Gas station owners ordered to pay $290K in penalties

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three companies that own gas stations in Erie County have been ordered to pay nearly $290,000 in penalties for refusing to comply with federal law.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a complaint was issued to gas station owners in Buffalo, Amherst and Tonawanda in August 2012 alleging they are in violation of regulations aimed at protecting water from petroleum contamination.

One company settled over those violations, but the EPA says Qual-Econ Lease Co., Inc., MJG Enterprises, Inc., and Clear Alternative of Western NY, Inc. (d.b.a. G & G Petroleum) refused to do so. They own the stations at:

  • Super Stop Service Station
    1545 Broadway, Buffalo
  • Amerimart-Amherst Service Station
    5565 Millersport Highway, Amherst
  • Herrscher’s Express Mart
    4291 Maple Road, Amherst
  • G&G Petroleum Facility
    1531-1543 Niagara Street, Buffalo

A judge has now ordered the companies to bring their gas stations within compliance of federal law and to pay the penalties within 30 days.

Some of the problems found at the gas stations included inadequate corrosion protection, failure to conduct release detection and other tests, and not keeping adequate records.

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