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    EPA: Handee Marts Settles UST Violations in Pennsylvania

    C-store operator did not admit or deny liability at two sites.

    GIBSONIA, Pa. -- Handee Marts Inc., doing business as 7-Eleven and owner of two 7-Eleven locations in Pittsburgh and Cranberry Township, Pa., settled alleged violations of underground fuel storage tank regulations, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Handee Marts Inc., based here, agreed to pay a $22,758 penalty to settle alleged violations of federal regulations designed to prevent, detect and control fuel leaks from USTs.

    As part of the settlement, the company neither admitted nor denied liability for the alleged violations, but certified its compliance with applicable UST regulations. The settlement reflects the company’s cooperation with EPA’s investigation and good faith compliance efforts, the agency said.

    "With millions of gallons of gasoline, oil and other petroleum products stored in USTs throughout the U.S., leaking tanks are a major source of soil and groundwater contamination," the agency said in a statement. "EPA and state UST regulations are designed to reduce the risk of underground leaks and to promptly detect and properly address leaks which do occur, thus minimizing environmental harm and avoiding the costs of major cleanups."

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