The Edmond Sun

Local News

March 7, 2014

Tank removal clears way for auxiliary project

EDMOND — Removal of a 10,000-gallon fuel storage tank takes the city one step closer toward construction of a new Edmond Police Department secondary work site.

Mid-day Friday, Oklahoma Environmental Services removed an underground tank from city-owned property located just west of the railroad tracks off 33rd Street. When the site is fully prepared, work will begin on a 15,000-square-foot structure that will house Edmond Police Department evidence and lab work and related functions.

OES Environmental Manager Tobey Heater said a second storage tank will be removed from the site early next week. Heater said the tanks were filled with diesel and regular gasoline.

Regarding when work will begin in earnest on the Police Department facility, City of Edmond Project Coordinator Randy Drew said some of the work has begun but an exact timeframe isn’t available yet. Drew said the site was formerly a vehicle maintenance facility for city vehicles until the mid-2000s. An existing structure, which was a garage, will be repurposed.

OES President Deanna Atkinson said this type of job requires abiding by rules set by the City of Edmond and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which licenses company staff. Atkinson said the process also includes competitive bidding, oversight, required soil and groundwater sample collection and submission of final reports to ensure compliance.

Atkinson said OES’ staff includes environmental scientists, geologists and technicians who work to solve a customer’s environmental needs. Atkinson said the company uses a network of contractors to provide cost-effective services.

 

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