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Greater Cleveland RTA settles UST violations; to remove four tanks at central rail maintenance facility

Release Date: 10/02/2009
Contact Information: Kären Thompson, 312-353-8547,

No. 09-OPA189

CHICAGO (Oct. 2, 2009) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority on alleged violations of federal underground storage tank regulations.

The settlement resolves EPA's allegations that the Greater Cleveland RTA stored antifreeze, a hazardous substance, in single-walled underground storage tanks that did not have adequate secondary containment systems at its 2500 Woodhill Road and 4601 Euclid Ave. garage facilities. RTA also failed to adequately test the cathode protection on steel piping of the underground storage system at its 4371 Pearl Road facility.

Under the terms of the settlement, the Greater Cleveland RTA will pay a penalty of $6,000 and spend at least $22,500 to remove four 550-gallon underground storage tanks at the Central Rail Maintenance Facility at 6200 Grand Ave. A SEP is an environmentally beneficial project that protects and enhances public health and the environment.

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