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Mitchell Auto Parts of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia Settles Underground Storage Tank Violations

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

Bonnie Smith, 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA – Mitchell Auto Parts of Bruceton Mills, W.V., has settled alleged violations of underground fuel storage tank regulations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

The company agreed to pay a $9,782 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal and West Virginia regulations designed to prevent, detect, and control fuel leaks from underground storage tanks. EPA cited the company for failing to conduct required leak detection and inspections of its 10,000-gallon and 5,000-gallon gasoline underground storage tanks.

As part of the settlement, Mitchell Auto Parts neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but certified its compliance with applicable underground storage tank regulations. The settlement reflects the company=s cooperation with EPA=s investigation, and its good faith compliance efforts.

With millions of gallons of gasoline, oil, and other petroleum products stored in underground storage tanks throughout the U.S., leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwater contamination. EPA and state underground storage tank regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks, and thus avoid the costs of major cleanups. For more information on EPA=s underground storage tank program, visit: