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Hiring someone to remove an underground oil tank should cost about $1811.82.
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  1. Regulations. The EPA has established a set of policies and procedures about the removal of underground storage tanks (or USTs). You can read more about them here. Additionally, individual states may have their own set of regulations. For example, if you are removing a heating oil tank in New Jersey, you must notify the NJ Department of Environmental Protection at least 14 days prior to the day you intend to close the tank.

  2. Permitting. In most states, fuel tank removal will require a permit. Permit inspection fees can vary greatly from city to city.

  3. Is soil testing included? Your fuel tank removal quote should include soil testing. The removal service will collect several samples and send them to the lab for testing. Over time, metal tanks may become corroded and leak, contaminating the surrounding soil and underground water supplies. Issues like this can go undetected for many years. Even a tiny leak has the potential to cause significant harm.

  4. Oil cleanup and soil remediation. The cost of fuel tank removal will be significantly higher if your tank has leaked hazardous material. Cleanup and soil remediation costs can range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars - depending on the extent of the damage.

  5. Is decommissioning an option? Permanently removing the tank may not be your only option. In some cases, you may be able to decommission the tank. If you live in Seattle and have a heating oil tank that has been out of service for over a year, you are required by the fire code to decommission (or remove) the tank. If this is the case, any remaining fuel will be pumped out of the tank. Then, the tank is cleaned and filled with sand, cement, or another similar material. Every job is different. "Abandon-in-place" solutions, like this, are not always appropriate.

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