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Aboveground storage tank regulations changing in West Virginia

Aboveground storage tank regulations changing in West Virginia

WV Aboveground Storage Tank Regulations Changing

A disastrous spill of chemicals into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia early this year left 300,000 people without clean drinking water and prompted legislation mandating tighter regulations for inspecting aboveground storage tanks.

The spill, which left area residents completely reliant on bottled water, understandably prompted fears that a similar incident could again occur in the future. Legislators responded with Senate Bill 373, which contained sections entitled Aboveground Storage Tank Act 22-30 and Public Water Supply Protection Act 22-31.

An Interpretive Rule was released to assist in understanding and complying with the inspection guidelines set out in West Virginia’s Aboveground Storage Tank Act. Broadly speaking, this new legislation requires aboveground storage tank (ASTs) owners to have their tanks inspected before the first of the year, and to address the issues described in the Interpretive Rule.

We can help

The Interpretive Rule was released solely for the purpose of helping AST owners understand the inspection demands in light of the quick action required. Imminent deadlines have made compliance a tricky issue for AST owners.

Here’s where we come in. US Coatings offers coating specification consulting at no cost to you. Meet with an experienced coatings representative to discuss some of the challenges your tank linings will face. We’ll select coatings based on the appropriate chemical resistances, discuss the application procedure and begin to draw up a maintenance procedure for moving forward.

Corrosion maintenance plans help to reduce instances of unforeseen expenditures on your AST in the future. When well designed, these coatings maintenance budget projections can spread costs out over time and help to avoid the sort of tank lining failures that could be catastrophic for the environment and area residents.

A highly unfortunate turn of events led to a change of regulations in the state of West Virginia. But the burden of that change shouldn’t be unbearable for the state’s AST owners. We think we can help make the transition a little easier.

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Aboveground storage tank regulations changing in West Virginia

Choosing coatings for the power generation market

Coatings for the power generation market

The power generation industry is not a homogenous market. It is often broadly divided into the categories of nuclear and conventional power generation. But the “conventional” category can be divided into well-established power generation methods such as fossil fuels and hydroelectric, and newer, renewable sources such as wind and tidal power generation.

Because these various sources of power generation face such different challenges, and require diverse and sometimes very specific characteristics of their protective coatings, the power generation market possibly has the most to gain from on-site surveys and coating systems recommendations by NACE-certified coatings professionals. Site-specific recommendations based on the unique needs of any given asset in a facility are simply more likely to perform than those recommended by “experts” who have never set foot in the facility.

Power generation operations will share certain needs to be sure. Most of them will likely have large amounts of structural steel that must be guarded against corrosion. High operating temperatures and the need for high temp coatings will be prevalent in power generation facilities using a variety of energy sources. Guarding against corrosion under insulation will likely be a concern.

But there will also be a number of challenges that are unique to each type of industry. Wind turbine coatings will require quick cure times and more UV-resistant properties, for example. Nuclear facilities are subjected to very strict regulatory standards, one area of need being high levels of fireproofing. In hydroelectric facilities, permanently submerged structures need to be taken into account.

Additionally, power generation facilities are likely to have OEM assets that are completely unique to that facility. Sometimes the application process for this type of equipment can be quite complicated. A coatings professional, evaluating the situation on-site, should be able to recognize these situations, and perhaps even make recommendations to the owner on how to proceed.

The better facility managers and owners understand the specific conditions of their own assets (operating temperatures, moisture levels, etc.) the better they can protect those assets. It will also increase their ability to predict when maintenance is required, reducing the likelihood of unscheduled downtime.

Because there is no one-size-fits-all solution for a market as diverse as power generation, it is crucially important that the managers of these facilities work closely with coatings professionals to understand the unique corrosion protection needs of their site. On-site surveys provide an excellent opportunity for achieving this understanding.

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Aboveground storage tank regulations changing in West Virginia

US Coatings partners with industrial coatings distributor for Southwest region

US Coatings is proud to announce its new partnership with B&W Distributors. The Mesa, Arizona-based company will now be distributing industrial coatings products from US Coatings throughout the Southwestern United States.

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B&W Distributors, Inc. has been in business since 1995, striving to supply its customers with the “best infrastructure repair and corrosion control products available.” They pride themselves on choosing only the finest suppliers of specialty coatings, sealants, linings and repair compounds.

“It’s a testament to the quality of our products that such a discerning distributor has chosen to carry our label,” said US Coatings General Manager Mike Reed. “It’s an honor to be partnering with B&W.”

B&W Distributors is a Certified Woman’s Business Enterprise. Visit their website for complete contact information.

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