If you're a truck stop owner, you're likely to sell large quantities of DEF at a time, making bulk storage and dispensing at your fueling island necessary. For this, an underground storage is ideal. Underground tanks let you store just as much without the inconvenience to your drivers
If, however, you’re dealing with a fleet of trucks or construction vehicles, light duty trucks and equipment that consumes only small amounts of DEF, aboveground storage tanks (AST) might be what you choose. Installing an AST is less expensive and easier than it is to expand on a UST. If you end up needing more DEF than your original tank can hold, you can install an additional AST.
What Are The Risks?
If DEF gets too cold, comes into contact with air or water/contaminants, or is stored in the wrong tanks, it can cause damage to any of the sensitive sensors installed on your vehicles/equipment. Each type of tank has advantages and disadvantages in avoiding these risks.USTs don't usually need to be heated and are less likely to be vandalized; on the other hand, ASTs have to be heated in cold areas, and they need to be sheltered.
What Local Regulations Affect Storage Tanks?
Because they are visible and bulky, ASTs can create problems with local zoning laws. Such laws vary, of course, by community, but make sure to research your own community's laws before installing such a tank. The EPA does restrict underground tanks, however, DEF is not yet considered a hazardous product and is not flammable.
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