Dec 12, 2014

Texas Receives EPA Grant to Prevent Underground Tank Contamination

EPA Awards Texas more than $2.5 million to reduce water contamination risk in underground tanks

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality $2,506,000 to prevent and respond to petroleum leaks from underground storage tanks (USTs).

Leaks from USTs allow toxic fumes and vapors to escape and collect in areas such as parking garages or basements, where they can cause explosions or respiratory illness. Toxic contaminants also can leak into groundwater sources that people depend on for drinking water. Regularly monitoring tanks and pipe minimizes contamination risks.

USTs contain petroleum products like diesel fuel, gasoline and kerosene. Some are used to store hazardous substances. The greatest potential hazard from a leaking UST is that contaminants can seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans, making the water unsafe or unpleasant to drink.

EPA regularly works with state, local and tribal governments to ensure that UST systems are installed, operated, maintained and closed safely. EPA UST grants help provide technical assistance, outreach, training, inspections and enforcement.

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