Augusta to pay fines for underground tank violations

 

The city of Augusta will pay fines of $8,850 and correct environmental violations involving three underground fuel storage tanks.

Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspectors found deficiencies at tanks at the Augusta Riverfront Marina, the city landfill on Deans Bridge Road and the Augusta Public Transit office on Fenwick Street.

According to consent orders signed by City Administrator Fred Russell, the violations included failure to install overflow prevention systems, monitor tanks at least every 30 days and conduct a required annual test of the automatic leak detectors.

In addition to paying fines, city officials will correct all violations immediately, according to the orders, dated April 15 and posted on EPD’s Web site last week.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there are about 584,000 underground tanks nationwide that store petroleum or hazardous substances, including 29,315 in Georgia.

The greatest potential threat from a leaking underground tank is contamination of groundwater. Regulations require that underground tanks be installed properly, protected from spills and overflows, and closed properly.

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