|Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is
working with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)
to assist local gas station owners in their efforts to comply with USEPA
underground fuel tank regulations.
“During inspections conducted in January of this year, the USEPA
required our local gas station owners to rectify deficiencies in their
underground tank operations by May 25, 2001 or face financial penalties.
These penalties could, in some cases, be so severe that certain owners
may be forced to close their operations,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
“Our local gas station owners have requested my immediate assistance
in this matter because only two or three of our stations will be in compliance
by the May 25th deadline. I can assure you that this is a serious
matter for our Territory.”
“My efforts to work with USEPA to find a fair and reasonable solution
to this problem are continuing,” Congressman Faleomavaega said. “I
am hopeful that prior to the May 25th deadline, we will be able to work
out a process with USEPA that clearly delineates a plan of action to keep
our stations open and bring them into full compliance as quickly as possible.”