Our company owns a site which has been leased out for use as a petrol filling station. We would now like to redevelop this site: how can we ensure that it has been safely and legally decommissioned?

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Our company owns a site which has been leased out for use as a petrol filling station. We would now like to redevelop this site: how can we ensure that it has been safely and legally decommissioned?

A

The official guidance on decommissioning underground storage tanks (USTs) lists the following steps.

  1. Carry out a full environmental risk assessment.

  2. Sample any surrounding soil and groundwater before, during and after decommissioning. The results from this will be important in your risk assessment.

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