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Old 08-10-2010, 01:15 PM
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This may be a SUPER DUMB question -- but I would rather be safe than sorry. Does anyone see any safety/legal problems with using an ICB Tote for at home fuel storage (obviously, I'm not talking in the house or in the garage) but in a shop building.
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I dont see a problem with it but im no expert, it truely depends on how much you are storing though; For example if you had 400 gallons stored and it developed a leak, you could be liable for the environmental damage. Same holds true for lessor quantity but if it were a large leak and not in an approved container I would say you have had a very bad day.

On the other hand IBC totes that are made from Polycone 45 are designed to store fuel in so, I dont see the problem with it. I would however check with the local EPA office.
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Legal problems we can't diagnose from outside your town.

However as to practicality, I work in the chem industry, and since we recieve toluene, IPA, hexane, etc in IBC totes, fuel should not be an issue. Make sure your tote is compatible by checking its original contents.

Safely venting and dispensing is a whole seperate issue.
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How many gallons is it? and is it vented?
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Check local regs as far as the quanity of fuel you can keep on hand. You may have to register with local Hazmat in case there was a fire at or near your place. Believe me those guys don't like walking into a burning shed & finding 500 gallons of fuel about to go bang.
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How many gallons is it? and is it vented?
275 gallons and yes, vented.
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I don't think they're rated for fuel storage. At least I haven't seen any that were. The plastic might not hold up to solvents or fuels.

I'd stick to metal drums. They're dirt cheap and designed for fuel storage.
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I personally dont know what they are made of, but remember, you put gasoline in a styrofoam cup(a type of plastic) it will melt it. That being said, I'm 100% sure as long as the comtainer is properly sealed and labeled(WHIMIS/HAZMAT stickers) You will be fine.
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Totes are designed to hold a variety of products under normal conditions. If it is marked properly, vented, and you have a dike in place I believe that you will be fine.
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