Applied Service Corp

Underground Storage Tank Removal (UST)

Homeowners and commercial building owners alike are taking preventive measures and having underground storage tanks removed before they become a problem. Applied's personnel have experience in over 10,000 storage tank removals in more than 100 towns in New Jersey. On the average, we remove approximately 500 tanks per year. The key to our success has always been experience and customer service. We visit each site, and take the time to explain the entire process from start to finish. We handle the permitting process and coordinate all inspections. Our staff is OSHA-trained and certified by the NJDEP. These certifications give our clients the added peace of mind they need to know the project will be handled properly from start to finish by experienced professionals.

In New Jersey, underground storage tank removal is divided into 2 categories; Regulated & Non-Regulated.

Non-Regulated Underground Tanks are...

  • Residential heating oil tanks OF ANY SIZE. (For instance, even a 10,000-gallon underground heating oil tank for an apartment building would be considered non-regulated).
  • Motor Fuel for agricultural use, up to 1,100 gallons
  • Residential underground tanks storing motor fuel for non-commercial use, up to 1,100 gallons.
  • Tanks situated in an underground area including, but not limited to, basements, cellars, mines, drift shafts, or tunnels, if the storage tank is situated upon or above the surface of the floor.

Non-regulated tank require only a local Building Department permit, and inspection by the local building authorities.

No sampling is required, as long as the local building inspector agrees there is no leakage from the tank. There is no involvement with the NJDEP as long as the there is no leakage from the tank.

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Services Included with Non-Regulated UST Work...

  • Free site visits available 6 days a week to ensure access with our equipment, and to explain the process in person to you.
  • Obtaining mark out of public utility lines on your property, to ensure all work is performed safely and efficiently.
  • Filling out all required permit applications (This is done for only of the cost of the permits. Many companies charge you for this service).
  • The tank is safely cut, and the remaining contents cleaned and drummed by our OSHA certified field technicians.
  • Proper manifesting and disposal of tank sludge. (This is included in the cost of the removal. Many companies charge you additionally for sludge disposal, or try to include the cost of a vacuum truck. Most small residential tanks are cleaned by hand, and sludge is drummed for disposal).
  • Proper disposal of tank shell and piping at a recycling facility.
  • Backfilling, compacting, re-grading, and hand-rake work areas.
  • Copies of all disposal receipts are submitted to customer and local authorities for final approval.
  • A non-leaking residential storage tank removal is typically completed in one day.

Additional Required Services Included for Regulated UST Work...


PLEASE NOTE: As of May 12, 2012, all regulated tank removals in the state of New Jersey are to proceed under the direct supervision of a Licensed Site Remediation Professional (LSRP), as set forth in N.J.S.A. 58:10B-1.3b (1) through (9). Applied Service has several LSRP's on-staff to ensure proper compliance.


  • Ensure registration on the regulated tank is current.
  • Prepare and submit closure plan to the NJDEP Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks.
  • Provide direct on-site supervision with one of our on-staff LSRPs, as required by the NJDEP.
  • Perform all required post excavation sampling procedures in accordance with N.J.A.C. 7:26E, and all applicable NJDEP guidance documents.
  • Once the underground tank has been removed, de-list it from the NJDEP NJDEP Bureau of Underground Storage Tanks database.
  • Submit all required regulatory data and reports.
  • Issue a Response Action outcome to the NJDEP, if appropriate.

Tank “Abandonment-in Place”

Our experience has shown that it's best to have the tank removed from the ground completely. When trying to sell your home in New Jersey, mortgage companies are reluctant to write a mortgage on a house with an abandoned in place tank. The customer then ends up paying once again to have the tank removed. Some towns even go so far as to not allow abandonment in place, unless there are structural issues involved. If a tank must be abandoned in place due to circumstances, Applied Service Corp will protect the customer's interests by soil testing below the tank after it's cleaned out to ensure there has been no leakage. That way, you will have soil analysis on record to show potential buyers, their attorneys, and their mortgage company.

Leaking Underground Storage Tanks

Unfortunately, some tanks leak. When a suspected discharge from and underground tank has occurred, it's important to trust the work to a company with years of experience that specializes in the remediation of leaking underground storage tanks. In addition to the hundreds of tanks we remove each year, we also remediate over 200 leaking tanks per year. Our experience in the area of remediation is unparalleled by any other company in northern New Jersey. Our expertise is recognized and trusted by the NJDEP, insurance carriers, fuel oil companies, homeowners, and business owners.

We work quickly and efficiently to determine the fastest and most cost-effective method of cleaning up your site and obtaining closure form the NJDEP. We work with all insurance carriers, as well as the Leaking Tank Grant program with the State of New Jersey Economic Development Authority. You'll have peace of mind knowing one of the most knowledgeable and trusted names in the environmental field is behind you. Please see the Remediation for more information.