Using a Self Bailer on Containment Sumps to Filter Hydrocarbons

How do you eliminate problems associated with the collection of rainwater in outdoor containment systems and maintain compliance with EPA and Clean Water Act regulations?  Since most outdoor oil storage tank sumps and oil drum spill pallets will inevitably be exposed to local precipitation and storm water runoff from nearby catchment surfaces, it is necessary to make sure you have measures in place to filter out any oil, fuels or other contaminants that could overflow or leak out of these secondary containment systems.  In fact, the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure Act (SPCC), a set of regulations ‘designed to prevent discharges of oil and oil-related materials from reaching navigable waters and adjoining shorelines’ mandates that industrial and agricultural operators take steps to filter these hydrocarbons before they can leach into the surrounding environment.

According to EPA regulation 40 CFR 264.175, Containment of Containers Containing Free Liquid, a containment system must be designed to operate as follows:

  1. The containment unit must underlie the containers and must be free of cracks or gaps and be sufficiently impervious to contain leaks, spills and accumulated precipitation.
  2. The base of the containment unit must be sloped or designed to drain and remove liquids resulting from leaks, spills or precipitation, unless the containers are elevated or otherwise protected from contact with accumulated liquids.
  3. The containment system must have sufficient capacity to contain 10% of the volume of containers or the volume of the largest container, whichever is greater.

To help eliminate problems associated with the collection of rainwater in outdoor containment sumps, tanks and berms, Interstate Products now offers UltraTech Self Bailers which allow for the passive filtration of hydrocarbons from storm water in outdoor containment products.  This self-bailing filter system is simple to install, can be connected to almost any outdoor containment product, and offers the best protection for non-monitored containment sites.  UltraTech Self Bailers are ideal for use in a variety of applications including: remote oil storage tanks used by farms and agricultural operations, as part of portable truck berm systems and any other outdoor containment areas.  Self Bailers come in a variety of sizes.  The standard size accommodates flow rate of up to 7.5 gallons per hour and larger sizes can handle up to 55 gallons per hour.

By using Self Bailers, modest spills and hydrocarbon “sheens” are captured to provide a clean Stormwater runoff solution.  In the event of larger or more concentrated spills, the filter will activate an auto-shut off mechanism stopping the flow of hazardous liquids or materials.  There is also a manual shutoff valve which can be used to secure all draining operations.  For periodic maintenance the filter cartridge is easy to replace, and the storm water drain should be cleaned through the outflow port.  The UltraTech Self Bailer helps ensure your non-monitored containment sites keep a clean outflow and is an important tool to help you meet or exceed EPA state and federal Stormwater regulations for secondary spill containment.

Interstate Products’ full line of oil drum storage sumps and fuel tank storage products offer the best in hydrocarbon storage, fuel spill containment and oil spill control.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, IPI experts are here to help our customers source the right secondary containment products for their individual needs.  Contact us toll free at 1-800-474-7294.  To view our full selection of oil containment products please visit:

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How to Select Hard Top Outdoor Drum Storage Products

Interstate Products adds new resources to website making product selection smarter than ever

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions now offers even better web-based tools and information to help its customers select the right hard top outdoor drum storage products for any commercial, industrial or farming application.  IPI recently added new resources to its roll-top drum containment web portal and online store to make finding the best drum storage solution easier than ever.  In addition to existing feature and benefit descriptions, and online ordering, the website now includes a comprehensive online catalog with detailed factory product specifications, PDF brochures, and links to chemical compatibility guides.

An ideal outside storage solution for 55 gallon drum containers, IPI’s expanded line of UltraTech and Eagle drum containment cabinets allow users to safely store hazardous materials in multiple drums in any outdoor environment.  Designed for the storage of hydrocarbons, virgin chemicals, active hazardous waste collection and the storage of spill response supplies, IPI’s entire suite of drum cabinets are manufactured with advanced 100% polyethylene construction offering excellent chemical resistance that will not rust or corrode; while also protecting drums from elements and weathering.

Durable, large outdoor drum containment cabinets are used by farmers, manufacturers, oil and gas producers and in other commercial and industrial settings; many of which are required to meet a number of EPA, SPCC and various other local spill containment rules and regulations.  Our large selection of UltraTech drum storage cabinets include models with specific features like built-in sumps that offer compliance with EPA Container Storage Regulation 40 CFR 264.175, Uniform Fire Code Spill Containment Regulations and SPCC regulations for secondary containment of hydrocarbons.  Features include containment pallets that position drum-tops at a safe, convenient level to pour wastes into funnels or for use with drum pumps.  Convenient “roll top” covers slide up and out of the way allowing for quick access to drum pumps and funnels.

There are a variety of products to choose from offering additional features to meet any indoor or outdoor drum storage requirement.  Every model of UltraTech drum cabinets has lockable doors that allow for secure storage and “swing out” lower doors provide full access to drums for loading and unloading.  Compact optional loading ramp features a non-slip surface for easier drum handling and stores neatly inside the cabinet when not in use – even when loaded with multiple 55-gallon drums.  Completely lockable and secured with a standard padlock, these drum storage products can be safely lifted by forklift with drums securely in place.

Interstate Products’ selection of outdoor drum spill containment modules are designed to accommodate a variety of 55 gallon drum types as well as other secondary containment supplies.  We also offer many types of Morse drum lifters, drum rotators and tumblers that offer users safety and convenience while saving valuable time and effort.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control, secondary containment and materials handling solutions our experts are always available to assist in product selection.  Ordering online is fast and easy.  Visit our new, updated online store for product selection, detailed product brochures, specifications and ordering or contact our specialists for a quote.  To see our full selection of outdoor drum storage products visit our website at:


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Portable Ready Oil Sumps from IPI Made For Fast Easy Deployment

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions manufactures its own line of Ready Oil Sumps that are easy to setup and are designed for quick deployment.  Crafted from durable, flexible XR-5 fabric, IPI’s Ready Oil Sumps provide oil and fuel tank containment for 275 and 550 gallon oval tanks, are ideal for temporary and permanent installations and break down easily for storage or transport.  Made in two standard sizes that will accommodate fuel and oil tanks of various sizes, IPI Ready Oil Sumps are an economical spill containment solution.  With custom sized sumps also available, most can be shipped via UPS, saving on costly truck shipments.  The lightweight, collapsible and portable sump design unfolds for fast set up and is supported with galvanized threaded support rods that easily adjoin together.

Interstate Products’ diverse line up of storage sumps are designed to accommodate fuel storage tanks and oil tanks in a variety of sizes for both commercial and residential hydrocarbon storage, fuel spill containment and oil spill containment requirements.  Our Ready Oil Sumps are manufactured with a fuel and oil resistant 30 millimeter fabric liner offering durability and high UV and weather tolerances.  Built to accommodate both 275 and 550 gallon tanks, our flexible, foldable containment design dramatically reduces freight costs.  IPI’s full line of fuel tank storage products for farm, industrial, commercial and military applications enable regulatory compliance with SPCC rules and fully meet EPA Container Storage Regulation 40 CFR 264.175.

In addition to offering both standard and customized oil tank storage and fuel tank storage solutions, Interstate Products is the preferred source for spill containment solutions including complete lines of spill control pads, spill berms, spill pallets and other hazardous material handling products.  Where there is a need to prevent acid spills, fuel, oil or other chemicals, IPI recommends having the appropriate solutions on hand to prevent and manage any type of spill before it happens.  The right containment solutions from IPI offer industrial users a proactive regulatory compliance capability and also save valuable time and money in the event of a spill.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, IPI experts can work with you to create custom Ready Oil Sumps to your exact specifications.  Contact us to learn more about industrial spill containment solutions and view our full selection of oil containment sumps at:

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