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Klamath Falls Mini Marts pay $30,000 penalty for failing to check tanks for leaks

Release Date: 06/23/2011
Contact Information: Katherine Griffith, EPA UST Program, 206-553-2901,, Tony Brown, EPA Public Affairs, 206-553-1203,

(Seattle – June 23, 2011) – The owners and operators of three AMA Mini Mart gas stations in Klamath Falls, Oregon, have agreed to pay $30,000 for failing to properly monitor seven underground petroleum storage tanks (USTs) for leaks for over two years.

Under federal and state rules, owners and operators of USTs are required to test tanks for leaks on a monthly basis in order to protect groundwater from pollution.

According to Edward Kowalski, EPA’s Director of the Office of Compliance and Enforcement in Seattle, leaking tanks can also endanger drinking water.

“Out of sight should not mean out of mind when it comes to underground fuel storage tanks,” said EPA’s Kowalski. “Groundwater is often a community’s only source of drinking water. Owners of tanks must do their part to prevent oil and gas leaks and help protect people from polluted water.”

EPA inspected the AMA Mini Marts in October 2009 and found that all of the USTs at the three sites lacked the required monthly release detection for the tanks and annual testing required for the associated piping, a violation of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).

EPA alleges that AMA Mini Mart owner Anesti Audeh was in violation from at least October 2008 through March 2011. The owner has since taken action to bring the three AMA Mini Mart facilities into compliance and has agreed to submit compliance documentation to EPA for the next six months.

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