Environmental risk assessment of bulk storage facilities: a screening tool and its user guide

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This screening tool and accompanying user guide are free to download for registered users.

This screening tool assesses the likely risk to the environment of an unplanned release of liquids from above ground bulk storage tanks. Users are strongly advised to read the accompanying user-guide before undertaking an assessment.

The tool, commissioned by the EI's Soil Waste & Groundwater Working Group, supports the requirements of the European Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) legislation. It is applicable to sites across Europe and accommodates liquids including hydrocarbon products. It can be used to inform the best available techniques judgement allowed under the IPPC regulations. The screening also includes an assessment of tertiary containment, consistent with UK COMAH requirements.

The tool can be used to:

  • support legislative requirements;
  • inform cost benefit judgments;
  • indicate how risks can be made acceptable;
  • demonstrate good practice;
  • point towards areas where more site specific information would enable risk reduction benefits, and
  • support continuous improvement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a screening tool and does not provide a quantitative risk assessment or the answer for detailed design.

Installation instructions for the screening tool are also available.

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