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EPA settles underground storage tank violations at RFK Stadium

Contact Information: 
Roy Seneca (seneca.roy@epa.gov)

PHILADELPHIA (November 18, 2015) - The District of Columbia Department of General Services has agreed to pay a $10,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations that help protect communities and the environment from exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.

EPA cited the District for not complying with safeguards designed to prevent, detect, and control leaks of petroleum and other hazardous substances from underground storage tanks. According to EPA, the District did not conduct monthly leak detection monitoring of a 1,000-gallon fiberglass gasoline tank at the stadium. The alleged violation involved various periods from 2010 through 2014. The tank was closed and removed in early 2015.

With millions of gallons of petroleum products and hazardous substances stored in underground storage tanks throughout the country, leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwater contamination. EPA and state regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks and to promptly detect and properly address leaks thus minimizing environmental harm and avoiding the costs of major cleanups.

The settlement penalty reflects the District's cooperation with EPA in correcting the alleged non-compliance and resolving this matter.

For more information on underground storage tanks, go to: http://www.epa.gov/oust/index.htm .