In December the Department of Health issued a field citation to US
Restaurant Properties of Dallas, Texas, for failing to submit
notification forms notifying DOH that it had acquired ownership of
underground tanks at 27 ARCO Service Stations as required by the
state’s underground storage tank (UST) rules. The combined
penalty issued for the 27 stations is $15,150.
Since November 2001, the Department of Health has cited eight other
petroleum facilities on Oahu. These facilities were issued field
citations with penalties ranging from $100 to $2,100.
Two ARCO stations received the highest penalties. The ARCO station
at 2314 N. School Street was fined a total of $2,100 for failing to
monitor USTs and piping for potential releases of gasoline, failing to
conduct annual maintenance of their release detection equipment, and
failing to ensure that leak detection equipment on piping operated
within specified tolerances. The ARCO station at 1701 Dillingham Blvd.
received a citation for $900, also for failing to properly maintain and
operate release detection equipment on their USTs and piping.
Also cited were Beretania and Ward Union 76, $600; Dollar
Rent-A-Car, $500; Koko’s Island Chevron, $450; Moanalua Chevron
Service, $450; Carl’s Junior 76, $150; and Tanabe’s Service
Inc., $100 for violations of Hawaii’s UST rules.
"We are inspecting every regulated UST facility in Hawaii," said
Greg Olmsted, UST Section Supervisor. "That’s 2,200 tanks at
1,100 facilities. DOH inspectors ensure that owners and operators are
maintaining spill, overfill and corrosion protection, are monitoring
their tanks and piping for releases of fuel, and are complying with
pollution insurance requirements to pay for cleanup activities in the
event of a release."
If the facilities do not come into compliance, sign a settlement
agreement, and pay the field citation penalties within 30 days, they
are subject to formal enforcement action that carries penalties of up
to $25,000 per violation per tank per day.
"Field citations give owners and operators an excellent opportunity
to resolve the violations quickly and easily," said Bob Caplan,
Enforcement Coordinator for the DOH’s UST program. "It enables
them to avoid costly and protracted litigation."
Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch
Hawai'i Department of Health
919 Ala Moana Boulevard #212
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4226
Fax: (808) 586-7509