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Operational Area Containment for Bulk Pesticide Sites

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Is the area around it sloped to prevent rainwater from flowing into the pad?

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Is the sump or collection point watertight?

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Are all cracks and joints sealed?

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Are automatic pumps removed or have overflow cutoffs?

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Is it made of rigid material such as concrete or steel?  (Earth, clay, and asphalt are prohibited.)

Design Help

Documents and web sites below are a sampling of sources for design guidance.  They are not a substitute for design by a knowledgeable licensed engineer.  They are intended to allow site owners to better communicate with chosen vendors.  Listings are not an endorsement.  The site owner or operator is responsible for assuring adequate design and compliance..

Internal Compliance, Environmental Health & Safety Contacts. Help may exist within your own company.  Some large dealer/distributor organizations have standard facility designs and standards for containment pads.

Designing Facilities for Pesticide and Fertilization Containment.  MWPS-37Midwest Plan Services, Iowa State University; Ames, IA.  (515) 294-4337 www.mwps.org (~$20)   This handbook discusses containment design, plus a wide range of other topics pertinent to pesticide storage and handling. 116 pages

“Environmental Handbook for Fertilizer and Agricultural Dealers” (~$75) Tennessee Valley Authority; National Fertilization and Environmental Research Center;  Muscle Shoals, AL 35662.  (256) 386-2872

Miscellaneous Web Sites:  

http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1095.htm University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service.  Includes sample plans.

http://www.hort.wisc.edu/cran/pubs_archive/proceedings/1997/plakam.pdf University of Wisconsin excerpt of Midwest Plan Service aimed at cranberry growers.

Vendors:  A number of vendors can assess your facility and provide a design that meets requirements and fits your operation.  

Examples

Below are included for discussion, and are by no means the only or best designs.

Note the liquid collects in a low area, allowing recovery of spills and rainwater.  Also, the entire truck can be placed over the containment pad.

Rev. 2, 5/22/09

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