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EPA Cites N.Y. Company for Underground Fuel Tank Violations at Stroudsburg and Scotrun, Pa. Stations

Release Date: 04/18/2006
Contact Information: Mike Frankel, 215-814-2665

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has cited Century Oil Acquisition Corp. for failing to take required measures to detect and prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks at two company owned gas stations in east-central Pennsylvania.

In its complaint and compliance order, EPA cited the Spring Valley, N.Y.-based company for violations of underground storage tank regulations at two former Texaco gas stations. A March 30, 2004 inspection by EPA and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection revealed that the company did not provide required corrosion protection, and leak prevention and detection safeguards for the six underground tanks.

Violations were cited at the North Fifth Street Texaco, at 1410 N. 5th St., Stroudsburg, Pa., where two 10,000-gallon and one 2,000-gallon gasoline underground storage tanks were located. Also cited, the Scotrun Texaco, Route 611, Scotrun, Pa., where a 6,000 gallon, a 4,000 gallon and a 3,000 gallon gasoline underground storage tank were located.

EPA will propose a specific penalty after giving the company an opportunity to respond to the complaint, and present information on the alleged violations. EPA has ordered the company to correct the alleged violations, and to certify its compliance with applicable federal and state underground storage tank regulations.

With millions of gallons of gasoline, oil and other petroleum products stored in underground storage tanks throughout the U.S., leaking tanks are a major source of potential soil and groundwater contamination. EPA and state underground storage tank regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks and to promptly detect and properly address leaks which do occur. These regulations help to minimize environmental harm and reduce the cost of cleanups.

The company has the right to contest the alleged violations and the proposed penalty and may request a public hearing.

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