Augusta to pay fines for underground tank violations

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 5:23 PM
Last updated Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:59 AM
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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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Dixieman
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Dixieman 04/30/13 - 04:45 pm
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MY FAVORITE ACRONYM

Is the official bureaucratic EPA designation for leaking underground storage tanks: LUST. Not a joke.

paulwheeler
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paulwheeler 04/30/13 - 09:40 pm
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So, is the first time the EPD

So, is the first time the EPD has ever inspected these tanks? If not, these deficiencies have probably been noted in the past and not corrected?

If this IS the first inspection, sounds like a pretty stiff fine for the first offense.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 05/01/13 - 05:35 am
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ARC don't do maintenance.
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ARC do "run to failure". The ARC of No Covenant serving the 2nd largest city in Georgia.

bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 05/01/13 - 07:41 am
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Glad to see that the city

Glad to see that the city employees are on top of this!! Not. Now let's see how quick they can get the problems fixed.My bet is many months the way they work. Anyway, great going Auguata and by the way, who dropped the ball this time?

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Little Lamb 05/01/13 - 11:48 am
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# 12, 348

Your honor, attorney for the plaintiff wishes to place into evidence exhibit 12,348 showing that City Administrator Fred (What, me worry?) Russell continues to show disdain and contempt for the taxpayers of this county in the way he conducts himself on the job.

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