State fines Houston County $3,450 over fuel tank permits

wcrenshaw@macon.comApril 2, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- The state Environmental Protection Division has fined Houston County $3,450 for failing to file for permits on three underground fuel storage tanks.

Commission Chairman Tommy Stalnaker said the problem was corrected immediately after the EPD made the county aware of it. He called it an oversight that occurred during a period last year when the administrator’s office was short staffed.

“It fell through the cracks,” Stalnaker said. “I don’t think it will fall through the cracks anymore.”

The county was fined $1,150 for each of the three tanks used to fuel county vehicles and equipment. Stalnaker said there are no contamination issues with the tanks.

The tanks are located at the courthouse annex on Carl Vinson Parkway, the landfill and the county purchasing department in Perry.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.

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