Jan 30, 2009

Shell Oil Co. Agrees to Clean Up Washington, D.C., Spill Site

Proposed settlement would require Shell to continue to monitor groundwater

Shell Oil Co. will pay $2.1 million to remediate contamination caused by leaking underground storage tanks at a former gasoline station in Washington, D.C., the Justice Department said Jan. 28.

A Federal Register notice said that tanks at the Southeast Federal Center released benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene into the soil and groundwater, Environment & Energy Daily reported.

Under a proposed settlement, Shell would continue to monitor groundwater under a plan worked out with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

There is now a 30-day comment period.