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Contact: Roy Seneca (215) 814-5567
PHILADEPHIA – Under a consent agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Carroll Independent Fuel Co. of Baltimore, Md. has paid a $101,894 penalty for failing to take required measures to detect and prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks at eight Maryland gas stations that are owned or operated by the company.
This is the third time since 2003 that Carroll has been fined for these types of violations in Maryland. In a June 2003 consent agreement with EPA, the company paid a $32,728 penalty for underground storage tank violations at three service stations in Baltimore and Forks, Md. As part of that settlement, the company also agreed to conduct a compliance audit of underground fuel storage tanks at the approximately 70 Maryland facilities owned and/or operated by the company. The compliance audits are being addressed quarterly. The first quarter resulted in seven Maryland facilities being audited and Carroll paying a $29,112 penalty.
The settlement announced today resolves violations of underground storage tank inspection, leak detection and control requirements uncovered in Carroll’s followup compliance audit. The violations involved the following service stations in Maryland:
Baltimore Harford Road Mobil, 9205 Harford Road
Pulaski Citgo, 9525 Pulaski Highway
Bel Air Rockspring Mobil, 1467 Rock Spring Road
Eldersburg Eldersburg Mobil, 1400 Liberty Road
Jarrettsville Jarrettsville Citgo, 1755 Jarrettsville Road,
Linthicum Hammonds Ferry Citgo, 722-724 N. Hammonds Ferry Road
Towson Taylor Avenue Citgo, 900 E. Taylor Avenue
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 soil and groundwater contamination. EPA and state underground storage tank regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks, and thus avoid the costs of major cleanups. EPA works closely with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to prevent and respond to leaking storage tanks, which threaten waterways and drinking water supplies throughout the state. MDE’s Oil Control program is overseeing more than a thousand underground storage tank cleanups statewide.
For more information on EPA’s and MDE’s Underground Storage Tank program, visit http://www.epa.gov/swerust1/ and http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/LandPrograms/Oil_Control/USThome/index.asp.