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Aloha Petroleum gets $32,500 fine for storage tank violations

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 6:46 p.m. HST, Jul 11, 2012


The state has fined Aloha Petroleum Ltd. $32,500 for underground storage tank violations, the Department of Health said today.

Aloha Petroleum, the registered owner and operator of the Island Mini Mart fuel service station in Kailua-Kona on Hawaii island, failed to monitor five underground tanks that routinely contain petroleum or hazardous substances at least every 30 days between June 2010 and August 2010; didn’t notify DOH within 30 days that the underground tanks were temporarily out of use between May 2010 and August 2010; and failed to immediately notify DOH that the tanks were put back into service, the department said.

The violations were noted during a routine inspection conducted on May 17, 2011.

Aloha Petroleum said in a statement that it monitors its fuel storage tanks daily via a computerized leak detection system located at each of its retail fuel locations. It said the Kailua-Kona location identified by the state was undergoing renovation from May 17 – Aug. 18, 2010, the location was closed during this time and the electrical power was intermittent during the renovation period. 

“During the periods electrical power was unavailable, the leak detection system was inoperable, and the longest period electricity was unavailable was 35 days,” Aloha Petroleum said. “There were no releases of fuel at any time during or after the renovation period, and the alleged violations against Aloha are housekeeping in nature.”

Aloha Petroleum said it has taken steps to ensure these housekeeping errors do not happen again and has requested a meeting with the DOH to discuss the situation and explain its corrective actions. 

Hawaii law requires owners and operators of underground storage tanks to provide a release method that can detect emissions from any portion of the tank and the connected underground piping that routinely contains product. The systems must be monitored at least every 30 days.

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