Farm and Ranch Spill Containment

Prevent harmful spills and maintain EPA compliance with secondary spill containment systems.

Farm & Ranch Secondary Spill Containment Systems

If you’re a farmer or rancher in the United States, you may be required to have plans and systems in place to prevent spills of toxic substances that could damage the environment, including water tables, soil and air used for agricultural purposes. Polystar Containment, designers & manufacturers of secondary containment systems for multiple industries, can help you meet compliance safely.

The information below, provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, can help you to determine if your farm or ranch is mandated to follow government requirements:

What is considered a farm under government requirements?
Under government requirements, a farm is: “a facility on a tract of land devoted to the production of crops or raising of animals, including fish, which produced and sold, or normally would have produced and sold, $1,000 or more of agricultural products during a year.”

Is my farm covered by government requirements?
Government requirements apply to a farm which:

  • Stores, transfers, uses, or consumes oil or oil products, such as diesel fuel, gasoline, lube oil, hydraulic oil, adjuvant oil, crop oil, vegetable oil, or animal fat
  • Stores more than 1,320 US gallons in aboveground containers or more than 42,000 US gallons in completely buried containers
  • Could reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters of the US or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate lakes, rivers, and streams

* Count only containers of oil that have a storage capacity of 55 US gallons and above.
* Adjacent or non-adjacent parcels, either leased or owned, may be considered separate facilities. Containers on separate parcels (that the farmer identifies as separate facilities based on how they are operated) do not need to be added together in determining whether the 1,320-gallon applicability threshold is met.
If your farm meets all of these criteria, then your farm is covered by government requirements.

Secondary spill containment systems produced by Polystar that meet government requirements and work well with farm and ranch environments include:

  • The Poly Tub™ – Poly Tubs from Polystar are pre-manufactured drop-and-use secondary containment systems. Since the Poly Tub is an integrated wall/floor system, it is quite easy to install. Upon delivery of the Poly Tub, the customer simply locates it on a solid substrate and places the tank inside. These secondary containment systems are typically used for tank farms, drum storage or work-area spill containment.
  • The Poly Dike™ – Our Poly Dike wall containment systems are composed of truncated triangular structures manufactured of various thicknesses in fiberglass, based on wall height. Poly Dike’s unique design allows both sides of the wall to share equally in load bearing. Poly Dike is flexible – the modular design coupled with wall heights varying from 12″ to 30″ allows flexible use of floor space to meet capacity requirements. Poly Dike wall containment systems are used in place of concrete as secondary containment systems around storage tanks.
  • The Poly Dike MPE™ – Polystar’s innovative Poly Dike MPE design allows all system components to be nested and stacked for great convenience. The system sets up quickly and easily with NO special tools or lifting equipment required. In addition, the Poly Dike MPE is not secured to the substrate, so it is perfect for long term or temporary use in parking lots, sand, rocky soil, muddy soil, frozen soil or on concrete areas. Despite the ease of assembly and site flexibility, the rugged Poly Dike MPE can easily absorb the impact of a catastrophic tank failure without loss. The Poly Dike MPE is a strong solution for farms and ranches due to its mobility, stackability for storage, and easy use without substrate attachment.

Interested in learning more about Polystar’s secondary spill containment systems and solutions for farms and ranches? Contact us – we’ll be happy to provide you with more information no matter where you are in North America.

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