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Number: 03-56
Released: July 17, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Brookhaven Lab Installs Bulk Motor Oil Tanks

Allows Use of Recycled Motor Oil

UPTON, NY -- Two new 500-gallon oil-storage tanks -- one for gasoline-engine motor oil and one for diesel-engine motor oil -- were recently installed in the automotive shop at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. Using these double-walled tanks for oil storage, rather than 55-gallon drums, permits the purchase of recycled motor oil for the Laboratory’s fleet of more than 300 gasoline, compressed natural gas, and/or diesel-powered vehicles. The motor oil is made from almost 100 percent recycled oil, known as re-refined oil, and meets all automotive manufacturers’ requirements. In addition, another 280-gallon gasoline motor oil tank was placed in the public gas station on the Laboratory site.

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Standing by the new double-walled “Lube Cubes” in the Lab’s automotive shop are two Brookhaven Lab employees -- fleet manager Henry Hauptman (left) and environmental professional Peter Pohlot (right) -- who together proposed using the larger tanks as part of the Laboratory’s 2003 pollution prevention program. Brookhaven’s motor vehicle maintenance supervisor Roland Baillargeon (above) shows how easy it is to check the amount of oil in the tank.

Using the new tanks minimizes the potential for oil spills, compared to using drums. Also, drum deposit fees no longer apply, costly disposal of drums is eliminated, and the cost to purchase bulk oil is less than the price of purchasing it in drums. While the cost of installing the new tanks is approximately $4,000, the return on that investment is expected to take two years or less. The Lab’s Pollution Prevention Program funded the project.