Posted on Thursday 20 August 2015 by Ulster Business

Dont get caught out by fuel storage laws

Pictured at Kingspan Stadium Breakfast Briefing with Ulster Rugby stars Luke Marshall, Franco Van De Merwe and Louis Ludik are Pat Freeman, Managing Director of Kingspan Environmental and Abbey Scott, Regional Sales Manager NI, Kingspan Titan.

Business in Northern Ireland risk being caught out by new fuel storage regulations which aim to prevent spillages.

The new rules came into effect at the start of 2015 and require any business storing fuel to use a bunded- or double skinned- tank.

Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £20,000 or even imprisonment for non-complicance.

The regulations, which were prompted by the high level of oil related pollution incidents in Northern Ireland, will apply to ground oil storage facilities of 200 litres or more on industrial and commercial sites including shops, churches and hairdressers to manufacturing plants and offices.

Kingspan Titan, which supplies fuel storage systems which comply with the new regulations, said it believed 70% of business in Northern Ireland are at risk.

Pat Freeman, Managing Director of Kingspan Environmental said business owners need to be aware of the consquences.

“The cost of oil spillages to both business and the environment can be heavy and the government has taken action to bring Northern Ireland into line with the rest of the United Kingdom,” he said. “It is imperative business owners are made aware of this regulatory change and the consequences of noncompliance.  Business owners are also often unaware that they will be responsible for the cost of any clean up required due to an oil spill on their premises, costing many thousands.”

He was speaking at a breakfast briefing at Kingspan Stadium where the company hosted business representatives in the company of Ulster Rugby players. Kingspan are major sponsors of Ulster Rugby.

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