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Secondary Containment Structures Regulatory Requirements for Hazardous Materials

Tim Laughlin, PE

This course does not contain structural engineering design or soils engineering information or calculations. Many other classes offer more design details on slab on grade and/or pier footing design regarding secondary containment point & lateral loads and soil bearing pressures. This class does not discuss secondary containment options for wastewater treatment facilities and landfill liners.

The author has attempted to explain and suggest engineering recommendations for proper construction and installation of secondary containment systems for hazardous materials, petroleum/vegetable oils, and animal fats. Spill controls of these fluids are regulated mainly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA). States and even local agencies may have regulations of various degrees regarding spill control of these fluids.

Frequently US EPA regulations stipulate requirements for secondary containment. However, national fire codes and other agencies such as the USDA-NRCS and/or OHSA provide other requirements. Therefore, Fire Codes (NFPA or IFC) should also be included for the proper installation of secondary containment storage systems in accordance with US EPA regulations concerning environmental compliance.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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