Precedent-Setting Penalty Upheld for Underground Fuel Storage Tank Violations at 23 Gas Stations in MD, VA and DC

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 18, 2008

News release: “EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) has upheld the agency’s enforcement action against the owner of Lowest Price gas stations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. In cooperation with state and D.C. officials, EPA filed a complaint in September 2002 against gas station owner, Euclid of Virginia, Inc. for violating regulations designed to detect and prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks (USTs). In a March 11, 2007 decision, the EAB ruled against every issue raised in an appeal filed by Euclid of Virginia, Inc. The board ordered the company to pay a $3,164,555 penalty for violations involving 72 underground storage tanks at 23 gas stations. The company had appealed an administrative law judge’s November 2006 assessment of a $3.08 million penalty for these violations — the largest penalty ever assessed by an EPA administrative law judge for violations of any federal environmental law.”

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