Publications

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 »


Determining When You Need a Liquid Fertilizer Storage Tank Inspection

Have you ever wrestled with remembering when a liquid fertilizer tank needs to be inspected next or had a debate in the office as to how often the liquid storage tanks need to be inspected?  With no federal regulations on liquid fertilizer tank inspections, inspection timing can be confusing.  The Fertilizer Institute, individual state statutes… Read more »


New Registration & Inspection Requirements of West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tanks

On June 6, 2014, the West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act becomes effective, triggering the requirement to register and inspect all qualified aboveground liquid storage tanks. The Act, which is Article 30 of West Virginia Senate Bill 373, requires registration of a tank, operational or nonoperational, if it meets the following criteria: stores more than… Read more »


Maintaining Storage Tank Integrity Through Inspections

Heartland Tank’s Chris Brooks was featured in an article by AgPro: Chris Brooks, president of Heartland Tank Services, Inc. stressed the type of inspection routinely needed for large storage tanks that have been in service for a few years during the 2011 National Agronomic, Environmental, Health and Safety School. Brooks said, “Due to the corrosive… Read more »


Importance of Regular API 653 Standard Inspections

Just like a car, house, or any other structure, regular inspection and maintenance is critical to obtain the longest lifespan of your fertilizer storage tank. Other reasons to regularly inspect your tank are: Establish Baseline of Tank Condition and Corrosion Rates Identify Problems and Needed Repairs before Significant Leak or Release Occurs Prevent Leaks into… Read more »


Liquid Storage Tank Care

Heartland Tank’s Brian Hasselbring was featured in an article by AgPro: Preserving liquid fertilizer quality requires maintaining storage tanks that provide the best opportunity to maximize product shelf-life while meeting most state and national guidelines. “All liquid fertilizers are different, but can be managed appropriately. Retailers should be careful not to use liquid storage tanks… Read more »


Field Erected Fertilizer Storage Tanks and Using the API 650 Standard

Most states have adopted containment regulations for liquid fertilizer operations using aboveground fertilizer tanks. Some state regulations specify a standard for new tank construction and others do not. API 650, the standard used by Heartland Tank LLC, is the internationally recognized standard for building field erected aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). The API 650 Standard was… Read more »