[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Rensselaer as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Zoning — See Ch. 179.
Article I Tanks
All tanks shall be electrically grounded by resting directly on moist earth or otherwise electrically grounded to permanent moisture to the satisfaction of the Chief of the Fire Department.
No insulated connections shall be permitted.
Telephone poles or other projections liable to act as lightning points shall be kept as far as practicable from tanks.
All steel work or reinforced concrete tanks shall be interconnected and grounded by an approved method.
All tanks containing crude oil or other liquids which have a tendency to boil over, and all tanks exceeding 50,000 gallons' (1,200 barrels') capacity, shall be adequately and properly diked with a dike having a capacity not less than equal in volume to that of the tank or tanks surrounded; the minimum height of earth dikes to be three feet and of masonry dikes 30 inches.
Tanks of less than 50,000 gallons' (1,200 barrels') capacity shall, when deemed necessary by the Chief of the Fire Department on account of proximity to streams, character of topography or nearness to buildings of high value, be diked or the entire yard provided with a curb or retaining wall or other suitable means to prevent the discharge of liquids onto other property in case of a rupture in tank or piping, provided that when tanks are vertical and set on a solid foundation and exposed piping which will permit delivery from tanks is protected from mechanical injury, such dike or curb may be omitted.
Dikes or walls required by the proceeding subsections shall be of earth or masonry, so constructed as to afford adequate protection when dikes surround tanks containing crude oil. They shall have, in addition to the above capacity, suitable coping or deflectors projecting inward, properly constructed to minimize the effect of a boilover wave. Dikes surrounding crude oil tanks shall be not less than 50 feet from the shell of the tank or tanks surrounded. The capacity of dikes required by this section shall be properly maintained. Earthen dikes shall preferably have a flat section at the top of not less than three feet and shall have a slope consistent with the angle of repose of the materials of which they are constructed.
The Commissioner of Assessment and Taxation shall be charged with the immediate enforcement of this article and with the administration, and he is hereby authorized in the name of the City of Rensselaer to enjoin impending or existing violations of this article to enforce mandatory compliance therewith.
[Amended 8-15-1990 by L.L. No. 4-1990]
Any person violating the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both.