Fuel Spills - What you need to know
and dispensing is regulated in accordance with the Energy Act of 2005 by both
the State and Federal government.
are set up to protect human health and the environment.
Tank systems (USTs) are built to prevent leaks and spills by having secondary
values, shear vales, etc
These tanks are
monitored continuously for the presence of liquids, and prevent leaks from reaching
inspections are also performed checking for leaking swivels and nozzles, checking
into complaints of the automatic nozzles not shutting off, fuel on the cement,
and any unusual conditions.
with these regulations in place, leaks occur or spills happen. When they do the
following must be done:
immediate action to prevent the release of more product.
off the power to the dispenser and “bag” the nozzle if you suspect a pipe leak.
sure you know where your emergency shutoff switch is located. Signs are posted and visible for shut off
2. Contain the Spill or Overfill
absorb, and clean up any surface spills or overfills immediately.
dry is available at the fuel island for very small spills.
spills over 1 gallon, Spill Kits with absorbent socks, pads, etc are available.
identify any fire, explosion, or vapor hazards and take action to neutralize
of Spills and Overfills
our fuel emergency number 801-833-8553 for the following:
1 gallon or more
not shutting off
leaking from dispenser, hose or nozzle
with clean-up of spill
the incident threatens public health or the environment and requires immediate
action by local authorities - call 911.
information can be found at Utah Department of Environmental Quality website
Thanks to Dana
Dmitrich, for her knowledge and help with this article. Dana is the Fuel
Specialist for Salt Lake County Fleet Management.
Salt Lake County Fleet Management
Salt Lake County Fleet maintains approximately 3,000 vehicles & equipment that travels over 18 million miles a year with a fuel consumption of nearly 2 million gallons.