East Coast gas station owners agree to upgrade fuel leak monitoring

Surveillance will improve at over two dozen gas stations primarily in the Albany, New York, area in an effort to curb underground fuel leaks following a recent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Walter Mugdan said in a release that the arrangement provides for better monitoring of underground storage tanks at 23 Albany vicinity stations plus two locations in Connecticut and one in New Hampshire.

The release said facilities owner Falcon Petroleum LLC and its two affiliates, RGLL Inc. and GRJH Inc., agreed to invest over $200,000 to improve leak detection procedures with new equipment and an additional $225,000 on a central electronic monitoring program as well as pay $60,000 in penalties, the EPA release said.

“Gas station owners have a responsibility to regularly monitor their underground storage tanks to protect against potential leaks,” Mugdan said in the release, adding that compliance will ensure continuous monitoring going forward.

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