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BP rejects EPA’s demand for less toxic chemical oil dispersant

Tensions continue to mount between BP and the federal government, first  over the oil giant’s failure to stop its oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico (the next attempt to contain the spill has been delayed until Wednesday) and now its insistence on using chemical oil dispersants in quantities that trouble regulators. BP has been spraying the oil slick with massive quantities of a dispersant called Corexit, which aids in breaking the oil down into small particles that can be ingested by microbes. The company is also injecting the plume of oil near the source with additional dispersant. The problem ... Read More

Gulf oil fumes sicken workers, BP not concerned

Louisiana fisherman hired by BP to deploy boom and skim the growing oil mass in the Gulf of Mexico are getting sick. In the swamps and marshes in and around Batataria Bay, the fishermen-turned-BP employees working to contain the oil slick are reporting severe headaches, burning eyes, persistent coughs, sore throats, sinus congestion, dizziness and nausea. BP is reportedly assuring these fishermen that they don’t need respirators and other protective gear when working the oil spill, which emits powerful hydrocarbon vapors, or the chemical oil dispersants that are being sprayed across the Gulf. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, has ... Read More

Alabama woman sues oil company over land contaminated by leaky UST

Beasley Allen attorneys Rhon Jones, Christopher Boutwell, and Alyce Robertson filed a lawsuit March 19 for Susan Taylor, a resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Taylor’s lawsuit alleges that her property has been contaminated by a fuel leak originating from an underground storage tank at the Speedmart Fuel Center. Chatham Oil, Inc. owns the Speedmart that sits next to Taylor’s property on University Avenue in Tuscaloosa. In August of 2007, Taylor and her husband noticed the strong odor of gasoline on their property, accompanied by a petroleum sheen on the surface water that had accumulated on the property. They contacted the Alabama ... Read More

gas stations illustrate need for tougher environmental regulations

In the past few weeks we have looked at how underground storage tanks, particularly older tanks belonging to gas stations, can and often do compromise the health of the surrounding environment and everything in it, including humans. The Environmental Protection Agency has logged more than 620,000 active storage tanks throughout the United States. Of those tanks, some 480,000 tanks have or have had “confirmed releases.” The problem is so extensive that the EPA established the Office of Underground Storage Tanks to confront it. Since its founding 25 years ago, the EPA’s UST office has removed 1.7 million substandard tanks and ... Read More

Feds propose new reg to remove leaking storage tanks from service

With spills and leaks from storage tank systems that contain petroleum products continuing to pose significant health and environmental risks, the federal Department of the Environment proposed recently a new regulation to reduce the risk of contaminating soil and groundwater. The proposed Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations would replace the current Federal Registration of Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products on Federal Lands or Aboriginal Lands Regulations (SOR/97-10). The proposed regulation would apply to storage tank systems owned or operated by federal departments, boards, agencies, and Crown corporations; to storage ... Read More

Iowa’s 6,200 leaking underground storage tanks

Leaking fuel and oil from underground storage tanks threatens drinking water wells, lakes, streams, and basements all over the state. Leaks can spread a little or a lot and they can contain a variety of chemicals. This map shows all sites listed with a leak by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as of May 2008. What’s leaking? Most underground storage tanks leak gasoline, and the main chemicals of concern are benzene, toluene, and ethylbenzene. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has established levels of these chemicals “where it is known that there is no risk to the health to ... Read More

Iowa pollution perils lurk among buried fuel tanks

Leaking underground fuel tanks threaten to contaminate drinking water, lakes, streams and homes across Iowa as environmental officials change rules to speed up detection and cleanup. There are about 6,200 leaking underground storage tanks in the state — and more than 1,500 are considered ongoing contamination risks. Some of the leaking tanks have been problems for more than 15 years. Almost 820 are labeled high-risk. State officials say they are trying to devise new rules so that the most hazardous sites, which often take years to clean up because of bureaucratic red tape and legal wrangling, can be addressed faster. ... Read More