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Chemical Storage In An Old Fuel Tank
Steve Barrie turned an old fuel tank he got for nothing into a chemical storage facility and won an environmental award for doing so.
"These aren't law yet but they will be one day, I believe," says Barrie, a Bowmanville, Ontario, dairy and grain farmer. He and his wife, Tina, recently won first-place in an Ontario environmental award program.
The Barnes ibuilt the pesticide storage facility out of a salvaged 5,000-gal. under-ground fiberglass fuel tank. After thoroughly cleaning out the tank, Barrie cut one end of the 7-ft. dia. tank off and upended the tank like a silo. It sits on a 10-in. thick seamless concrete pad with a 6-in. sill around it to contain any chemical spills. A hinged door cut in the side of the tank permits loading and unloading 13-gal. totes and mini bulk pesticide containers used on the Barnes' 800-acre farm. The door can be secured with latches and a lock. A turbine on top provides ventilation and warning signs are clearly visible on the outside.
The Bathes built the facility about a year and a half ago for $185 in materials.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Steve Barrie, 2591 Bragg Rd., Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada LIC 3K5 (ph 905 623-9467).


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1995 - Volume #19, Issue #3