Underground Storage Tank (UST) Removal
Mobile Fueling Offers a Solution
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are more than 500,000 active underground storage tanks nationwide. Of those, more than 60,000 are releasing toxic chemicals into the environment. With the EPA cracking down on the removal and remediation of aging USTs to prevent further pollution, tank owners and operators face losing their on-site fuel supply, putting them at risk of interrupted business operations or worse, full shutdown.
The greatest potential hazard from a leaking UST is that the petroleum or other hazardous substance can seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Challenges with USTs
Underground fuel storage tanks develop leaks over time as they age and deteriorate. This can be caused by exposure to the elements or physical damage to the tank. These leaks contaminate the environment around the tanks, not only threatening our natural habitats but also posing public health risks.
Ensuring underground storage tanks adhere to state and local regulations, especially those in place to protect against contamination of surrounding environments, can create significant cost burden for UST owners and operators. Not following these regulations can result in financial penalties and loss of community trust.
In California, underground storage tanks with single-walled components will be permanently outlawed by the end of 2025. Penalties for violations will range from $500 to $5,000 per tank, per day. Switching to mobile fueling with Booster eliminates the need for USTs, saving costly infrastructure upgrades, avoiding harmful leaks, and streamlining compliance.
Mobile Fueling Offers a Solution
Alternative solutions to underground storage tanks
This is where Booster comes in. Once the tank has been removed, Booster’s mobile energy service delivers a range of fuels (including conventional and renewable options) directly to vehicles, completely eliminating the need for investment in USTs — and for costly and time-consuming trips to the gas station. Our service professionals arrive on site with a Smart Tanker containing the desired fuel, ready to fill fleet vehicles during their non-operating hours.
Mobile Fueling On-Demand
Booster mobile fueling enables customers to explore more sustainable energy solutions by ending their reliance on USTs and adopting Booster’s mobile fuel delivery model. Booster delivers a variety of fuels (including conventional and renewable options) directly to vehicles, completely eliminating the need for investment in USTs — and for costly and time-consuming trips to the gas station.
Mobile Fueling Helps Ensure Continuity in Fueling Operations
The urgency placed on USTs by the EPA has highlighted the capital expenditure cost to remove and replace these tanks – which can cost upwards of $1 million. To address this issue, Booster has launched a UST Migration Plan designed to help customers end their reliance on USTs, move to Booster’s mobile fuel delivery service, and explore sustainable solutions.
By investing in mobile, modular Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions, customers are able to focus on running their core business successfully, and not spend time worrying over their fueling and energy operations. Booster’s mobile fuel delivery service transitions customers away from significant capital expenditure investment and shifts it to operational expenditure, putting customers on a path forward with a sustainability roadmap.
While USTs are decommissioned or under repair, companies can turn to Booster’s mobile fuel delivery platform to ensure continuity in fueling operations. Our mobile fueling model can bridge the gap during tank replacement — or for those owners and operators who ditch the tank entirely, provide a long-term fueling solution.
Strategic Partnerships Accelerate Efforts
To ease UST removal efforts, Booster partners with Ambipar Response, which offers tank removal and replacement services, including compliance with regulations, early identification of potential environmental issues, required reporting, soil remediation and more.
Under the partnership, Ambipar will remove and remediate leaking tanks while Booster’s mobile energy delivery platform ensures continuous access to a reliable fuel supply chain.