1) Why does the tank have to be certified?
Tanks containing hazardous waste, as defined by the state of California, have to be certified in accordance with California Title 22 66265.192 which cites the requirements to be placed on such a tank. In briefest terms, the tank has to be certified as integral, as secondarily contained, that secondary containment has to be integral and the tank must be secured seismically.
2) What if the tank is not in “certifiable condition?”
Salmon and Schroeder will, after initial examination of the tank(s) provide you with handwritten notes and sketches for what must be done to the tank. Upon request we can provide a quote from a contractor to bring the tank up to standard. We do not specify modification for the sake of selling the contracting services. They are offered as a courtesy as so many customers have requested it.
3) Why do many tank installations require anchoring upgrades?
Aboveground tanks are installed in accordance with Uniform Building Code standards. In the case of a Hazardous Waste Tank System Assessment a Professional Engineer (PE) certifies under penalty of law that the tank installation complies with California hazardous waste codes, which includes additional strict seismic security specifications. As there are significant penalties for submitting false information, including the fines, imprisonment and losing their license, the PE requires tank anchoring to meet or exceed accepted engineering seismic specifications.
3) What is the certification process?
There are three steps to the process; an initial visit, the modification cycle and an inspection visit. First we visit and look the tank over. If it is in certifiable condition, we will proceed with certification. If it is not in certifiable condition, we execute the procedure described in the preceding question. Then we will return and perform the formal inspection for certification. After processing in our engineering department your certification will be issued.
4) How long is the certification good for?
By regulation, certifications are good for five years. As a routine part of our service Salmon & Schroeder Tank Certification will contact you a few months before renewal is due.
5) How much does a tank certification cost?
Salmon and Schroeder’s base price for a single tank at a single location is $900. However, prices vary with distance, multiple tanks at a single location or multiple locations, additional work product produced beyond on- site sketches, or if you elect to use our contractor for modification services. We are also willing to lock prices in over multiple years for very large, multi-location organizations.