The Environment Health & Safety Office administers the University's Petroleum Bulk Storage Program. Cornell University currently has aboveground storage tanks and underground storage tanks registered with the NYSDEC. All measures are taken to not only ensure compliance with regulations (NYSDEC & EPA) for the handling and storage of petroleum, but additional Best Management Practices have also been implemented in order to protect the public health, welfare and the lands and waters of the State.
Operators and Facility Managers are tasked with ensuring operational compliance on a day-to-day basis by:
- Performing monthly inspections of tanks and valving,
- Testing of alarms, leak detection systems, overfill prevention and inventory monitoring equipment
- Reviewing integrity of secondary containment systems,
- Conducting Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) training.
- Obtaining Operators ("Class A and Class B") Certification as needed.
The Environmental Health & Safety Office administers the University's Chemical Bulk Storage Program. Cornell University currently has bulk hazardous substances stationary storage tanks registered with the NYSDEC. Regulated Chemical Bulk Storage tanks are defined as (6NYCRR Part 596):
- an aboveground tank storing a hazardous substance, or mixture thereof, with a capacity of one-hundred and eighty-five (185) gallons or greater;
- an underground tank storing a hazardous substance or mixture thereof of any capacity; or
- a non-stationary tank used to store one thousand (1,000) kilograms (2,200 lbs.)
or more of a hazardous substance or mixture thereof for a period of ninety (90)
consecutive days or more.