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In its second quarter 2015 issue of UST Quarterly, the Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Branch (USTB) announced a new enforcement initiative for habitually non-compliant UST owners/operators. As Brian Osterman, Environmental Scientist with the Field Operations Branch, writes:
Some owners and operators wait for a state compliance inspection to discover UST system issues, and the subsequent Notice of Violation, before they address common maintenance tasks or before they repair broken or failing system components. Once the issues specifically cited in the violation are addressed sufficiently to receive a passing compliance letter, all efforts to maintain the system cease until the next compliance inspection spurs action. (1)
Owners/operators in these situations are often, therefore, habitually non-compliant, only addressing immediate problems and not implementing continuous proactive measures. In such cases, the USTB will begin “automatically referring habitually non-compliant UST facilities to the Division of Enforcement for possible fines and penalties” (Osterman 1) and other enforcement actions.
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