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Milwaukee settles UST violations, begins project to clean up, redevelop three city properties

Release Date: 01/03/2006
Contact Information: Karen Thompson, (312) 353-8547

No. 06-OPA002

CHICAGO (Jan. 3, 2006) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with the city of Milwaukee on alleged violations of federal underground storage tank regulations.

EPA alleges the city failed to install and monitor overfill prevention systems on underground storage tanks at 13 police, fire and garage facilities it owns and operates. It is now in compliance.

Under the terms of the settlement, the City will perform a supplemental environmental project, or SEP, costing at least $51,855, and pay a penalty of $9,000. The SEP will be an environmental assessment of three tax- delinquent facilities in the city that are suspected of having petroleum contamination from leaking underground storage tanks. The properties are located at 4907 W. Fond du Lac Ave., 3105 N. Richards St., and 603 E. Locust St. The ultimate goal of this project is to clean up and redevelop the three properties. A SEP is an environmentally beneficial project that protects and enhances public health and the environment.

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