MDEQ Compels Compliance at 21 Leaking Tank Sites

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Posted: Monday, October 17, 2016 7:56 pm | Updated: 6:31 pm, Wed Oct 19, 2016.

LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced it has entered into a consent order with Knight Enterprises, Inc., to resolve a civil complaint filed against the company in Oakland County Circuit Court for noncompliance with state law covering leaking underground storage tank sites.

The complaint alleged that Knight failed to comply with the reporting and corrective action requirements of Part 213, Leaking Underground Storage Tanks, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to address environmental contamination at a Knight site located in Dearborn Heights.

MDEQ sought a court order to compel compliance with Part 213, payment of assessed administrative penalties, assessment of civil fines, and reimbursement of the state’s past and future corrective action costs associated with the Dearborn Heights site, as well as the costs of litigation.

The consent order provides Knight with a clear path forward to achieve closure on 21 LUST sites across Michigan, including the Dearborn Heights site. Additionally, under the terms of the consent order Knight will pay $100,000 to MDEQ to resolve past corrective action costs, and will pay all future corrective action costs incurred by the department related to the 21 sites.

SOURCE: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

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