Underground storage tank removal helps property sell


September 2021 to Present



IEPA Water Pollution Control Loan

When a Rockford, Illinois, landowner faced challenges selling a property that had an underground storage tank (UST), they hired Fehr Graham to help navigate the complicated process.

The potential buyer wasn't comfortable with risks that came with purchasing a property with a UST, and the owner needed guidance to remove the unpermitted tank and expertise to provide required documentation to state agencies. Our team consulted and directed the seller through a safe and reliable procedure to get the UST removed and property sold.

Fehr Graham conducted a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) that identified a fill port cap set in concrete, which was evidence of an orphan UST. The client identified fuel oil within the cap, indicating a tank. Fehr Graham recommended and coordinated with licensed UST contractor Stiles Inc. of Loves Park to remove the tank under supervision of the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM). The UST had no documentation of installation or use, excusing it from modern day regulations.

During removal, we used field screening equipment to detect volatile impacts in soil. We tested for fuel oil indicator contaminants in soil confirmation samples. Once the tank was removed, we collected additional samples for lab analysis and submitted all state agency reporting, including a Site Assessment Report to OSFM.
Confirmation samples were favorable and allowed the tank removal to happen under permit without incident or referral to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program.

When private owners don't know where to start when it comes to addressing underground environmental issues, Fehr Graham can step in and make the process easy.

The initial results scared me a bit, but Fehr Graham's willingness to explain things to us and their follow up with the State Fire Marshall to understand their process was helpful."

Sue Salvi Buckwalter

» Environmental consulting.
» Phase I ESA.
» Soil confirmation sampling for laboratory analysis.
» State agency reporting.