Environment Agency Urges Homeowners and Householders To Check Their Tanks
7th October 2006
With the arrival of autumn and cooler weather the Environment Agency in England and Wales is reminding over a million householders who use oil systems to heat their homes, to thoroughly check their oil storage tanks before they top up for the winter.
When stored responsibly, oil is a clean and environmentally responsible fuel choice. However, leaking oil can contaminate the ground, kill plants, harm wildlife and smell strongly for weeks. At worst it can pollute rivers and contaminate water supplies. There is also a risk of oil leaking into a neighbouring property which can lead to expensive clean-up bills and possible litigation. Such events are not always covered by home insurance.
"Each year the Environment Agency deals with about 4,000 oil incidents and a substantial number of these are due to leaks and spills from domestic storage tanks." said the Environment Agency’s Richard Martin. The Environment Agency suggests that householders take the following steps:
In September 2005 a new set of rules came into force that set strict new standards for oil storage facilities. The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations apply to all existing domestic tanks over 3,500 litres (770 gallons) and most commercial and public premises.
For further information visit the Environment Agency online or call the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.
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Article Last Updated 7th October 2006