Heating Oil Tank Program in Oregon

Home Inspector with Perfection Inspection, Inc.

The presence of oil tanks is an issue that can rear its ugly head on an inspection every now and then.  Thankfully the Oregon DEQ is doing something to help.

The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) here in Oregon, has a program to help keep track of those oil tanks that may have been forgotten.

  The site is:  http://deq12.state.or.us/fp20/

If excavation or redevelopment is planned you can find information on known and suspected Heating Oil Tanks (HOT).  Information on: if the site has received a closure letter for the decommissioning, assessment and certification of a HOT is available.

  If a HOT is present there may be contamination of the surrounding area and a cleanup may be required.  Decommissioning, assessment, and cleanup must be performed by a DEQ licensed HOT Service Provider.

For you agents out there check out this publication:  What agents should know about underground oil tanks.

Comments (4)

Larry H Morris
Directors Mortgage - West Linn, OR
Larry Morris, NMLS 150073

Good info. Thanks.

Mar 10, 2009 04:36 PM
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

We had this done on a home we purchased, and it is not as scary or expensive as we had feared -- total decommissioning was less than $500 - we were fortunate that the oil tank had not leaked into the surrounding ground which limited the costs. 

Mar 11, 2009 01:35 AM
Jim Allhiser
Perfection Inspection, Inc. - Salem, OR
Salem, Oregon Home Inspector

Wow,  That's great info Margaret.  It definitely sounds scary and expensive.

Mar 11, 2009 03:42 AM
Leslie Stewart
Oregon Licensed Broker with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Real Estate Professionals - Stayton, OR
Realtor, ABR, CRS, Oregon Licensed Broker

Great info and I plan on bookmarking this one.  We run into these sneaky little hiding tanks once and awhile...

Mar 11, 2009 12:03 PM