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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5
, 2005

Contact: Erin Phalon
(609) 984-1795

DEP ISSUES PENALTIES FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE
TANK VIOLATIONS IN ATLANTIC AND CAPE MAY COUNTIES

(05/33) TRENTON - Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined six facilities in Atlantic and Cape May counties for violating state hazardous materials storage law. The facilities, which include commercial gas retailers, a bus service and a fuel provider, failed to comply with regulations pertaining to underground storage tanks.

"Proper underground storage tank insurance, registration and monitoring are key to the protection of water quality and public health," said Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell. "These enforcement actions should put tank owners on notice: DEP will hold accountable those who jeopardize New Jersey's natural resources."

The Atlantic and Cape May County enforcement actions are part of a statewide compliance inspection program to prevent pollution by reducing the number of leaking underground storage tanks. DEP is establishing a group of 18 state and county inspectors to conduct compliance inspections every three years at each of the 8,000 facilities statewide that contain regulated underground storage tanks.

Owners and operators of underground storage tanks also must register their tank systems with DEP on a three-year cycle. Testing and cleanup work is underway by responsible parties at more than 4,000 sites statewide where underground storage tanks have leaked resulting in soil or ground water contamination.

Failure to register tanks inhibits DEP's ability to regulate underground storage, prevent pollution and reduce leaks and contamination.

Route 47 Citgo in Wildwood was fined $15,000 for maintaining a disabled and inoperable overfill device. Additional violations noted include failing to properly insure and register its underground storage tank (UST) system, mark its fuel filling areas, perform requisite leak detector tests and provide a leak response plan. Overfill devices prevent USTs from overflowing while being filled. DEP monitors also detected motor fuel contamination in groundwater at the tank field. Route 47 Citgo also must investigate and document the site's possible contamination.

First Student, a commercial bus service in Galloway Township, was fined $15,000 for failing to register USTs. Additional violations noted include failing to mark fill ports and test its corrosion and leak protection systems and inspect and clean sumps, spill buckets and catch basins.

DEP imposed a delivery ban and fined Ocean View Service Station in Dennis Township $30,000 for failing to register its USTs and failing to provide leak detection.

DEP also imposed a delivery ban and penalties of $45,000 at Cedar Lane Gulf Station in Dennis Township for failing to register USTs and provide release detection and corrosion protection.

DEP imposed a delivery ban and $45,000 fine upon Egg Harbor Gas and Go for failing to properly register, insure and provide release detection for its underground storage tanks. Additional violations noted include failing to inspect and clean sumps and catchment basins and failing to provide a release response plan. DEP staff also detected a gasoline leak at Egg Harbor Gas and Go.

Pedroni Fuel Company of Buena was fined $45,000 for delivering fuel to unregistered and suspected leaking USTs at Ocean View Service Station and improperly registered USTs at Cedar Lane Gulf Station.

DEP provides compliance assistance to owners and operators of facilities with underground storage tank systems. State and federal laws require all owners and operators to maintain leak detection, corrosion and overfill prevention and other measures to prevent tank leaks. DEP also will track all inspections and enforcement actions taken when responsible parties fail to comply with relevant laws.

 

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