Site Compliance Services

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Fuel Compliance /

Fuel Polishing

From the moment diesel fuel is transported it is being contaminated. With improper monitoring and care, the fuel can phase separate and become murky. Regular fuel testing/polishing can uncover potential engine killers and solve the problem before it becomes one. We offer a visual inspection by gently placing a bacon bomb into the tank to gather some fuel. We then compare this fuel to a sample of clean fuel. (please see the picture above)

In this visual inspection we look for color differences as they indicate oxidation and/or contamination from dirt, water or other sources which can cause operational problems. SECO can then send in that sample to a lab for a minimal fee. The lab test can identify chemical amounts, contamination levels, water levels and many different properties of your fuel. If contamination is found we can bring our fuel polisher to your site and clean the diesel to keep your life hassle free.

Our state of the art fuel polisher can clean fuel at a rate of 40+ gallons per minute, insuring that we cycle through the fuel several times to make sure all the contaminates are filtered out. While it may not seem like a problem now, once bad diesel is pumped into generators or trucks, unexpected problems may begin to formulate. Our fuel polishing service will allow you to avoid this problem.

We take your facilities operations in to our own hands by providing your teams with our best interest. All AST (above ground storage tanks) or UST (underground storage tanks) containing diesel fuel are mandatory to be tested semi annually. Every generator powered by diesel fuel is required by NFPA 110 Standard for Emergency & Standby power systems to be tested semi annually (twice a year). Diesel fuel can be stored 6 months to 1 year, but it requires fuel stabilization & biocides. To be safe, Superior Equipment recommends pulling fuel samples at least 4 times a year from every tank on / off site & have it professionally tested because a visual test is not always accurate.

To learn more about our fuel polishing strategy, please contact us direct by clicking here.

Environmental Compliance

In order to operate or service equipment in construction, we are required to conform to environmental laws, regulations, standards and other requirements such as site permits to operate. In recent years, environmental concerns have led to a significant increase in the number and scope of compliance imperatives across all global regulatory environments. Being closely related, environmental concerns and compliance activities are increasingly being aligned with corporate performance goals and being integrated to some extent to avoid conflicts, wasteful overlaps, and gaps.

Compliance with the above requirements and obligations, requires meeting certain conditions. Typically, these include:

  • Managing monitoring programs or schedules, ensuring that the monitoring required in the permit has been done, at the correct locations, for the correct parameters, and at the correct frequency

  • Pre-processing, performing calculations and validating the data for compliance with any alert or reporting levels

  • Generating routine compliance reports for authorities.

The management of the above can be complex and time-consuming, leading to an increasing uptake of software systems designed to manage environmental compliance. These are often referred to as 'Environmental Data Management Systems' (EDMS). Criteria must be considered when selecting environmental compliance software: proven capability, high performance, transparent, traceable data handling, a robust calculation engine, advanced factor handling, simple integration, automated workflows and QA, and flexible reporting and data extraction.

 

UST (Underground Storage Tank) Partnership

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In 2019, Superior Equipment decided to partner with Canary Compliance to provide our partners with immediate service for all priority calls relating to UST disturbances. We teamed up because together we are not just a service provid but a solution provider sharing the same mindset, we believe compliance calls should decrease when proper equipment, communications & tasks are in place for epic gains. They bring insight & intelligence to remote underground Storage Tank Monitoring & we provide over 100 years of professional experience designing, procuring, installing, servicing & providing compliance for our partners. We don’t have time for failures, therefore we; Superior & Canary will continue to bring in reliable success.

EPA designed part of the technical regulations for underground storage tank (UST) systems to prevent releases from USTs. The regulations require owners and operators to properly install UST systems and protect their USTs from spills, overfills, and corrosion and require correct filling practices to be followed. In addition, owners and operators must report the existence of new UST systems, suspected releases, UST system closures, and keep records of operation and maintenance.

The greatest potential hazard from a leaking UST is that petroleum or other hazardous substances can seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans (USGS 2003). A release from an UST can also present other health and environmental risks, including potential for fire and explosion.

Compliance Testing by Superior Equipment Technicians

All testing is conducted by Superior Equipment’s certified technicians in: ICC , OSHA 40hour & HAZWOPER Trained & Confined Space Entry, Department of Agriculture Weights & Measures of IL & MO, Estabrook (line leak & tank test)

Commercial (Hi Flow) & Retail Meter Calibration: Inaccurate calibration due to meter drift, meter wear or lack of preventative maintenance can cost site owners thousands per year in lost gallons at the nozzle. (PEI RP1200)

Vacuum Truck Services: Our vacuum truck’s tank is measured to hold 2,500 gallons & legal hauling weight is 2,200 gallons. Our truck is primarily used for emergency fuel drops, tank cleaning practices, HAZWOPER fluid transfers, hydro static testing & removal of sludge.

Internal Tank Lining Inspections: Confined space entry trained technicians utilize the tripod re-tractor to get inside of the tank wearing proper PPE to test the tank lining with special computerized equipment. (PEI RP1200)

Cathodic Protection Testing: We perform re-certification testing for both impressed current Cathodic Protection systems & also Sacrificial Cathodic Protection systems. (PEI RP1200)

Helium Leak Trace Testing: This form of leak trace testing is to find an extremely hard place to locate the leak source. (PEI RP1200)

Spill Bucket / Containment Sump Testing: Regulation enforcement begins 10/13/2018 for Illinois & testing in Missouri begins in 2019 with completion dates of 1/1/2020 to insure all spill buckets are leak proof. (PEI RP1200)

Overfill Prevention Equipment Testing: The OPV is required to be tested & installed correctly to confirm there won’t be overflow, ultimately saving money on cleanup cost in the event of an OPV failure or defect. (PEI RP1200)

Tank, Line & Leak Detection: We are certified to to test tanks up to 30,000 gallon capacity. We utilize Tank Tightness, Precision Line Tightness & Leak detector equipment that is 3rd party certified & approved by National Work Group on Leak Detection. (PEI RP1200)

Notice of Violations: Correct deficiencies & NOV non-compliance issues, but if not resolved in a specific amount of time by the state, the site may be shutdown. (PEI RP1200)



AST (Above-ground storage tank)

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Facilities with above ground storage tanks (ASTs) holding oils of any kind may be subject to U.S. EPA's Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulation (40 CFR Part 112). The SPCC regulation does not specifically use the term AST, but rather includes ASTs under the term bulk storage container.

EPA’s oil spill prevention program includes the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rules. The SPCC rule helps facilities prevent a discharge of oil into navigable waters or adjoining shorelines. The FRP rule requires certain facilities to submit a response plan and prepare to respond to a worst case oil discharge or threat of a discharge.

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Before contracting Superior Equipment Company to conduct our in ground fuel tanks cleaning and inspection we gave the work to another similar service company who apparently sub contracted to a second company. The Sub conducted tank and line tightness tests followed by a camera inspection of the tanks of which there are 4 = 2 - 10,000 gallon and 2 – 12,000 gallon. The experience dealing with the sub and the original service company was unsatisfying at best. The line and tank tests were not scheduled together and only rescheduled after repeated calls from us. Then the sub showed up at the wrong facility and conducted tank tests resulting in more rescheduling. Then the camera inspection was conducted in spite of the fact the performing technician perceived they were dirty and mentioned he almost never inspected diesel fuel tanks that had not been already cleaned. In fact repeated calls to the service company from us as to whether we should post pone further camera inspection after the first two were done produced no response. We felt we could have saved the fee and cleaned the remaining tanks first if we could get a response. There were weeks between the first half inspection and the second yet we could not acquire any information until after the second inspection was undertaken, then they quickly told us the first tanks had failed because of dirt and sludge. The inspection company would be happy to now clean then re inspect. I wanted at that point to be done with them, my superiors agreed.
I sought four competitive bids for cleaning and inspection and ultimately we selected Superior. They worked with us to schedule the job in two installments. They showed up on time cleaning and physically inspecting two tanks the same day. Their technicians completed each segment on time, actually a bit early and even swept up the area around the tanks before leaving. Interaction with the office staff and onsite technicians was smooth and effortless. Any questions we posed were answered thoroughly. Their professionalism made our previous experience feel even more ridiculous. I would certainly recommend Superior to a company with similar needs.
— Keith, Hogan