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Minden may face $11K?fine

July 29, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

MINDEN - Town Supervisor Thomas Quackenbush said the town may have to pay an $11,000 fine over an issue regarding the town's gas tanks.

Quackenbush said the state Department of Environmental Conservation is fining the town for operating its above-ground gas tanks without a proper permit.

According to Quackenbush, in 1998, the DEC stated gas tanks used by the town must be brought above ground, painted and numbered.

"We've always done that," Quackenbush said.

However, Quackenbush said, the gas tanks never were registered with the DEC.

"We didn't know. I didn't know," said Quackenbush, whose term began after the mistake was made.

The town paid $300 to have a permit placed onto the tanks once the mistake was discovered.

However, the DEC still wants to fine the town, town officials say.

"What the DEC is saying is because [the tanks] were not registered, there is in essence a civil penalty," Quackenbush said.

The fine could be a maximum of $11,000.

Town Board members passed a resolution Thursday to set aside "no more than $11,000" to pay the fine.

John Kirkpatrick, town attorney, is appealing the case.

Rick Georgeson, spokesman for DEC Region 4, said the case is ongoing and would not discuss details.

Georgeson said Minden could go through a consent procedure to get the fine lowered.

Arthur Cleveland covers Montgomery County news. He can be reached at montco@leaderherald.com.

 
 
 

 

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