Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2013IN363B

Pollution Prevention Strategies for Farmers and Commercial Input Applicator Businesses

Institute: Indiana
Year Established: 2013 Start Date: 2013-03-01 End Date: 2014-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $8,000 Total Non-Federal Funds: $17,802

Principal Investigators: Fred Whitford

Abstract: Does it make a difference whether polyethylene, fiberglass, or steel tanks are used to store and transport pesticides, fuels, and fertilizers? The short answer is each tank material has its own unique properties that define what liquid products each can safely store and transport. Which tank material works best depends on how the tank will be used, how long the tank is expected to last, how much preventative maintenance one is willing to do, and how much one wants to pay for a polyethylene, fiberglass, or steel tank. The decision of which tank to purchase could make the difference of safe storage on site and on the highway, or an environmental release that can create years of litigation and fines.