Apr 01, 2013

West Virginia Settles Alleged Regulations Violations

West Virginia Department of Transportation to pay $30,000 for alleged storage tank regulation violations

West Virginia Department of Transportation Underground Storage Tank Violations

The West Virginia Department of Transportation (W.Va. DOT) has agreed to pay a $30,000 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank (UST) regulations at 10 facilities operated by its Division of Highways, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced. As part of the settlement, W.Va. DOT has also agreed to statewide improvements of its UST monitoring procedures.

With millions of gallons of petroleum products and hazardous substances stored in USTs throughout the U.S., leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwater contamination. EPA and state UST regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks and to promptly detect and properly address leaks, thus minimizing environmental harm and avoiding the costs of major cleanups.

EPA cited W.Va. DOT for not complying with federal and state safeguards designed to prevent, detect and control leaks of petroleum and other hazardous substances from underground tanks. The agency alleged that W.Va. DOT failed to perform and/or document required release detection activities at a total of 17 USTs used to store diesel fuel and used oil at Division of Highway facilities. These facilities are located in the following municipalities: Barbourville, Berkeley Springs, Buckhannon, Forest Hill, Gassaway, Harrisville, New Creek, Peterson, Wilkinson and Williamson.

In addition to the $30,000 penalty, W.Va. DOT has agreed to improve release detection procedures at 43 underground fuel tank facilities statewide by upgrading to a more sophisticated monitoring system that complies with regulatory requirements.

The settlement penalty reflects the W.Va. DOT’s cooperation with EPA in correcting the alleged noncompliance and resolving this matter.

For more information on USTs, click here.