Gas stations hit with $250K in fines for environmental violations

After four years of legal back-and-forth, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has settled a civil lawsuit against the owner of a network of New York and New Jersey gas stations for failing to prevent leaks in 13 communities.

Investigators said hazardous spills at 13 gas stations from 2012 to 2016 were the result of poor maintenance by Genesis Petroleum and 20 associated companies. Prosecutors said the spills violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, which requires underground storage tank operators to prevent and manage leaks.

The settlement requires the companies to collectively pay $250,000 in civil penalties.

“Genesis Petroleum flagrantly

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