December 10, 2012
The Department of Environmental Conservation’s Compliance and Enforcement Division (CED) today announced that it formally settled environmental violations involving Wesco, Inc. and Premium Petroleum, Inc. The settlement includes a $12,750.00 penalty.
The companies own and operate gasoline stations throughout Vermont which are equipped with approved Stage II vapor recovery systems. Under Vermont law Stage II vapor recovery systems must be re-tested at least every 5 years. However, a facility may elect to replace all of its existing fuel dispensers with dispensers that support triple data encryption standard (TDES), and upon approval by the Agency, would no longer be subject to Stage II vapor recovery requirements, including re-testing requirements. In order to obtain verification and approval of TDES capability, the facility must submit appropriate documentation.
Through routine Agency oversight, it was determined that the companies failed to conduct the 5 year re-test at three facilities. In addition, at a number of facilities they installed new dispensers without providing appropriate TDES documentation and failed to conduct the 5 year re-test. For all facilities in question the companies either completed re-testing or submitted sufficient TDES documentation for Stage II discontinuance.
The companies were notified of the violations and agreed to settle the matter. The settlement was reduced to an Assurance of Discontinuance, and adopted as an order by the Environmental Court. In it, Wesco, Inc. and Premium Petroleum, Inc. agreed to pay a $12,750.00 penalty.
Involved Programs: Department of Environmental Conservation, Air Quality Division
Source: Agency of Natural Resources
Last Updated at: December 10, 2012 15:07:16