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Business cited for underground tanks

By Janice Gregorson

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

A Washington state business that bought property in southeast Rochester once used for a convenience store and gas station faces criminal charges in Olmsted District Court.

Double AL of Spokane, Wash., is charged with a misdemeanor, accused of failing to remove underground fuel storage tanks. David Goslee, deputy city attorney, signed the complaint against the firm after hearing from the Rochester Fire Department.

According to the complaint, Assistant Fire Marshal Dennis Olson said that until sometime in 2005, the property at 2245 Park Lane S.E., operated as a convenience store that served gasoline from an underground fuel system in front of the store.

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On Dec. 30, 2005, Olson visited the site and saw that the business was closed and the store was under reconstruction. The then owner had previously been provided a notice of violation, requiring that the underground tanks needed to be placed back in service, removed or appropriately abandoned in place by March 14, 2006.

The complaint said an inspection on March 14, 2006, showed no work had been done on the tanks. In May 2006, Olson discovered the property had been sold to General Energy Corp., which requested and received another year to bring the underground tanks into compliance. On June 11, 2007, Olson inspected the property again. The tanks were not in compliance, and a notice of violation was issued, ordering that the tanks be removed within 30 days. No action was taken, the complaint said.

It was discovered that the property had been sold again, this time to Double AL. On Aug. 28, 2008, Olson inspected the property. The building was being used as a convenience store. The underground tanks were still not in compliance, the complaint said. A notice of violation was sent to the business, telling the owners the tanks and fuel system had to be removed within 90 days. There has been no compliance, the complaint said.

A representative of the business must appear in court April 2.

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