News Release 683

St. Louis service station referred to attorney general for underground storage tank violations

Volume 38-683 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 7, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred the case against a St. Louis business to the Missouri Attorney General’s office to pursue civil penalties for violations of Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law.

The department referred the facility registered as, 565Debaliviere Avenue, to the attorney general alleging there are underground storage tanks on-site that are in violation of Missouri’s laws and regulations.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources performed an inspection of the 16 underground storage tanks installed at the facility. Hazardous substances are being stored in two tanks that are not double-walled tanks. To help protect soil, groundwater and nearby residents from contamination, hazardous substances must be stored in a double-wall vessel.

 The facility has not shown documentation that the corrosion protection equipment for underground storage tank system components have been inspected, as required. Department inspectors also noted the facility had failed to install and maintain overfill and spill prevention devices.  Furthermore, the facility failed to submit results of its possible release investigation steps following the discovery of product in two observation wells on the property.

Due to the serious nature of these violations, the department referred this matter to the attorney general to compel compliance and to seek an appropriate civil penalty for the violations. The Missouri Constitution requires civil penalties to be paid to the school fund of the county in which the violation occurred.

Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law exists to protect public health and the environment, and the department is responsible for enforcing the law and regulations.

The department's enforcement actions help protect public 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 standards and then ensure it has the tools to remain in compliance. As part of that process, penalties may be used 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 to the Attorney General's Office for legal action.