EPA Study Recognizes Microbiologically-Influenced Corrosion


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the results of a 2015 study conducted by the agency's Office of Underground Storage Tanks (OUST). The Investigation Of Corrosion-Influencing Factors In Underground Storage Tanks With Diesel Service follows up on a PMAA-funded study released by the Battelle Memorial Group in 2012. This study hypothesized that ethanol cross-contamination was responsible for accelerated microbial growth in underground storage tanks (USTs), and while evidence of this hypothesis was found, a larger and more diverse sample size was called for to confirm the results.

The EPA's new study surveyed 42 diverse UST systems at 40 locations across the U.S. Although the EPA acknowledges from the beginning of its study that this research is still too limited to determine a definitive cause for accelerated microbial growth, it does confirm that, "MIC [microbiologically-influenced corrosion] is likely playing a major role in the corrosive environments in USTs storing diesel."

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