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Get answers to your most frequently asked questions about SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containment; including how this patented system performs spill containment, why Federal Regulations defined in 40 CFR 112 may require you to have secondary containment, how easy it is to install SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containment, maintenance and inspection requirements, modifications eligibility for tax relief, and more.

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What is SCM-FLOW® and what does it do?

SCM-FLOW® , pronounced skim flow, is a patented underflow system that is utilized in different applications depending on site specific needs to capture hydrocarbons and many other floatable contaminants. SCM-FLOW® uses the natural process of residence or retention time, which is the process of allowing enough area of space for the oil to naturally separate from the water over time. The SCM-FLOW® simply stacks the oil and water emulsion, facilitating natural separation, capturing 100% of the oil while allowing fresh waster to pass through. Once the oil has been separated behind the SCM-FLOW®, acceptable industry practices can be utilized to remove the oil. SCM-FLOW® products are customizable to each site specification and needs and can be installed in new construction or retrofitted into an existing site.

Why do I need a SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containment?

Based on the Federal Regulations defined in 40 CFR 112, in summation it states that when the aggregate of aboveground storage of the facility if 1320 gallons, a secondary containment must be installed. To read the Federal Regulations 40 CFR 112, go to www.epa.gov/osweroe1/docs/oil/spcc/guidance/B_40CFR112.pdf.

Reducing environmental liabilities is becoming increasingly important and will continue to become more important in the future. Many companies, from Fortune 500 to the smaller companies, are installing SCM-FLOW® as their first defense of minimizing a catastrophic event. Although in many applications, it may not be required by law, many companies are taking a proactive stance and installing secondary containments to minimize their environmental liabilities.

Are the SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containments easy to install and how are they installed?

All the SCM-FLOW® products are easily installed. SCM Containment, LLC offers a turn key solution for your secondary containment needs or will offer technical support to the contractor installing the purchased SCM-FLOW®.

Each installation is site specific. Some installations are simply installing the SCM-FLOW® as the total containment, some are installed within an earthen berm, in an new or existing curb, etc. The installation is easy but site specific.

What are the maintenance requirements for SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containment?

There is no maintenance requirements for the SCM-FLOW® product itself. Periodic inspection is advised in order to identify leaks or spills of the oil filled equipment. The frequency and specifications of maintenance of the secondary containment will be defined by Local, State and Federal Government Agencies.

If a SCM-FLOW® is installed, does it need to be permitted and does the outfall have to be monitored?

No, SCM-FLOW® is put in place as a BMP, Best Management Practice and as a spill counter measure in the event of a spill. Spills are not permitted. SCM-FLOW® units have been utilized at permitted and monitored outfalls when required with great success.

Once a SCM-FLOW® product is installed, can it be modify for future needs?

Yes, in most circumstances the SCM-FLOW® can be modified. Whether the needs are to handle a larger capacity of oil, or increase or decrease flow rate, etc. It is our goal in the beginning of the design process to design the SCM-FLOW® Secondary Containment to meet the possible future needs of the location, i.e. accounting for the largest transformer that can be set on a pad standard, reducing the need to modify.

Can SCM-FLOW® be used for turbidity?

Yes, SCM-FLOW® can be used to regulate the flow of a particular site, causing a pooling effect and the SCM-FLOW® allows for the suspension to fall.

Does SCM-FLOW® products qualify for the Tax Relief for Pollution Control Properties?

Yes, in Texas it does qualify for tax relief through the TCEQ. It may qualify for tax relief in other States as well, check with your State Environmental Agency.