A South Burlington, Vt., gas station owes the state of Vermont $35,000 in civil penalties as part of a settlement for an alleged gasoline leak from an underground storage tank (UST), Legal Newsline reported.
Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell noted that Slimain Handy’s Convenience Stores, the owners of the Gracey’s Store gas station and convenience store in South Burlington, had agreed to the settlement, following the alleged gasoline leak from the UST in October 2006 that contaminated the soil and groundwater nearby.
“We take the enforcement of our environmental laws seriously, particularly when it involves a release of a hazardous substance like gasoline,” Sorrell said. “Because even a small amount of gasoline can cause serious environmental harm, owners of underground storage tanks must be vigilant in monitoring their tanks.”
Following the cleanup of the contaminated soil and groundwater the Attorney General’s Office and the Agency of Natural Resources Underground Storage Tank Program sought the cleanup costs.