DEQ Fines Fuel Business In Coquille

The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a fuel shipping business in Coquille, a $1,900 penalty. Ron’s Oil Company received a reminder from the DEQ to pay attention to Oregon’s underground storage tank leak detection requirements. The Coquille company was issued the penalty for using the wrong type of leak detection method to monitor for leaks in one of four underground storage tanks at 580 North Central Boulevard. The tank contained a mixture of gasoline and diesel. The gauge that Ron’s Oil used was not approved for fuel mixtures.

Five months after learning of the violation, the company corrected the violation. The DEQ took this action into consideration when setting the penalty amount. Proper testing and leak detection equipment is essential for discovering and responding to leaks to underground storage tanks quickly, before contamination can spread. Leaking tanks can contaminate groundwater and place human health and the environment at risk.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, April 1st, 2014 and is filed under Local News, State News.