Liquid and material that is removed from the tank(s) is considered a hazardous waste by the EPA. The liquid consists mostly of water however it has come into contact with fuel (petroleum). Petroleum Contact Water (PCW) is one term that has emerged as a description. Two departments have been working together regarding the waste. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the governming body regarding the waste and the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates any transportation of that waste.

There are several Ohio EPA policies released by the Department of Materials and Waste Management. You are most likely considered a CESQG - Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator. North Coast Tank can discuss these policy guidance documents with you.

site accumulation

Site accumulation is defined in Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) rule 3745-52-34(C). It is intended to be used as guidance by hazardous waste generators and inspectors to improve their understanding and compliance with the satellite accumulation requirements. The major concepts addressed in the policy are:

  • Each satellite accumulation area is limited to 55 gallons of hazardous waste accumulated from each point of generation.
  • Distinct satellite accumulation areas may be in close proximity.
  • There may be multiple operators of a single process.
  • There may be multiple operators of similar processes in the same area who accumulate their wastes in the same container.