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Spill Prevention



  •       Spill buckets temporarily contain product spills that might occur during fuel delivery, therefore they must be liquid tight.

  •       If needed, after fuel delivery the spill bucket must be quickly emptied and the contents disposed of properly.

  •      Spill buckets need to be large enough to contain any fuel that may spill when the delivery hose is uncoupled from the fill pipe.

 Properly Maintaining Your Spill Bucket 

      Keep your spill bucket empty of liquids. - Some spill buckets are equipped with a valve that allows you to drain accumulated fuel into the tank. Others may be equipped with a manual pump so that fuel can be pumped into the tank through the fill pipe. When you pump out or drain your spill bucket into the tank any water or debris may also enter the tank. If a spill bucket is not equipped with a drain valve or pump, then any accumulated fuel or water must be removed manually and disposed of properly.

       Periodically check your spill bucket and remove any debris. - Debris could include soil, stones, or trash.

       Periodically check to see if your spill bucket is still liquid tight. - Have a qualified UST contractor inspect your spill bucket for signs of wear, cracks, or holes. Based upon this inspection, you may need to determine if the spill bucket is tight or needs repair or replacement.


Compliance with UST regulations is a pre-requisite for remaining eligible for Financial Assurance Fund coverage and claim reimbursement.

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