Milpas Gas Station Ordered to Pay Environmental Fines
By edhat staff
The Stop & Shop gas station on S. Milpas Street was ordered to pay $25,000 in environmental fines.
District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that her Environmental Protection Unit has obtained a $25,000 stipulated final judgment against Mr. Aied M. Abdullatif, the owner of the gas station.
The settlement resolves allegations that Stop & Shop violated the law by failing to maintain their leak-detection sensors, such that they could detect leaks at the earliest possible opportunity, at their Valero gas station at 134 South Milpas Street in Santa Barbara.
"Leaks of underground gas tanks are difficult to detect, one pin-prick-sized hole can leak 400 gallons per year, and 12 ounces of gasoline can contaminate 40,000 gallons of groundwater. Leaks are costly to remedy, and these costs often fall on taxpayers. It is thus vital that laws governing leak-detection systems be enforced and violators be held accountable," said Dudley.
Abdullatif reportedly cooperated with the District Attorney's Office and negotiated a resolution to the lawsuit. The Final Judgment includes $20,000 in civil penalties to the Santa Barbara County Certified Unified Program Agency, $3,500 as a Supplemental Environmental Project to the Craig Thompson Environmental Protection Prosecution Fund, $1,500 as a Supplemental Environmental Project to the Certified Unified Program Agency
Forum, Training Fund, and an injunction mandating compliance with applicable Underground Storage Tank laws.