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Upgrade deadline for storage tanks nears

Nevada County Department of Environmental Health officials began issuing compliance certification tags to Truckee businesses that upgraded their underground storage tanks to federal standards.

“The department’s UST program staff focused their attention on assuring that these facilities had every opportunity to meet compliance standards,” said Tim Snellings, environmental health director. “On behalf of my staff and our community, I congratulate those facilities that have met the challenging requirements.”

Businesses in compliance

According to NCDEH, businesses that are in compliance are Donner Gate Chevron, Tahoe Forest Hospital, Berry Hinckley Industries Card Lock, Pat and Ollies Place in Gateway, Sierra Super Stop, Jack’s Shell/JML Food Mart, Cal Nevada Tire/Texaco, Truckee Shell, both Unocal/76 stations and the California Highway Patrol station on Highway 89.

Businesses not in compliance

Mann said United Trails at Hirschdale, Pat and Ollies Place Too downtown, Truckee-Tahoe Airport and Donner Summit Unocal are not in compliance.

Under the regulations issued close to 10 years ago, owners and operators of USTs have until Dec. 22 to upgrade, replace or close USTs that do not meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s technical standards for protection against corrosion, spill and overfills.

These requirements are key elements in ongoing efforts to prevent groundwater contamination.

10 year deadline

Janet Mann, environmental specialist with NCDEH, said owners and operators were given 10 years because of the “severe financial burden” for the upgrades.

“The EPA had to give owners time to comply,” she said. “With the costs, owners needed time. The upgrades cost thousands.”

Mann said it is unfortunate for those business owners who chose to wait until the last minute to plan their upgrades and replacements.

Dec. 22 deadline

After Dec. 22, the businesses not in compliance will not be able to receive or dispense fuels from substandard UST systems without the appropriate stickers and tags.

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