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Cumberland Farms To Pay $150,000 For Underground Storage Tank Violations

CONTACT: Nicholas F. Persampieri, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-6902

March 1, 2013

Cumberland Farms, Inc., will pay $150,000 in civil penalties for multiple violations of Vermont laws governing underground storage tanks at 10 of its Vermont convenience stores at which it sells gasoline. Most of the 39 violations relate to Cumberland Farms’ failure to conduct and maintain documentation of release detection monitoring of tanks and associated piping at a number of its stores, and failure to report to the Agency and investigate incidents involving release detection monitoring system alarms. “This settlement demonstrates the importance of monitoring and other requirements designed to prevent releases of hazardous petroleum products that would harm the environment and endanger public health. Businesses that fail to comply with such requirements will be held accountable,” Attorney General William Sorrell said.

The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources discovered the violations during regular inspections of Cumberland Farms’ facilities located in Barre, Fairlee, Lyndon, Montpelier, Morrisville, Northfield, Newport, St. Johnsbury, and Woodstock conducted between 2005 and 2010. David Mears, Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation, said: “As a result of the important work of the department's inspectors, we found significant violations that threatened Vermonters' health and the environment." Commissioner Mears continued, "This type of settlement removes a public threat and will ensure that the majority of underground tank owners in Vermont who comply with the law are not put at a competitive disadvantage."

Under the court approved settlement, Cumberland Farms admits 39 violations of the State’s Underground Storage Tank Rules, will pay the State a civil penalty of $150,000, and will implement a Compliance Plan designed to ensure that all of its facilities in the State remain in compliance with the Underground Storage Tank Rules. The Compliance Plan requires comprehensive bi-annual self-inspections for two years, and appropriate measures to correct incidences of noncompliance identified through the inspections.

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