PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) — The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 18 the
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PADOT) will pay $26,066 after
allegations of underground storage tank violations in Brownsville and Franklin, where the facilities stored diesel fuel.
The EPA alleged that at these
facilities PADOT failed to conduct proper monitoring or testing of detectors
on pipe lines for leaks. Additionally, PADOT purportedly failed to maintain
proper monitoring records regarding the underground tanks. The EPA notes that none
of the alleged violations involve releases or leaks from the tanks or pipes.
The Brownsville facility is at the intersection of state Routes 40 and 88, while the Franklin facility is at 1460 Pittsburgh Road.
As part of the settlement, PADOT
will strengthen its compliance with environmental regulations at the two
facilities. Doing so will help protect communities and the environment from
potential exposure to harmful chemicals.
The EPA has regulations in place
regarding storage tanks to reduce the risk of underground leaks. Millions of
gallons of petroleum products and hazardous substances are stored in
underground tanks around the country.