Boats Have Fuel Tanks Too – Learn the Facts and Avoid Engine Failure

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Microbiological Growth in Diesel Fuel –  Causes and Solutions with Fuel Polishing Fuel polishing is a filtration process that removes water, microbial contamination and particulate matter from petroleum-based fuels. Microbial contamination shows up in filters and tanks in what is commonly referred to as SLUDGE or ALGAE. These microbes feed off the hydrocarbons and water present in most diesel fuel. The microbes multiply with astonishing speed. These bugs and their waste products clog filters, fuel…

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Emergency Preparedness – Who’s Got the Monkey?

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As a facilities managers you may feel overwhelmed. You are faced with unending guidelines and requirements.  Managing these challenge has been equated to monkeys on your back in the iconic article Management Time – Who’s Got the Monkey?  By William Oncken, Jr., and Donald L. Wass.  Let’s see how this perspective applies to effectively managing an emergency preparedness plan.   You are ultimately responsible for the care and feeding of a zoo-full of monkeys!  …

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Assure Your Emergency Power Supply System (EPSS) is in Compliance

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Reams of paper can be filled with the verbiage around compliance standards and guidelines related to emergency generator fuel and fuel tanks. The goal of these guidelines is to maintain clean fuel, free of contaminants, so that, during an emergency, the generator will function and provide back up power. At NES, we do read the verbiage and have distilled this information to make compliance simple for you:  Schedule an annual fuel test in all above…

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Gas Stations – Three Big Problems – Three Easy Solutions

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 GAS STATIONS – 3 PROBLEMS AND 3 EASY SOLUTIONS We are all busier than a cross eyed dog with a Frisbee here at NES this summer.  Our staff is working long hours on a range of fuel related issues.  The summer travel season increases traffic at gas stations too and more power to you! In the midst of all this activity, I hope you will take a moment to review the basics so that you…

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Emergency Preparedness: The New Normal

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  I want to share a quote that shifted my perspective a bit: “Preparedness is not simply a hoop to jump through to satisfy the Joint Commission, or to keep the Fire Marshall off your back.  It is a fundamental duty to the community, state and country. Assuming nothing will ever happen, or counting on your staff to ‘rise to the occasion’ is not a plan, and it is not preparedness.” —- Dr. Arthur Kellermann,…

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Meet the NFPA 2013 Annual Fuel Testing Requirements

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  Three Actions you can take to assure your Emergency Power Supply system (EPSS) is in NFPA compliance: Schedule a fuel test in all above ground (ABS) and underground storage (UST) tanks. Schedule periodic fuel polishing of stored fuel for best fuel maintenance practices to ensure a clean fuel supply at all times Maintain a written schedule for routine maintenance and operational testing of the EPSS. Take special note of the last point – maintaining adequate records. …

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Being Ready for Disaster

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we’ve seen that natural disasters are a serious matter. During the intense storm, emergency generators at New York University Langone Medical Center failed and all patients had to be evacuated other hospitals. Nearly 50 of the patients were described as “critical” and were being taken to the Mt. Sinai Medical Center. This kind of life-threatening situation can be avoided. It is highly recommended that a backup generator system is…

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Everett Filter Plant

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We wanted to share a couple pics from a job we did for the Everett Filter Plant.  This involved maintaining a surge tower using a lift enabling us to maintain the tank. We also fabricated and installed fuel containment assemblies for this tower tank.  No matter the size or nature of the task, Northwest Environmental Services is ready to take it on.

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