News Release 162

DSuper Stop referred to attorney general for enforcement action for underground storage tank violations

Volume 38-162 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MARCH. 26, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred Super Stop #12, located in Neosho, Newton County, to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of Missouri’s Underground Storage Tank law and regulations.

Super Stop is cited with having an underground storage tank made out of bare steel and not providing the department with verification that the tank has been protected against corrosion. An underground storage tank constructed out of bare steel can corrode which can result in a release of petroleum and harm the environment and public health. While it is permissible to use a bare steel tank the department requires documentation from the facility that verifies the tank has been adequately protected from corrosion. The department has not received this documentation from Super Stop.

Because of this, the department must assume the tank is not protected and the tank must be properly, permanently closed. The department contacted the business owner of this site multiple times, but has not received an adequate response.

Due to the serious nature of these violations, the department referred this matter directly to the attorney general to seek an appropriate civil penalty for the violations. Pursuant to the Missouri Constitution, civil penalties are paid to the school fund of the county in which the violation occurred.

Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations exist to protect the public and Missouri's air, soil and water resources and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department's enforcement actions help protect human health and the environment by requiring facilities to achieve and maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with regulatory standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be assessed to ensure future compliance by removing the economic benefit of continued noncompliance.

The department strives to work with owners and operators to fix problems before an issue is referred. In situations where the responsible party is unwilling or unable to cooperate to bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case to the Attorney General’s Office.

For more information, contact the department's Hazardous Waste Program at 573-751-3176 or call toll-free at 800-361-4827.