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Complaint issued to four New York companies for violating underground storage tank regulations
Environmental Protection Agency officials have issued a complaint to the owners and operators of several upstate New York gasoline stations for violating federal regulations governing 17 underground storage tanks. The complaint, which seeks $233,000 in penalties, was issued to four companies: Andrew B. Chase, Chase Services Inc., Chase Convenience Stores Inc. and Chase Commercial Land Development Inc. These companies own or operate gas stations in Lyon Mountain, N.Y.; Plattsburgh, N.Y.; Peru, N.Y.; Redford, N.Y.; and Dannemora, N.Y.
“Gas station owners have an important role to play in ensuring that groundwater is not contaminated with petroleum,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck. “When underground storage tanks are not properly maintained, they can leak and contaminate groundwater, which in many instances in this area of New York is used for drinking water.”
The complaint alleged that the various owners and/or operators failed to: