U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved Burch Tank and Truck Inc. as a “designated approval agency.’’ Based in Mount Pleasant, Mich., Burch builds and services cargo tanks.
Burch is authorized to do periodic testing of IM 101, IM 102 and UN Portable tanks on newly manufactured and existing tanks. These inspections can be done at a customer’s location or at Burch’s Midland, Mich., or Mount Pleasant locations by trained Burch inspectors with more than 20 years of experience.
“This adds a level of service supporting portable tanks for Burch that we did not have before” said Steve Novak, who focuses on sales, service and safety. “It is similar to what we have currently with our manufacturing, repair, modification, testing and inspection capabilities of cargo tanks but with the emphasis on portable tanks. It presents a well-rounded suite of services aimed at ensuring the safe transportation of bulk liquids on the road, rail and ocean.”
Any damaged tank must be retested before returning to service., according to DOT. Any tank that has not been used to transport hazardous materials (hazmat) for a period of one year or more may not be returned to hazmat service until it has been tested.
Hydrostatic testing may not go more than five years, according to Burch officials. Spring-loaded pressure relief valves must be removed and tested at no more than two and a half year intervals. Tank inspections by approved agencies are critical within the tank industry to ensure a safe product.
About Burch Tank
Since 1990 Burch Tank has been a leading manufacturer of tanks for the agricultural, chemical, crude oil, petroleum, ISO and industrial gas industries. The 28-acre Mount Pleasant complex includes six buildings for trailer manufacturing, fabrication and repairs as well as a parts store.
Further information may be obtained by contacting Wendy Hopkins-Faber at 1-800-882-7640.