pads and a squeegee.

• The UST is then removed with the excavator and inspected for holes or signs of corrosion by both SREC personnel and the municipal inspector.

• Upon completion of the inspection of both the tank and its grave, the excavation is filled to grade with certified clean fill. A 550-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 8 foot excavation area roughly graded. A 1000-gallon tank removal typically yields a 6 foot by 13 foot excavation area roughly graded.

• A sales representative will provide a completed tank certification booklet to you. It includes:

• Copy of local permits • Tank disposal receipt 
• Tank contents manifest • Certified clean fill receipt
• Certificate of removal and a copy of SREC New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection tank removal license

* Please note that a minimum 4-day period from the contract date is required before work can begin in order to properly obtain utility markouts.

Tank Abandonment

In recent years, the NJDEP recommends and most insurance companies require tank removal over tank abandonment. However, in the event that there is no access to the tank due to either landscape or structural impediments, tank abandonment may be necessary.

As we do with our tank removal, SREC will again take all steps necessary to provide you with superior service and properly abandon your tank in just a few hours. Once your tank is cut open and cleaned, our highly trained personnel will core holes through the bottom of the tank and extract soil samples to confirm the integrity of the soil.

These samples will be sent to an NJDEP certified lab for analysis. The empty tank will be filled with inert material such as sand or concrete slurry. The 4 foot by 4 foot excavation will be filled to grade with certified clean fill.

Upon completion, a completed tank certification booklet will be provided. It includes:

• Copy of local permits • Tank contents manifest
• Certified clean fill receipt • Certificate of abandonment 
• Copy of SREC / NJDEP tank removal license

*Please note that a minimum 4-day period from the contract date is required before work can begin in order to properly obtain utility markouts.

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Don’t Be A Fool With Your Oil Tank This April!

This year’s April Fools Day may have come and gone, but Scottish companies who have failed to comply with the latest deadline for compliance with the Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 could be left feeling rather foolish. Non compliance not only could result in a fine of up to £40,000 but is also a criminal offence, warns leading online tank supplier TankDepot.co.uk.

Since Tuesday 1 April 2008, oil tanks installed in Scotland at agricultural, commercial, industrial, institutional and larger domestic installations, within 10 metres of surface water, or within 50 metres of a borehole should have complied with the new Regulations. All remaining oil tanks must comply no later than 1 April 2010.

The Regulations have established minimum design standards for the storage of oil at above ground installations. They apply to all types of oil, including diesel, mineral oil, heating oil, lubricating oil, waste oil, vegetable and plant oil, and biodiesel.

Requirements for owners of oil tanks above 200 litres include, positioning the tank to minimise the risk of accidental damage; the provision of a secondary containment area (sometimes referred to as a ‘bund’) to catch spills or drips; the provision of protection against possible pollution originating from ancillary equipment; and the provision of adequate protection of above and below ground pipework.

Anyone storing BioDiesel should take special notice of the new Regulations, says TankDepot.co.uk. The Regulations require that any container used for the storage of BioDiesel should be of sufficient strength and integrity. Many traditional grades of plastic are unlikely to be suitable for storing higher concentrations of the environmentally preferred fuel. TankDepot.co.uk strongly advises that BioDiesel should only be stored in a container that is purpose designed for the storage of BioDiesel, such as a Harlequin BioFuel Station or Titan BioMaster.

To assist companies in achieving compliance with the Regulations, TankDepot.co.uk can offer a comprehensive range of oil storage tanks from leading oil tank manufacturers including Harlequin and Titan. For heating oil installations, a full range of Bunded Oil Tanks are including Harlequin’s unique Polyrock range of Bunded Oil Tanks, which is now available in a choice of 5 capacities and sandstone and granite effect colourways.

For diesel storage, TankDepot.co.uk offers dedicated bunded storage and dispensing tanks. The range includes Fuelmaster diesel storage tanks from Titan; together with Fuel Station and Fuel Point models from Harlequin. Irrespective of model, manufacturer or capacity chosen, all TankDepot.co.uk Diesel Tanks incorporate integral bunding and are supplied complete with a choice of electric pump, fuel resistant delivery hose and fuel dispensing nozzle – complete with automatic shut off.

And for waste oil, TankDepot.co.uk can now offer legally compliant Waste Oil Tanks and Oil Recycling Banks. Manufactured from corrosion resistant materials, they are ideal for use at workshops, vehicle dealerships, factories, marinas or anywhere else there is a requirement to store and contain waste oils and lubricants.

To assist with the implementation of the new Regulations, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has produced a useful guidance note to assist oil storage tank owners. Copies can be downloaded from the SEPA website by clicking the link below – which also contains copies of the Regulations, and a useful FAQ section.

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New Jersey – New York Oil Tank Removal Closure Abandonment Help Guidelines

If you are installing a new oil tank or just switching over, the old oil tank still needs to be removed. If you have an oil tank located in the basement as many home owners do here is what you can do to remove the tank yourself. First thing you want to remove the entire vent and fill pipes using a wrench. Disconnect the union fittings from the pipes. Locate the shut off valve on the tank. Make sure the valves are in the off position.

Then take an adjustable wrench and remove the flare fittings from the copper tubing to the tee. You may want to use a small container or something to catch the excess oil that is in the lines. When you remove the fittings the oil will spill out. Then you can remove the shut off valves with a wrench. If you want lift one the tank, they should not be very heavy, place the tank on some risers. Make sure the fill tubes are empty, try draining the tank as much as possible. The last thing you want is oil all over the place.

Go outside and disconnect the section of fill pipe and any fittings that may be connected to the pipe. If you want to get creative with the tank before removal you can attach a pipe to the fill holes on the tank and create a makeshift handle for easy lifting. If you don’t have any help then that trick may work great for you. If you do have help then the removal of the tank will be easy. Once everything is disconnected you can remove the tank from the basement.

If you are by yourself you can possibly drag the tank up the basement stairs yourself with a hand truck or if you decided to make the handle you can put an old blanket or sheet on the stairs and drag the tank slowly up the stairs. Or if you have plywood you could slide the tank over the plywood with the handles you made.

You want to be careful when removing the tank not to do any structural damage to the house. Some basements are accessed through the home and then there are others that you can access through the outside. Some of these stairways are very narrow so you have to be very careful when removing the tank.

You can try two ways of getting rid of the tank, call your local oil company and ask them how it is done in your town, every town may be different with their rules so as to not incur any headaches later on find out what can be done as far as the oil company is concerned.

You can also bring the tank, if you have the means to a recycle center. Contact them first and let them know you will be bringing in an old oil tank. Maybe there is something that has to be done before dropping it off.

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Shipley Fuels fined $76,000 for DEP violations

An agreement reached between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Shipley Fuels includes a $76,000 civil penalty for violations at seven of the company’s gas stations and bulk fuel facilities.

The violations — which range from a failure to perform tank and piping release detection to a failure to maintain containment sumps — were discovered between October 2006 and January 2008.

Shipley owns and operates 41 underground gas storage tanks and bulk fuel facilities in south central Pennsylvania.

Two of the incidents included environmental violations, one at the Mechanicsburg Bulk Plant in Hampden Township and one at McCullough Oil Service in Springfield Township, York County. Shipley had releases of 135 gallons of off-road diesel fuel and 1,500 gallons of heating oil, respectively, due to delivery driver error.

The company is currently investigating both sites to determine whether there are any environmental problems.

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New Jersey Real Estate: Timely Information, Trusted Analysis and Valuable Resources Online: Verizon NJ Sells HQ Building

Verizon New Jersey is under contract to sell its downtown headquarters building here to Accordia Realty Ventures. The landmark 20-story, 450,000-sf art deco building at 540 Broad St., which dates to the late 1920s, was officially put on the market late this past summer as part of a three-building portfolio. The offering was tied to Verizon NJ’s need to restructure its real estate holdings in the Garden State.
Both sides declined to reveal the sale price, but industry sources put the number around $35 million. If correct, that number would factor out to about $78 per sf. In terms of financing, “we’re going to be looking for institutional debt, and we’ve got private equity for the deal,” Accordia partner Joseph Romano tells GlobeSt.com.

“The deal is not complete,” Romano says, noting that it still needs approval by the state Board of Public Utilities, and there are other contingencies. “But we’re excited about it. It’s a phenomenal landmark building.”

The deal also calls for Verizon NJ to stay in the building under the terms of an 18-month lease as it seeks another location within New Jersey. Company officials have also said that they plan to maintain an executive presence at the site, and in Newark, indefinitely.

And the new owners plan major upgrades on the building, which will be largely vacant once Verizon NJ departs with all but its long-term executive presence. “We’re going to be marketing it–we’re looking for tenants,” Romano says. “It’s great in spite of its age. The logistics of the building, the size of the floorplates will accommodate modern uses. The 20,000-sf floorplates are unusual for a building of that age.”

Accordia Realty is a Fairfield-based group headed by partners Romano and Jason Bogart. Since the company’s founding in 2005, it has picked up several other assets, including the 201,000-sf Greenbrook Executive Center in Fairfield, the 84,000-sf River Drive Center II in Elmwood Park and the 57,000-sf GM Building at 9 Sylvan Way in Parsippany.

The two other assets put up for sale by Verizon NJ in September remain on the market. They include 175 Park Ave. in Madison, a 210,000-sf building currently in use as a switching center and for general offices. The other is the 30,000-sf 1000 Cellar St. in Scotch Plains. The operations from the various sites will presumably be consolidated at Verizon NJ’s eventual new location.

The 540 Broad St. sale was brokered for Verizon NJ by Matthew Schnurr and John Hoffman of Grubb & Ellis, who continue to market the other two assets. Accordia represented itself.

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NASCAR finds infraction in Edwards’ winning car

LAS VEGAS — For now, Carl Edwards’ victory in Sunday’s UAW-Dodge 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway remains intact.

But during postrace inspection, NASCAR officials discovered the lid, or cover, was missing from the oil reservoir encasement, an infraction that falls under the general classification of unauthorized aerodynamic modifications — the intent being to allow air to pass from the inside to the outside of the car.

Edwards’ No. 99 Ford will be taken to NASCAR’s research and development center in Concord, N.C., for further examination. If penalties are warranted, they will be announced later, but as of now the victory stands, according to NASCAR spokesperson Ramsey Poston.

Five Nationwide Series teams were penalized for having improperly secured oil tank lids two weeks ago at Daytona. Drivers Kertus Davis, Johnny Sauter, David Gilliland, David Stremme and Cale Gale each lost 25 championship points for the violations.

The owners of the cars also were penalized 25 points, and the five crew chiefs were hit with $15,000 fines and six-race suspensions.

With two straight wins, Edwards currently leads the Sprint Cup standings by 21 points over Kyle Busch.

The oil tank reservoir is mounted in the rear firewall behind the driver’s seat. NASCAR’s rules require the encasement cover to be made of 22-gauge magnetic steel. Quick-release fasteners may not be used to secure the lid.

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