News Release 677

Mercer County gas station referred to attorney general for underground storage tank violations

Volume 38-677 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC. 2, 2010 -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources referred the case against a former Mercer County gas station 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 Johnson’s Service/Snyder’s MFA, located at the junction of highways 65 and 136 in Princeton, to the attorney general alleging there are underground storage tanks on-site that have not been maintained and need to be properly, permanently closed.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources inspected the four temporarily closed underground storage tanks installed at the facility. Two of the tanks were used for gasoline, one for waste oil and one for used oil.  The facility has not shown documentation that required corrosion protection upgrades have been maintained. The tanks must be permanently closed.

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 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.

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