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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 22, 2005

Contact: Erin Phalon
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DEP ISSUES PENALTIES FOR UNDERGROUND STORAGE
TANK VIOLATIONS IN NEWARK AND LIVINGSTON

TRENTON (05/80) -- Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today announced that the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) fined five facilities in Essex County for violating state hazardous materials storage laws. The Livingston and Newark facilities, which include commercial gas retailers and suppliers and a sanitation company, failed to comply with regulations pertaining to underground storage tanks.

"Leaking underground storage tanks are the leading source of contaminated ground water in New Jersey," said Commissioner Campbell. "DEP's inspection program protects water quality and public health, which is why we will continue to vigilantly enforce hazardous materials storage laws."

The Essex County enforcement actions are part of a statewide compliance inspection program to prevent pollution by reducing the number of leaking underground storage tanks. DEP established 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.

  • Blue Seven Service Station of Newark was fined $71,000 for failing to properly insure and register its underground storage tanks, failing to maintain and test its leak detection systems and failing to maintain and operate its corrosion control system.

  • East Coast Sanitation of Livingston was fined $37,750 for violations including failing to properly insure and register its underground storage tank system and failing to maintain and test its leak detection systems.

  • Inlander Services of Livingston was fined $16,750 for failing to properly register its underground storage tanks and failing to provide corrosion control for some of its underground storage tank product piping.

  • Pure Fuel Company of Newark was fined $15,000 for introducing fuel into underground storage tanks that were not properly registered.

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

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.

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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