Department of Natural Resources refers six cases to Attorney General for enforcement action

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-271 For Immediate Release: Aug. 20, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has asked the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal action against six Missouri businesses for violations of the Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations.  The Department contacted the owners of these tank sites multiple times, but has not received an adequate response.

The Hazardous Waste Management Commission, at their Aug. 20 meeting in Jefferson City, voted to refer the cases to the Attorney General's Office to compel compliance with Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations and to seek an appropriate civil penalty for violations at the site.

The Department has asked the Attorney General to take enforcement actions against:

Former AC Motors in St. Louis
The facility is cited with failure to comply with proper, permanent closure requirements.  There are two underground storage tanks at the facility. These tanks are temporarily closed, but do not meet current standards and must be permanently closed.

Former Brandsville Store in Brandsville
The primary violation is failure to properly, permanently close the non-compliant underground storage tanks. At a compliance inspection in 2008, the Department confirmed the facility had two temporarily closed underground tanks. The tanks did not meet current standards and must be permanently closed.

Case's Corner in Brighton
The facility is cited with seven violations including failure to notify the Department of the existence of an underground storage tank system, failure to respond to suspected releases and failure to properly install and maintain spill prevention equipment.

At a compliance inspection in 2008, the Department confirmed the facility had a new underground storage tank, which the Department had not been informed of by the business. New underground storage tanks systems must be registered with the Department. Other violations were recorded at the same inspection.

Four Seasons Industries in Parkville
The facility is cited with three violations.  The primary violation is failure to comply with proper, permanent tank closure requirements.  At a compliance inspection in 2008, the Department confirmed the facility had three temporarily closed underground tanks. The tanks did not meet current standards and must be permanently closed.  

Johnson's 66 in Portageville
The facility failed to comply with proper, permanent closure requirements.   These tanks do not meet current standards and must be permanently closed.

Market Street LLC in Kansas CityThe facility is cited with seven violations. The violations include failure to notify the Department of the existence of an underground storage tank system, failure to maintain tank release detection and failure to properly conduct tank and pipe release detection.  The owner of the facility was given multiple opportunities to bring the facility into compliance, but has thus far failed to do so.

Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations exist to protect public and environmental health and the Department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations. Of the nearly 4,000 underground storage tank facilities in Missouri, the majority are in compliance with the law and regulations.

The Department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before the issue is brought to the Hazardous Waste Management Commission. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling to cooperate to bring underground storage tanks into compliance and be protective of environmental and human health, the Department will refer the cases to the Commission.

Additional information about the Commission, including supporting documents related to this compliance case, is available on the Department's website at www.dnr.mo.gov/env/hwp/commission/commis.htm. For more information contact the Department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.

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