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Underground Storage Tanks

Underground storage tanks (usts) are large containers that have at least 10 percent of their volume and associated piping underground. Underground storage tanks usually contain petroleum or other hazardous gaseous or liquid materials. In 2006, there were about 680,000 underground storage tanks in the United States. The petroleum or other materials that they contain are almost always hazardous to humans, animals, or to the general environment. Whenever an underground storage tank leaks it causes damage to the environment. Quite often water wells in the area have to be shut off because of contamination. In addition to the underground storage tanks in use, there are a large unknown number of old abandoned underground storage tanks. Until the middle of the 1980s, underground storage tanks were made ...

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