News Release 038

Department of Natural Resources refers three businesses to attorney general for enforcement action for underground storage tank violations

Volume 38-038 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 3, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources today referred three Missouri businesses to the Missouri Attorney General's Office to pursue legal actions. These businesses failed to comply with financial responsibility requirements for underground storage tanks, a violation of Missouri's Underground Storage Tank Law and Regulations.

Businesses referred to the attorney general in December were:

All of these facilities are cited with operating petroleum underground storage tanks without a required financial responsibility mechanism. Petroleum underground storage tank owners and operators are required to have funds to pay for cleanup and damages that may occur from a petroleum release from their underground storage tank systems. Mechanisms to meet the requirements of financial responsibility could include:

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.

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 bring the facility into compliance and be protective of human health and the environment, the department will refer the case.

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