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How to Follow Secondary Containment Regulations Without Hurting Your Business

In the United States, hazardous materials are regulated by the EPA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Department of Transportation (DOT). Each organization has its own definition of hazardous materials.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage



What You Don’t Know About Surfactants Can Hurt You

Surfactants are the corn syrup of the chemical world—they’re in all kinds of products you’d never expect. Most people know that surfactants are an active ingredient in detergents, but you can also find them in a wide range of cleaning products, wetting agents, emulsifiers (including motor oil), foaming agents or dispersants.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage



Are Stainless Steel Tanks the Best Choice to Store Caustic Soda Outdoors?

Sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as caustic soda or lye, is a common inorganic compound that is typically used as a strong chemical base.

In liquid form, caustic soda becomes “slippery” and tends to find weak points in storage containers, and fittings, and eventually create drips and leaks.

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Topics: Tank Design and Materials, Chemical Storage



How To Store De-Icing Fluids Safely

Winter is approaching fast. With below freezing temperatures and snowstorms affecting millions of people each year, municipalities need to be ready to clear roadways and maintain equipment. De-icing fluid is used to break down ice and frost on roadways and aircrafts.

The type of substance used for de-icing depends on its application, the amount of snowfall and winter temperatures. There are several chemicals used in the de-icing process, including brine, magnesium chloride, propylene glycol, and ethylene glycol. Brine is the most popular of these chemicals, but it can damage vehicles or rebar on roadways.

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Topics: Applications, Chemical Storage



Why Are Water Treatment Plants Converting from Chlorine Gas to Bleach?

There are several types of chlorine sources that water treatment plants can use: chlorine gas, liquid sodium hypochlorite, or onsite production. Chlorine gas can be more cost effective, but a growing number of states are converting to bulk sodium hypochlorite or bleach. If chlorine gas is more economical, why would water treatment plants convert to sodium hypochlorite?

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Topics: Applications, Chemical Storage



Hydrochloric Acid Storage Requirements

Hydrochloric acid (HCl), also known as muriatic acid, is toxic and highly corrosive. The chemical is used in many different applications, including chloride production, refining ore and producing metals like tantalum and tin. 

Because HCl is such a powerful acid, it is often used for neutralizing basic solutions. It also requires careful handling and an engineered storage system that is designed specifically for hydrochloric acid.

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Topics: Chemical Storage



What to Do If You Spot Chemical Tank Crazing

If you’ve seen hairline cracks like spiderwebs on your chemical storage tank, you might wonder if you’re looking at a future problem. That’s a good question.

The short answer is, maybe. The long answer is a little more helpful, and this article will outline next steps for dealing with hairline crackling, called crazing.

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Topics: Chemical Storage



Critical Tips for Reliable Citric Acid Storage

Citric acid is a chemical commonly used in a number of different beverages and drinks as a flavoring and preservative. It can also be found in some household cleaners. Safe citric acid storage isn’t necessarily a major challenge, but there are a few things you must keep in mind in order to make certain that you’re storing citric acid properly. 

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Topics: Chemicals, Chemical Storage



Can Your Storage Tank Handle Your Chemical’s Specific Gravity?

There are several important factors to consider if you are in the process of configuring a polyethylene chemical storage tank. Always start the configuration process with the chemical being stored, because the chemical’s properties affect the entire tank design, including fittings and accessories.

One important property is the chemical’s specific gravity. If your chemical tank isn’t rated for the proper specific gravity, you could be looking at costly maintenance and employee injuries.

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Topics: Chemical Storage



Better Storage Solutions for Growing Craft Breweries

Since 2015, the number of breweries in the U.S. has increased by almost 50% to over 5,500 breweries. As the industry becomes more crowded, the competition among beer makers is also increasing. That means craft breweries need to find more cost-effective ways to scale their business.

Stainless steel tanks are the traditional choice for storing the materials for making beer. But innovative breweries are beginning to realize the business benefits of polyethylene storage tanks.

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Topics: Chemical Storage