Town of Haverstraw, NY
Rockland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Haverstraw 6-24-2002 by L.L. No. 9-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fire prevention and building construction — See Ch. 84.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 127.
Zoning — See Ch. 167.

§ 155-1 General.

Only those tanks that comply with the applicable requirements of this chapter and that are approved by the authority having jurisdiction shall be installed for flammable or combustible liquid service. In particular, the provisions of this chapter shall be permitted to be altered at the discretion of the authority having jurisdiction after consideration of special features such as topographical conditions, barricades, walls, nature of occupancies, and proximity to buildings or adjoining property; height and character of construction of such buildings, capacity and construction of proposed tanks, and character of liquids to be stored, degree of private fire protection to be provided, and the adequacy of facilities of the Fire Department to cope with fuel oil fires.

§ 155-2 Piping materials and design.

A. 
All piping shall be wrought-iron, steel or brass pipe, or brass and copper tubing, except as provided in § 155-3. Wall thickness of wrought-iron and steel pipe shall be in accordance with the design methods outlined in ANSI "Standard on Wrought-Steel and Wrought-Iron Pipe." Listed flexible metal hose shall be permitted to be used to reduce the effect of jarring and vibration or where rigid connections are impractical, and it shall be installed in full compliance with its listing.
B. 
Piping shall be permitted to be of materials other than those specified above if used underground. Such piping shall be designed to specifications embodying principles recognized as good engineering design for the material used and shall be approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
C. 
Piping used in the installation of oil burners and appliances other than conversion range oil burners shall be not smaller than three-eighths-inch pipe size or three-eighths-inch OD tubing, except that one-fourth-inch pipe or five-sixteenth-inch OD tubing shall be permitted to be used in the suction line of systems where the top of the tank is below the level of the oil pump. Copper tubing shall have a thirty-five-hundredths-inch nominal and 0.032 thirty-two-hundredths-inch minimum wall thickness.
D. 
Pipe shall be connected with standard fittings and tubing with fittings of listed type. Pipe connectors made of combustible materials or depending upon the frictional characteristics of combustible materials shall not be used inside of buildings or aboveground outside of buildings. If used belowground outside of buildings, connectors shall be of listed type and installed in accordance with their listing. All threaded joints and connections shall be made tight with suitable lubricant or pipe compound. Union requiring gaskets or packings, right or left couplings, and sweat fittings employing solder having a melting point of less than 1000° F. (538° C.) shall not be used in oil lines. Cast-iron fittings shall not be used.
E. 
Piping shall be substantially supported and protected against physical damage and, where necessary, protected against corrosion. All buried piping shall be protected against corrosion.
F. 
Proper allowance shall be made for expansion, contraction, jarring and vibration. Pipe lines, other than tubing, connected to underground tanks, except straight fill lines and test wells, shall be provided with double swing joints or flexible connectors, or otherwise arranged to permit the tanks to settle without impairing the tightness of the pipe connections.
G. 
Piping systems shall be maintained liquidtight. A piping system that has leaks that constitute a hazard shall be emptied of liquid or repaired in an approved manner.

§ 155-3 Fill and return piping.

A. 
A fill pipe shall terminate outside a building at a point at least two feet from any building opening at the same or lower level. A fill pipe shall terminate in a manner designed to minimize spilling when the fill hose is disconnected. The fill opening shall be equipped with a metal tight cover designed to discourage tampering. A fill pipe shall be of such size and be so located as to permit ready filling in a manner that will avoid spillage, and it shall be identified at its terminus as a fuel oil fill.
B. 
A return from a burner or pump to a supply tank shall enter the top of the tank.
C. 
Cross-connections permitting gravity flow from one tank to another shall be prohibited, except between two supply tanks not exceeding 660 gallons' aggregate capacity.
D. 
An auxiliary tank shall be filled by a pump transferring the oil through continuous piping from the supply tank.
E. 
An auxiliary tank shall be located at a level above the top of the tank from which it is filled.
F. 
An auxiliary tank shall be provided with an overflow pipe draining to the supply tank and extending into the top of the supply tank not more than 1 inch. This requirement shall not apply to an auxiliary tank specifically listed for use without an overflow pipe.
G. 
An overflow pipe from an auxiliary tank and a return line from a burner or pump shall have no valves or obstructions.

§ 155-4 Underground oil tank removal procedure.

A. 
All removal and abandonment procedures for underground oil tanks shall be in accordance with New York State codes, as the same may be amended from time to time. To the extent that anything in this section is inconsistent with said codes, the requirements of said codes shall govern.
B. 
Before an underground petroleum liquid storage tank is removed, an application for a permit therefor shall have been filed with, and a permit therefor shall have been issued by, the Building Department.
C. 
Prior to the issuance of such a permit, the Building Department or its approved agent shall cause appropriate inspection to be made to ascertain that the tank has been pumped free of oil and that all pipe connections have been capped. No tank with evidence of contamination shall be removed without prior approval of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. If there is evidence that there is a leak in the tank, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation shall be notified immediately.
D. 
A tank shall be disposed of in a manner consistent with the requirements for such disposal as approved by the Fire Marshal, which requirements shall not be inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter or applicable state codes. No tank shall be transported until it has been examined by the Fire Marshal, and no such tank shall be transported unless it has been secured so that it does not leak during transportation unless it has been freed from gas on the premises and can be transported safely in accordance with Appendix C, NFPA 30.
E. 
Tank cleaning shall only be done by a contractor who is licensed to transport either waste oil or wastewater soluble oil. If abandoned in accordance with NFPA 30-A, the tank shall be so cleaned that the tank is rendered inert and shall be filled either with sand or concrete slurry.
F. 
No such underground storage tank shall, under any circumstances, be accepted for disposal by the company engaged by the Town for pickup of household waste and recycling matter.
G. 
After the tank has been disposed of, documentation that disposal has occurred properly shall be submitted to the Fire Marshal and Building Department. The homeowner shall retain a copy of such documentation and may provide a copy of such documentation to any transferee of the property at the time the property is transferred.
H. 
Before a new petroleum liquid tank is installed, an application for a permit therefor shall have been filed with and a permit therefor shall have been issued by the Building Department, and a registration form shall have been completed and filed at the Building Department with respect thereto.