Salem, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Stark Trucking $3,600 for removing a heating oil tank at a building on Capitol Street without being licensed to do so by DEQ.
Stark Trucking was hired to demolish a building at 1415 Capitol Street in October 2013. Sometime between then and January 2014, the company excavated a 675-gallon tank that had previously held heating oil, cut the tank into pieces and arranged for the tank's disposal. Stark Trucking had previously been licensed by DEQ to perform heating oil tank services, but was not licensed to do so at the time.
Underground heating oil tanks are a potential source of contamination of the soil and groundwater, may pose a fire and explosion hazard under certain conditions, and heating oil from leaking underground tanks may impact human health. Underground tanks also corrode and over time may weaken to the point where they can no longer hold fuel.
Stark Trucking has until Dec. 12 to appeal the penalty.
View the enforcement letter at: www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/120117stark.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org