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United States Air Force to Pay $12,823 Penalty for Underground Storage Tank Violations in Nebraska

Release Date: 09/28/2012
Contact Information: Ben Washburn, 913-551-7364, washburn.ben@epa.gov

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 28, 2012) - The United States Air Force has agreed to pay a $12,823 penalty to the United States for Underground Storage Tank (UST) violations in three Nebraska counties. The violations occurred at Air Force facilities in western Nebraska.

In addition to paying the civil penalty, the Air Force is required to conduct a tank tightness test to determine if one of the USTs is leaking. The Air Force is unable to account for 1,490 gallons of diesel fuel in that tank.

According to an administrative consent agreement and final order filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, Kan., routine inspections of the facilities discovered the violations, some of which were repeat violations.

The violations included failure to provide overfill protection for an existing tank, failure to conduct annual inspections of the corrosion protection system, and failure to report a suspected release to the implementing agency.

By agreeing to the settlement with EPA, the United States Air Force has certified that it is now in compliance with all requirements of the RCRA regulations.

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