American Welding & Tank Issues Statement Regarding Department of Transportation Action
MECHANICSBURG, Pa., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — American Welding & Tank (AWT) announced today that it disputes a recent action brought by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding the manufacture of certain anhydrous ammonia tanks in early 2010.
AWT believes it has always followed and met all federal guidelines for the manufacture of anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks and has provided this information to the DOT. AWT is extremely disappointed at this arbitrary and unjustified action. The Company is not aware of even a single incidence of injury or property damage from a pinhole defect in any anhydrous ammonia tank manufactured by AWT.
AWT, North America’s leading provider of anhydrous ammonia storage tanks, has successfully passed recent regulatory reviews. In March 2011, the DOT concluded a routine inspection that did not require the Company to take a single corrective action. This inspection was followed by the Company’s annual successful ASME examination in May 2011.
AWT has always worked, and will continue to work, with customers to minimize any safety risk related to using and maintaining anhydrous ammonia storage tanks and to quickly and effectively respond to any issues. Because of the corrosive nature of anhydrous ammonia and general wear and tear on equipment, customers should regularly inspect tanks and related equipment for any sign of damage, wear, or leak.
AWT repairs weld issues at no cost to customers for AWT tanks manufactured within the last three years, in accordance with our warranty policy, the longest in the industry. Customers with questions about their tanks can contact their normal AWT representative.
SOURCE American Welding & Tank