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For immediate release – Thursday, February 1, 2007.
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A.G. Files Suit Against Bulk Petroleum Corp. to Enforce Underground Storage Tank Laws

UST regulations protect groundwater from petroleum spills and releases.

Des Moines.   Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit today against Bulk Petroleum Corporation for alleged environmental violations concerning 61 underground storage tanks at seventeen retail gasoline station sites in Des Moines, Davenport, Blue Grass, Le Claire, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Burlington, Ames, and Malcolm, Iowa. (See list of sites, below.)

“Underground storage tanks, or USTs, hold gasoline and other petroleum products,” Miller said. “UST regulations are well-established in order to protect people and the environment – especially our groundwater – from the dangers caused by petroleum spills and releases.”

The lawsuit, which was filed Thursday morning in Polk County District Court, alleges that Bulk Petroleum repeatedly has failed to comply with requirements to prevent corrosion of steel UST systems, failed to prevent and detect releases, failed to report and investigate releases, and failed to maintain UST compliance records.

“There are about 7,800 regulated underground storage tanks buried at about 2,800 UST sites all over the state,” Miller said. “Most owners and operators comply with their obligations to monitor and inspect tanks, maintain tanks, and prevent petroleum leaks and spills.”

The Bulk Petroleum lawsuit alleged that repeated violations occurred despite numerous Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources inspections, notices of violations, orders, and administrative penalties. The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit further violations and to assess additional penalties. Violations are punishable by penalties up to $5,000 per violation per day.

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Background and Details:

The lawsuit was filed by the Attorney General’s Environmental Law Division. The case was referred to the Attorney General for enforcement by the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission. The alleged violations were identified during compliance inspections conducted by the Iowa DNR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2005 and 2006.

Bulk Petroleum Corp. is a Delaware Corporation with headquarters in Mequon, Wisconsin, that owns underground storage tanks at retail gasoline facilities in Iowa and other states.

The lawsuit alleges violations at 17 station sites:


Citgo station #574, 4600 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, with four underground storage tanks totaling 40,000 gallons capacity;


Citgo station #582, 2701 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines, three USTs totaling 24,000 gallons;


Citgo station #596, 3804 Hubbell, Des Moines, four USTs, 40,000 gallons;


Citgo station #597, 4028 NE 14th St., Des Moines, four USTs, 40,000 gallons;


Four Mile Texaco station #536, 3732 Easton Blvd, Des Moines, three USTs 25,000 gallons;


Citgo station #587, 3417 Harrison St., Davenport, two USTs, 20,000 gallons;


Citgo station #588, 1026 W. River Drive, Davenport, three USTs, 30,000 gallons;


Citgo station #555, 2080 W. River Drive, Davenport, four USTs, 24,000 gallons;


Citgo station #534, 11423 160th St., Davenport, three USTs, 32,000 gallons;

 

Citgo station #535, 101 E. Mayne, Blue Grass, three USTs, 24,000 gallons;

 

Citgo station #539, 1220 North Cody Rd., Le Claire, five USTs, 26,000 gallons;

 

Kerr McGee station #576, 100 First Ave. NW, Cedar Rapids, three USTs, 31,000 gallons;


Mobil station #581, 3326 Center Point Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids, four USTs, 40,000 gallons;


Citgo station #572, 515 Broadway St., Waterloo, four USTs, 40,000 gallons;


Citgo station #520, 1900 Summer St., Burlington, four USTs, 24,000 gallons;


Jiffy station #505, 326 Lincoln Way, Ames, three USTs, 28,000 gallons;


Citgo station #550, 4164 Highway 63, Malcolm, five USTs 38,000 gallons.

In total, the lawsuit involved at least 61 underground storage tanks at the seventeen facilities, with a total storage capacity of over half a million gallons of petroleum product. The suit alleges almost 100 separate violations in the past two years (not counting multiple days of individual alleged violations.)

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