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EPA SETTLES WITH ALTAMAHA OIL COMPANY, INC., BAXLEY, GA., AND ACTION PETROLEUM, INC., PRESTONSBURG, KY., FOR UST VIOLATIONS

 EPA SETTLES WITH ALTAMAHA OIL COMPANY, INC., BAXLEY, GA., AND ACTION
 PETROLEUM, INC., PRESTONSBURG, KY., FOR UST VIOLATIONS
 ATLANTA, Feb. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that Altamaha Oil Company, Inc., Baxley, Ga., and Action Petroleum, Inc. of Prestonsburg, Ky., have entered into Consent Agreements with the agency.
 The agreements settle complaints that were issued against the companies for alleged violations of the Underground Storage Tank (UST) regulations. Under the terms of both agreements, the companies must certify compliance with the release detection requirements for USTs and underground piping.
 "EPA will continue to take vigorous enforcement action against companies which fail to comply with federal laws governing underground storage tanks," said Greer C. Tidwell, EPA regional administrator. "The settlements announced today are a part of the agency's region-wide initiative taken to ensure that underground storage tanks have proper mechanisms in place to detect potential releases. Since May 1991, 14 enforcement actions have been taken against owners and operators of underground storage tanks," Tidwell added.
 Altamaha Oil Company, Inc. was cited because it failed to comply with the release detection requirements for USTs and underground piping at its facility located at 191 E. Cherry Street in Jesup, Ga.
 Action Petroleum, Inc. was cited because it failed to comply with the release detection requirements for USTs and underground piping at three facilities: Rt. 460 East, Salyersville, Ky.; Rt. 40, Paintsville, Ky.; and 721 University Dr., Prestonsburg, Ky.
 Current federal regulations require, in part, that an owner/operator of a UST system installed before 1974 comply with the release detection requirements for underground storage tanks and underground suction piping. The regulations also require release detection for all UST systems with pressurized piping installed before Dec. 22, 1988.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Terry of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 404-347-3004/ CO: United States Environmental Protection Agency; Altamaha Oil Company,
 Inc.; Action Petroleum, Inc. ST: Georgia, Kentucky IN: SU: EXE


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