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EPA CITES SIX FACILITIES IN NORTH CAROLINA FOR VIOLATIONS OF UNDERGROUND STORAGE TANK REGULATIONS

 ATLANTA, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, has cited six facilities in North Carolina for violations of Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations.
 The facilities were cited during joint inspections with the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources conducted in November 1992.
 The agency will be issuing field citations for violations of UST regulations throughout the Southeast. The enforcement actions taken in North Carolina mark the first time EPA Region IV has used the field citation program. EPA Region IV includes the states of Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Kentucky.
 The six facilities cited and penalty amounts assessed are as follows:
 Sandersons Kwik Stop, Warsaw $450
 Viewmont Exxon, Hickory $350
 Jack B. Quick, Hickory $300
 Merchants Distributing, Inc., Hickory $350
 Thriftway Food Mart, Winston $300
 Carroll Foods, Warsaw $450
 Field citations are issued to owners or operators of UST facilities immediately upon the completion of a facility inspection for certain violations in which no immediate threat to the environment or health of persons is documented. The owners/operators of the facilities cited have the opportunity to come into compliance with UST regulations and pay the penalty within 30 days of issuance of the citation. If the owner/operator does not bring the facility into compliance or pay the penalty within 30 days, EPA may initiate other actions.
 EPA's UST program works to prevent leaks and to clean up past releases of petroleum products or hazardous substances from underground storage tanks. EPA has developed standards for new tanks that protect against corrosion and other causes of leaks and also includes systems to monitor leaks. These standards also define financial responsibility in case of leaks, as well as grounds for corrective action on the 1.8 million tanks across the country. Leaking USTs can cause fires and explosions, contaminate drinking water and damage lakes and streams.
 -0- 12/18/92
 /CONTACT: Charlis Thompson of the United States Enviornmental Protection Agency press office, 404-347-3004/


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