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:

UltraTEch Self Bailer


Ready T-Bracket Spill Berms measure up to largest spill containment and support requirements

Oil spills and discharges most commonly happen during the oil storage container transfer process, and during fuel and chemical deliveries.  Even though the majority of spills involve less than 100 gallons, most facilities that maintain above-ground storage of more than 1320 gallons of oil are still required to have oil spill plans in place as part of EPA and other regulatory rules.  It is advisable, as part of an oil or chemical spill contingency plan, to have oil spill kits and spill berms at the ready any place where oil is transferred from truck to storage areas and where oil storage drums and containers are housed.  This includes receiving docks, fleet cleaning, decon and maintenance areas, outdoor storage buildings, waste collection areas, oil mixing and processing areas or where oil is routinely pumped from 55 gallon drums.

Spill kits are designed as a countermeasure to help contain and clean up hazardous liquids in the event that a spill occurs; whether it is due to container mishandling or leakage.  For larger fuel storage and chemical storage spill control and containment requirements, spill berms are an integral part of any oil spill mitigation plan.  Interstate Products Inc. (IPI) carries a broad range of portable spill berms, in a variety of sizes and materials to meet any requirement.

IPI has continued expanding our spill containment berm product line with the introduction of increased wall heights and liquid storage capacity on our Ready L-Bracket Berm; which is also now available with “T” shaped bracket supports.  Both IPI’s Rapid Entry and L-Bracket berms can now be manufactured to accommodate up to eighteen inch T brackets for the largest support and containment requirements.  Combo wall berms are ideal for use as secondary containment for tanker trucks, decontamination, fuel and chemical deliveries; and for larger capacity containment areas ranging from thousands of gallons to tens of thousands of gallons.  Our new T-Bracket Berms accommodate larger tankers by offering more containment capacity in a smaller space.

IPI manufactures foam wall berms in a variety of both standard and customized sizes with wall heights ranging from 2 inches up to 12 inches available.  Our new T-Bracket Berm is designed to support higher containment capacity by providing greater wall strength.  Where the standard L-Bracket Berm can hold up to 748 gallons, the new T brackets can hold up to 50 percent more within a smaller overall berm footprint.

The versatile, space saving Ready L-Bracket spill containment berm offers features that make it ideal for spill control. The lightweight supports take up almost no extra space and it folds down to a compact size for easy storage and transport.  This berm is ideal to use in a manufacturing plant for temporary storage of batteries, drums, tanks, maintenance parts and more. The compact size and portability also provides for sturdy spill response at jobsites for leaking tanks, vehicles, equipment and machinery.  Heavy duty supports make our berms even tougher and stronger than the myriad of ‘economy’ berms on the market today.

IPI’s standard Ready L-Bracket Berm is manufactured using 30 mil XR-5® geomembrane, which is made from heavy-duty reinforced fabric that is ideal for the rapid entry of trucks and tankers, providing for containment of most common spills.  Optional berm liners, ground mats and containment pads can be ordered for under the berm protection and placement on rough terrain.

In addition to collapsible, foam wall drive through berms, we can build customized combo wall berms in a variety of wall heights that provide maximum support with T bracket reinforcement on the longer side walls and drive-over foam walls on the entry and exit sides.  Our customer can feel secure with a 7-year warranty on seams and workmanship and 10 years pro-rated on cracking and UV damage. Our berm specialists are available by calling 1-800-474-7294.  For more information visit:

Morse Drum Rollers from IPI Offer Ergonomics and Safer Handling

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions offers a wide variety of Morse drum rotators and drum tumblers that are designed for safer handling, mixing and pouring from large steel, plastic and fiber containment drums.  Portable drum rotators and tumblers are ideal for industrial users who need easily handle and mix the contents of sealed drums in a safe, clean and efficient manner.  When you need to mix or blend material inside a closed drum, Morse drum handling equipment also allows for mixing of contents with fewer hazards.

With a variety of compact, stationary and portable industrial drum mixers to choose from, it is fast, safe and easy to roll a closed drum on its side to agitate the contents.   IPI’s selection of 55-gallon drum mixers, drum tumblers and rollers provide an ergonomic drum handling solution that eliminates possible spills and splashing of dangerous contents on workers, decreasing the risk of contamination.  Our portable drum mixers agitate and blend drum contents without the need to open the drum.  Plus, with the right portable handling and rocking equipment offers a drain stand capability, so there is no need to transfer contents from one container to the next, eliminating the hazards and clean-up related to the potentially messy transfer of contents.

There are a variety of products to choose from offering features to meet any drum handling requirement.  Interstate Products 201 Series Portable Drum Rotators are designed to rotate drums at single speeds of 10, 20, or 30 RPM.  Our 201VS Series is a variable speed rotator with built in transmission allowing users to vary drum speed from 10 to 24 RPM, which can be ideal for experimental use.








201VS Series (above)

Other models available include:

201B Series Belted Portable Drum Rotator –

The belted drum rollers have a pair of belts between the rollers to turn the drum. Belted Rotators allow a fiber drum weighing up to 300 Lbs. to be rolled without damaging the fiber sidewall. 201B Series belted drum rollers are available with same drum speed and motor types as 201 Series.

POLY-201 Plastic Drum Roller –

Since plastic drums are soft-sided and lack the ridged ribs and rims of a steel drum, they require special features to position them on the drum roller, and to prevent them from traveling lengthways during rotation.  Three extra wheels on each side are designed to support a 55-gallon plastic drum. The weight of your plastic drum is then distributed over a total of 14 wheels and an end-stop prevents the drum from traveling while being rolled.  As an added feature, a chain to latch around the top of the drum while tipping from upright to horizontal rolling position on the drum rotator is included.

Interstate Products’ selection of Morse drum rollers are designed to accommodate a variety of drum types and sizes; and all of our drum lifters, drum rotators and tumblers 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.  IPI has made ordering Morse drum tumblers and rollers fast and easy.  Please visit our new online store to view product demonstration and training videos and to order online or contact our drum handling specialists for a quote.  To learn more about our full selection of drum lifting equipment, drum rollers, tumblers and drum stackers visit our website at:

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Interstate Products Offers New Ultra-Rack Sump Drum Spill Pallet

Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading provider of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions has added a new selection of warehouse rack containment sumps to its diverse line of oil spill equipment and containment products.  The new Ultra-Rack Sump from Ultra-Tech is an industrial quality polyethylene containment sump featuring a low profile design and is specifically manufactured to fit seamlessly into warehouse racking systems without impeding on adjoining rack storage areas.  An ideal solution for industrial oil drum or chemical drum spill containment, the new Ultra-Rack Sump drum spill pallet is built to accommodate up to four (4) 55-gallon drums positioned on standard 40″ x 48″ or 48″ x 48″ wooden shipping pallets.  Designed to prevent hazardous liquids from leaking onto floors, industrial equipment and other stored inventory, this large, 66-gallon rack sump complies with EPA, SPCC, and UFC spill containment regulations.

The right spill containment solutions from IPI offer commercial, industrial and agricultural users’ proactive regulatory compliance and also save valuable time and money in the event of a spill.  The Ultra-Rack Sump is a 55 gallon drum containment pallet configured for easy handling and is molded from an all polyethylene construction that will not rust or corrode and offers excellent chemical resistance.  The sump design allows for direct forklift access to standard wooden pallets as the unit remains positioned in the rack while removing the pallet and drums.  A Standard hose can be connected to the optional Drain / Ball Valve Assembly for easy draining.  In the event of a spill, liquids contained in Ultra-Rack Sumps that are located on higher sections of the rack system can be easily drained without having to remove the Sump from the racking system.  The yellow, translucent sump color allows for floor level visual inspection for immediate detection of spills and leaks.  Ultra-Rack sump’s nested design minimizes storage space requirements and reduces shipping expenses.  For specific details and easy online ordering visit Ultra-Rack Sump product page.

Interstate Products’ full line of oil drum storage sumps and fuel tank storage products for farm, industrial, commercial and military applications offer the best in hydrocarbon storage, fuel spill containment and oil spill control.  The new Ultra-Rack Sump enables regulatory compliance with SPCC rules and fully meets EPA Container Storage Regulation 40 CFR 264.175.  As the leading provider of oil sumps, standard and customized oil tank storage and fuel tank storage solutions, Interstate Products is also the preferred source for a large variety of spill containment solutions including 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.  As the authority on industrial and environmental spill control and remediation, IPI experts are here to help our customers to source the best secondary containment and spill cleanup products for their individual needs.  Contact us today for assistance designing the right industrial spill containment and compliance solutions for your needs.  To view our full selection of oil containment sumps please visit

Ultra-Rack Sump from IPI

Ultra-Rack Sump in warehouse rack system

For more information, please contact Interstate Products at 3921 Sawyer Road, Sarasota, FL 34233 or call toll free1-800-474-7294 for domestic inquiries and 941-377-8610 if outside the United States. The company’s email address is and website is

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Interstate Products Launches New Rapid Entry Spill Containment Berm

SARASOTA, Florida (May 30, 2011) – Interstate Products, Inc. (IPI), the leading manufacturer of spill containment products and the preferred source for environmental and industrial solutions announces the launch of an enhanced line of rapid entry spill containment berms.  The company’s new high performance XR-5 Berm options are manufactured with 30 millimeter XR 5 Fabric from Seaman’s Corporation and offer the highest standards of durability and spill containment.  With the XR-5 product line, IPI continues to expand deeper into the drive-through containment berm market led by its Rapid Entry Ready Berm product line and an emphasis on regulatory compliance solutions for industrial, commercial and military applications.  The new Rapid Entry Ready Berm option allows vehicles to drive over walls upon entry and exit without having to lower them first.

As the ‘authority in spill containment’ for over a decade, IPI manufactures and distributes a nearly infinite variety of portable spill containment berms that are designed to help the military and industry to comply with the regulations of 40 CFR part 112 of the Clean Water Act, also referred to as the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations.  New accessory features like the XR-5 Track Mats are designed to unroll on top of the berm, are made for truck tires to drive on to protect the berm from wear and sharp objects that may be stuck in truck tires.

IPI’s Rapid Entry Ready Berm is a secondary containment solution that helps industry comply with SPCC mandates at oil, fuel and chemical storage facilities and provides release containment for petroleum products and various chemicals handled in manufacturing processes around the world.  Typical applications for the portable containment berms include containing fuel tankers during transfer operations, providing containment for above-ground storage tanks, portable generator sets and chemical and hydrocarbon storage drums.  IPI’s spill berms are able to contain thousands of gallons when required and are fast and easy to deploy and break down.  The new line also features a collapsible “L” Bracket Wall construction. The exit and entry walls are made with edges that lay almost flat on the ground so that trucks may drive in and out freely. The edge will automatically rise with the level of any spill.

In addition to providing regulatory compliance and spill remediation, the Rapid Entry Ready Berm line offers the highest quality and can be custom manufactured utilizing various structural technologies that can adapt to virtually any containment requirement.  Ideal for big for tanker trucks and fuel trucks including military and commercial applications, IPI’s drive-through spill berms allow tankers to drive in and out of the berm without lowering walls and in the event of spills it provides countermeasure and containment.  Rapid Entry Ready Berms are manufactured to exacting quality standards using heavy duty reinforced chemical-resistant fabrics to trap fuel, oil, acids, gasoline, hydrocarbons and a broad range of chemicals.  Every IPI spill berm is portable, designed for rapid deployment and is backed by an industry leading 7 year limited warranty on seams and workmanship. In addition, there is also a 10 year pro-rated warranty on cracking due to UV and mildew damage for berms manufactured using XR-5 fabric.  For detailed product information visit

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