News Release 456

Department refers St. Joseph business to attorney general for underground storage tank violations           

Volume 38-456 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Larry Archer

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, AUG. 9, 2010-- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has referred a St. Joseph convenience store to the Missouri Attorney General’s Office alleging the business failed to comply with financial responsibility requirements for underground storage tanks, a violation of Missouri’s Underground Storage Tank Law.

The department has referred the case against Kwik Stop #7, 2014 South Belt Highway, to the Attorney General’s Office alleging the facility operated 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 as the result of a petroleum release from their underground storage tank systems.

If owners and operators do not meet their responsibilities under the law, the considerable cost of any potential cleanup is going to fall, ultimately, on taxpayers and consumers,” said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources.

Operators can meet the meet the requirements of financial responsibility in any of 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.

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