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Geoff Greenwood, Communications Director
515-281-6699, geoff.greenwood@iowa.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 9, 2010

Decree Resolves Record Storage Tank Enforcement

(DES MOINES, Iowa) A Polk County judge has approved Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s request for a $250,000 civil penalty against a Wisconsin-based petroleum company doing business in Iowa for underground storage tank (UST) violations.

District Judge Robert B. Hanson entered a consent decree against Bulk Petroleum Corporation.  Bulk Petroleum is a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Mequon, Wisconsin, which owns underground storage tanks at retail gasoline facilities in Iowa and other states.

The court’s decree resolves the state’s 2007 lawsuit against the company, which is the largest UST enforcement action in Iowa history.  The case involves 92 underground storage tanks (USTs), with a capacity of 800,000 gallons of product, at 28 retail gasoline stations located in 14 cities and 9 counties in central and eastern Iowa. 

The violations, admitted by Bulk Petroleum, include failure to comply with UST requirements for protection of steel USTs from corrosion, prevention and detection of petroleum leaks, maintenance of records, providing notice of leaks, and conducting assessment of the contamination.

“UST regulations protect Iowans, our groundwater and our environment,” said Attorney General Tom Miller.  “We cannot allow companies to cut corners and put Iowans at risk.”

Bulk Petroleum is permanently enjoined from further violations.  In addition, the company is ordered to provide UST regulatory training to supervisory personnel, adopt standard maintenance and recordkeeping procedures, conduct biannual inspections of USTs by Iowa DNR certified inspectors, and annual inspections by Bulk Petroleum employees or contractors.

“This consent decree is an appropriate resolution for serious violations of the law,” Miller said.
In 2009, Bulk Petroleum filed a voluntary petition for bankruptcy with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin.  On May 4, 2010, the Bankruptcy Court approved entry of the consent decree in the Polk County suit.  The civil penalty owed to the State is an unsecured debt, payment of which is subject to bankruptcy proceedings.

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Violations of UST regulations were identified during compliance inspections conducted in calendar years 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 at the following Bulk Petroleum retail gasoline facilities:

CLAIM

STATION NAME

USTs
(gallons)

ADDRESS

COUNTY

INSPECTION DATES

1

Citgo Station #574

10000
10000
10000
10000

 4600 Fleur Drive,
Des Moines

Polk

February 21, 2005
April 7 & 10, 2006
December 14, 2007

2

Citgo Station #582

12000
  6000
  6000

2701 Ingersoll Avenue,
Des Moines

Polk

May 31, 2005
February 26, 2008

3

Citgo Station #596

10000
10000
10000
10000

3804 Hubbell Avenue,
Des Moines

Polk

February 18, 2005
December 21, 2007
May 15, 2008

4

Citgo Station #597

10000
10000
10000
10000

4028 N.E. 14th Street,
Des Moines

Polk

May 26, 2005
December 27, 2007
June 12, 2008

5

Four Mile Texaco Station #536

12000
  8000
  5000

3732 Easton Blvd.,
Des Moines

Polk

December 13, 2005

6

Citgo Station #587

10000
10000

3417 Harrison St.,
Davenport

Scott

April 26, 2006
December 21, 2007

7

Citgo Station #588

10000
10000
10000

 1026 W. River Drive,
Davenport

Scott

November 2, 2005
April 28, 2008

8

Citgo Station #555

  6000
  6000
  6000
  6000

2080 W. River Drive,
Davenport

Scott

April 21, 2006
May 26, 2008

9

Citgo Station #534

12000
10000
10000

11423 160th Street,
Davenport

Scott

April 21, 2006
December 21, 2007

10

Citgo Station #535

  8000
  8000
  8000

101 E. Mayne,
Blue Grass

Scott

October 17, 2005
December 27, 2007


 

CLAIM

STATION NAME

USTs
(gallons)

ADDRESS

COUNTY

INSPECTION DATES

11

Citgo Station #539

10000
  6000
  4000
  4000
  2000

1220 North Cody Road,
Le Claire

Scott

July 12, 2005
December 27, 2007

12

Kerr McGee Station #576

15000
10000
  6000

100 First Ave. NW,
Cedar Rapids

Linn

February 1, 2005
December 20, 2007

13

Mobil Station #581

10000
10000
10000
10000

 3326 Center Point Rd. NE,
Cedar Rapids

Linn

February 2, 2005
December 19, 2007
June 30, 2008

14

Citgo Station
#572

10000
10000
10000
10000

515 Broadway St.,
Waterloo

Black Hawk

March 15, 2005
December 3, 2007
June 5, 2008

15

Citgo Station #520

  6000
  6000
  6000
  6000

1900 Summer Street,
Burlington

Des Moines

February 17, 2005
December 27, 2007

16

Jiffy Station #505

12000
10000
  6000

326 Lincoln Way,
Ames

Story

March 1, 2006
February 20, 2007
December 20, 2007

17

Citgo Station #550

10000
10000
  6000
  6000
  6000

4164 Highway 63,
Malcolm

Poweshiek

August 22, 2005
January 18, 2006
January 29, 2007
August 13, 2007
December 20, 2007

18

Citgo Station #525

10000
10000

101 E. Mt. Pleasant, W. Burlington

Des Moines

December 27, 2007


CLAIM

STATION NAME

USTs
(gallons)

ADDRESS

COUNTY

INSPECTION DATES

19

Breakpointe Station #537

10000
10000
11000

1111Lincoln S.E., Bondurant

Polk

April 6, 2005
August 7, 2007
August 17, 2007
December 18, 2007
December 31, 2007
May 27, 2008

20

Citgo Station #571

6000
6000
8000

1443 Second Ave, Des Moines

Polk

October 24, 2006
 June 2, 2008

21

 Citgo Station #586

6000
6000
12000

1500 N.W. 86th Street, Clive

Polk

 January 30, 2008
June 2, 2008

22

 Citgo Station #545

6000
8000

1632 Rockingham Rd., Davenport

Scott

December 27, 2007
July 2, 2008

23

Citgo Station #573

8000
8000
8000
8000

1800 S.E. 14th St., Des Moines

Polk

January 30, 2008
May 28, 2008

24

“C” Store & Deli #99

10000
6000
5000

1800 South B Ave., Nevada

Story

December 7, 2007
May 27, 2008

25

Citgo Station #589

8000
8000
8000

1001 “A” Avenue W., Oskaloosa

Mahaska

October 1, 2007

26

Can City Citgo Station #510

8200
8200

303 E. Platt St., Maquoketa

Jackson

January 3 & 26, 2007
December 18, 2007
June 5, 2008

27

Citgo Station #595

10000
10000
10000
10000

3761 E. University
Des Moines

Polk

December 19, 2007
May 29, 2008

28

West Kimberly Jiffy Station #540

10000
10000

3815 W. Kimberly, Davenport

Scott

January 16, 2008
June 5, 2008

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