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Plaza Fuel, Inc. Settles Alleged Fuel Storage Tank Violations at New Castle, Delaware Truck Stop

Release Date: 3/26/2003
Contact Information: Bonnie Smith 215-814-5543

Contact: Bonnie Smith 215-814-5543

PHILADELPHIA – Plaza Fuel, Inc., owner of the Delaware Truck Stop in New Castle, Del., has agreed to pay a $6,000 penalty to settle an EPA complaint alleging violations of regulations designed to prevent fuel leaks from underground storage tanks.

Delaware Truck Stop, located at 194 S. DuPont Highway, has one 10,000-gallon and one 20,000-gallon underground diesel fuel tank. EPA’s December 27, 2002 complaint cited Plaza Fuel for violating record-keeping and inventory control requirements which assist in determining if the tanks have a leak The violations were discovered in a November 7, 2001 inspection by EPA and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

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:

As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but certified that it is now in compliance with applicable storage tank requirements.