News Release 352

High Ridge business referred to attorney general for underground storage tank violations

Volume 38-352 (For Immediate Release)
Contact:   Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, JUNE 17, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred High Ridge BP in High Ridge, Jefferson County, to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office for violations of Missouri’s Underground Storage Tank Law.

In the referral to the attorney general, the department alleges that High Ridge BP has been operating petroleum underground storage tanks without the required financial responsibility mechanism. The state’s underground storage tank law requires tank owners and operators to have funds to pay for cleanup and damages that may occur from a petroleum release from their systems. Operators can meet the requirements of financial responsibility in several ways:

Missouri’s Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations exist to protect human health and the environmental 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 maintain compliance. The main goal in any enforcement action is to work with a facility to successfully achieve compliance with the 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.

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