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What Should be in an API 653 Tank Inspection Report? – Part 1 Executive Summary

Being a responsible above ground storage tank owner, you just had an API 653 certified inspection complete a full API 653 tank inspection to either fulfill your state requirements or based on The Fertilizer Institute’s recommendation of conducting an  API 653 inspection every five years.  The API 653 inspector should provide you with a report… Read more »


Heartland Tank Companies Showcase API 650 Tanks and PVC Tank Liners at Agricultural Trade Shows

Tis the season for agricultural conferences and trade shows all across the country for education and to display all of the new products that can be used for agriculture from seeds to fertilizer applicators to above ground storage tanks.  The types of shows range from state to regional to national in scope.  Each conference and… Read more »


Differences of Field Erected Tanks and Shop-Fabricated Tanks

Aboveground storage tanks are essential to life as we know it.  So many products that we use in our daily life relied in some part on an aboveground storage tank that contained fertilizer, water, oil, a processing chemical, or some other liquid. While the purpose and concept are exactly the same, there are two ways… Read more »


How PVC Secondary Containment Liners for Aboveground Storage Tanks Work

Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Secondary Containment Liners are more commonly used in the liquid fertilizer industry to satisfy many state secondary containment requirements for aboveground storage tanks.  Most secondary containment methods serve as catch containers and only come in contact with the product when it leaks from the tank.  A flexible PVC internal tank liner… Read more »


New West Virginia Regulations for Aboveground Storage Tanks

The deadline to register above ground storage tanks (“ASTs”) subject to the West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act (“Tank Act”) has passed but more is on the horizon for tank owners.  This includes upcoming deadlines as well as recently published draft regulations to flesh out the details of the Tank Act. First, AST owners subject… Read more »


Basics of API 653 Standard for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Storage tank owners usually hear the term API 653 Standard in the context of aboveground storage tank inspections.  This is rightly so, because API 653 is the internationally recognized standard for inspecting aboveground welded storage tanks storing products at atmospheric pressure. However, the API 653 Standard covers more than the requirements for an API 653… Read more »


DEP Proposed Rule on West Virginia Storage Tank Inspections

Partial relief may be in sight from hiring certified inspectors for every tank inspection required for the impending initial West Virginia aboveground tank inspection requirement.  Signed into law on April 1, 2014, the West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act has been criticized by many tank owners as too expansive in the number of tanks required… Read more »


API 650 Tank Joint Welding & Inspection for Field Erected ASTs

Butt welded steel tanks have been a main stay in the field of constructing above ground storage tanks for decades.  Around 1936, welded steel tanks overtook riveted tanks as the preferred method in new above ground storage tank construction.  In step with this change, API standards were published to guide construction of such tanks for… Read more »


Three Reasons to Build Field Erected Tanks to API 650 Standard

The API 650 Standard was first published in 1961 by the American Petroleum Institute to create a consistent methodology by which tanks for the oil and gas industry are built.  For industries that use above ground storage tanks for fertilizer, water, chemicals, food products, etc., there is no federal law requiring the use of API… Read more »


PVC Tank Liners as Effective Alternative Secondary Containment

Are you trying to determine the most effective and cost efficient method to configure a new or used above ground liquid storage tank? This article explains why in most situations the answer is using a PVC tank liner. Using a tank liner is an effective method for secondary containment and less expensive than standard containment… Read more »