Articles - Secondary Containment

Preventing Transformer and Substation Fires with Below-Grade Secondary Containment

On May 9, 2015, an electrical transformer at the Indian Point Energy Center, a nuclear plant located about 40 miles outside of New York City, caught fire. Though actions were swiftly taken to shut down the plant, an unknown amount was confirmed to have spilled...

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A Goldilocks Design for Secondary Oil Containment: Walls, Floor, Drainage

Anyone with children is familiar with the story of "Goldilocks and The Three Bears," in which a young girl named Goldilocks stumbles into a house owned by three bears. She brazenly attempts to...

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Not All Secondary Containment Is Created Equal: The Burdens of Earthen Berms

Deciding what sort of secondary containment to implement at your facility to comply with SPCC regulations can be tricky. There are many options available, and all have advantages as well as tradeoffs. Some companies choose to utilize solutions that...

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EPA Uses Efficient, Inexpensive EVAC System for Dewatering Equipment

When a frac tank full of oily waste had to be emptied, the EPA used the EVAC Filtration System to dewater it. Not only were hydrocarbons captured and sediment removed, the EVAC System cost only a fraction of the use of a vacuum truck, saving...

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Not All Secondary Containment Is Created Equal: Pros & Cons of Concrete Containment

Modern man lives in a concrete jungle – it’s all around us, the core ingredient to so many fundamental facets of our infrastructures, from our roadways to high-rise buildings to sports arenas to hydroelectric power plants that keep the lights...

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Not All Secondary Containment Is Created Equal: Tricks and Treats of Leaving a Smaller Footprint

We all want to do our part in taking care of this wonderful, sustainable eco-system known as Earth. As Halloween approaches and a kaleidoscope of colorful leaves slip toward the ground, we are reminded that our time wandering over her landscapes...

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One EVAC Filtration System Works Great, but How About 7?

An Illinois utility used the EVAC Filtration System to assist in the dewatering of vaults and manholes in the City of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The EVAC System uses state-of-the-art filtration technology to remove suspended solids and light sheen...

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Understanding Variables That Define Secondary Containment System Design

Throughout the years of providing secondary containment systems and solutions for utility companies, we’ve realized that the only constant in the design of Geomembrane Liner with Barrier Boom systems is that there is no constant...

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What’s All the Blarney about Oil Containment Stone

March is such a great month. Every year, it gives us the first day of spring, March Madness and all the associated basketball craziness, and of course, the holiday that brings out the Irish in us all (along with green beer in pubs all over the world)...

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What is an Oil Solidifier?

Oil solidifiers, like Justrite’s Oil Solidifying Polymers (formerly known as C.I.Agent), are composed of dry, high molecular weight polymers that have a porous matrix and large oleophilic (strong affinity for oil rather than water) surface area. Upon contact with oil...

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Case Study: Electric Utility Saves on Secondary Containment O&M Costs with High-Flow Oil Water Filtration System

An electric utility in metropolitan New York City utilizes concrete secondary containment moats in substations throughout its vast network. Following storms with heavy rain fall, the moats filled with large volumes of water. This water needed to be evacuated...

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Hydrostatic Pressure Test Proves This New Secondary Containment Solution Won’t Leak

An electric utility installed a 60 mil HDPE liner and sump pump for secondary containment at a transformer pit. A few months later, a site inspector checked the pit’s sump can. Surprisingly, it contained no water...

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How to Protect Solar Transformers from Unexpected Oil Spills

The United States solar industry is booming. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association, it boasts an annual average growth rate of 59 percent over the last decade. Utility scale projects accounted for 59 percent of new solar installations...

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SPCC Requirements for Transformers: 3 Questions to Ask

Substation transformer failures have the potential to release large amounts of oil, which can pollute the environment and damage plant and animal life. Any incident of this nature draws negative media coverage and results in costly...

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Meeting SPCC Regulations: What Size Transformer Oil Containment System Do I Need?

Secondary oil containment around transformers is critical for capturing oil spills and protecting the environment. SPCC regulations provide guidance for containing oil-filled equipment. The rule specifies sizing oil containment systems to contain the...

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The Drivability of Justrite Secondary Oil Containment Systems

Can we use your secondary oil containment systems even if we need to drive our maintenance trucks, equipment and vehicles into the containment area? We hear this question often, generally regarding older substations that need to be...

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