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EPA reaches agreement with Christensen Inc.

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with petroleum storage and distribution company, Christensen Inc., over its failure to submit important emergency planning information for several years at five facilities in central Washington and one in Seattle, US.

Christensen stores hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel, gasoline, LPG-propane, lubricating, motor oils, and other hazardous chemicals at these six facilities.

The missing information must be filed annually with the State Emergency Response Committee, Local Emergency Planning Committee, and the local fire department, a requirement of the federal Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (Section 312).

The company was issued a US$65 670 penalty for these EPCRA 312 violations.

As part of its agreement with the EPA, Christensen will install high-tech, web-based monitoring systems on at least 180 underground storage tanks owned by their customers throughout Washington State and in parts of Idaho and Oregon. This will provide instant notification to off-site locations of events that have the potential to cause or have caused a release of hazardous substances from the tanks.

The new systems will offer users state-of-the-art technology in leak detection, providing a real-time, web-based alarm system that will send data from each particular tank to a central management system. The monitors will provide instantaneous electronic notification of failed tests, warnings, and alarms. The company will also provide advanced payment of the annual monitoring fee for one year for each system.

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