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    Cumberland Farms Settles

    Agreement with EPA calls for pump upgrades at 156 stores.

    BOSTON -- Cumberland Farms, operator of 676 convenience stores in nine states, will upgrade at least 156 gasoline pumps and pay a $90,000 fine as part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency announced yesterday.

    The Canton, Mass.-based chain settled an EPA complaint alleging it violated the Clean Air Act by failing to fully comply with requirements for testing, record-keeping and maintenance of vapor recovery equipment on its gas pumps, according to the Concord (N.H.) Monitor.

    Cumberland Farms agreed to replace 156 pumps at 42 gas stations with new, more efficient dispensers at a cost of $2 million. The affected stations are in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Also, the company agreed to test vapor recover systems at its Massachusetts and Vermont stations more frequently. The recovery systems are designed to prevent the emission of excess gasoline vapors, a cause of smog.

    ABOVE: As part of a settlement with the FTC, Cumberland Farms will upgrade at least 156 gasoline pumps.

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