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          crew loads the pieces onto trucks and hauls them.  Next, the crew           
          performs beveling work on the plate edges to prepare for welding            
          them back together.  Finally, the crew rebuilds the tank using              
          the same procedure as used for new tank construction.  See supra            
          p. 7.  The cutting and loading jobs can be performed in about 1             
          week, on top of the 5 to 6 weeks for reconstruction at the new              
               One possible problem when using this method to relocate                
          tanks is that, when a tank is put back together, the steel may              
          not return to its previous shape.  In addition, Government-                 
          imposed highway weight restrictions may limit the use of this               
          relocation method.  For example, the Federal allowable highway              
          weight load is 90,000 pounds, which includes the truck’s weight.            
               4.  Other Tank Relocation Issues                                       
               In addition to weight restrictions, other highway-related              
          restrictions, including width and height restrictions, may make             
          it difficult to transport tanks, particularly when the tanks are            
          intact.  However, because most terminal facilities are located on           
          water or near water, it is possible to move a tank via barge                
          instead.  In contrast to highway tank relocations, barge                    
          relocations are a much less restrictive method, even though, in             
          some cases, bridges over waterways could create height and width            

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