Puerto Rico military units settle federal underground tank complaints

Two US military entities will pay fines totaling $69,000 and improve management of underground storage tanks to settle August 2008 complaints, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on May 28.

Two US military entities will pay fines totaling $69,000 and improve management of underground storage tanks to settle August 2008 complaints, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on May 28.

The Puerto Rico Army National Guard and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service also agreed to ensure that underground tanks at their Camp Santiago facility in Salinas comply with the territory's underground tank requirements, EPA's regional office in San Juan said. It added that the Guard also will spend an estimated $670,000 system to conserve water and reduce pollution at the camp.

The camp is a military training center and contains vehicle fueling and maintenance areas, it noted.

EPA said that the two military entities plan to go beyond Puerto Rico underground tank management requirements: practices on new leases: The Army National Guard unit will install a gauge to detect tank leaks automatically, and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service will develop a monitoring system for its tanks in Puerto Rico.

The Guard also plans to install a system to recycle water used to wash vehicles in its fleet, which will help prevent releases of oil, grease and other substances, according to EPA. It said that the system is considered a supplemental environment project, which a violator voluntarily undertakes as part of a settlement. Such projects must be activities a violator otherwise would not be required to perform, EPA said.

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