30 Jan 2006

US fears negligence at American Samoa fuel depot and threatens fines

7:13 am on 30 January 2006

The US Environmental Protection Agency is threatening to fine a fuel storage depot in American Samoa 11-thousand US dollars a day if it doesn't check for leaks.

The federal agency is concerned leaks from the underground kerosene and unleaded fuel tanks at Langkilde in Pago Pago could endanger the supply of fresh water in Tutuila.

It's given the fuel station 45 days to either close the storage tanks, initiate a monthly leak detection method or test line tightness for operating tank systems.

The EPA says in addition to monetary penalties, the company would be responsible for cleanup costs for any leaking tank systems.