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Augusta fined after fuel tanks don't meet environmental standard

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When the Georgia Environmental Protection Division inspected Augusta's underground fuel tanks, they discovered several of them violated their environmental standards.

Fred Russell, the city administrator, says Augusta was fined about $6,000 by the GAEPD.

Russell says for several years they didn't keep records of their safety tests on the tanks at the Augusta Marina, the city landfill and the Augusta Public Transit office.

"We've got to do a better job of dotting the I's and crossing the T's," Russell, said.

In order to do that, the city is changing the way it monitors underground gas tanks. 

Mark Johnson, the Director of Environmental Services, has been assigned the responsibility of overseeing Augusta's five fuel tank locations.

Under the old system, whoever controlled the facility was in charge of keeping a log for their tank tests. 

Johnson has recently installed technology that keeps a record of the safety checks on the gas tanks.

He believes it will keep the city from repeating the same mistake.

"Could we improve on paperwork and process? Yes. But as far as the integrity of the system and the threat to the environment there was none," said Johnson.

Health officials say it is important to know underground tanks are functioning properly because an undetected leak can contaminate ground water.

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