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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1990
Vandals damaged storage tanks at Lopez Canyon Landfill, spilling between 2,000 and 3,000 gallons of liquid waste from the dump's methane gas collection system, city officials said Thursday. The foul-smelling liquid is condensate generated by the gas collection system and is not considered to be toxic, sanitation officials said. The waste is routinely discharged into the city sewer system. The damage to four, 500-gallon storage tanks located on the eastern face of the dump was discovered Monday.
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March 31, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Washington state accused the federal government Monday of missing crucial legal deadlines to clean up 56 million gallons of highly radioactive waste at the former Hanford nuclear weapons site in southeastern Washington, demanding a new set of schedules by April 15. Gov. Jay Inslee and state Atty. Gen. Bob Ferguson sent a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz demanding that eight new double-shelled storage tanks be built to hold waste that is in leaky underground tanks with single steel walls.
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WORLD
January 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Honduras will take temporary control of foreign-owned oil storage terminals in an attempt to drive down fuel prices, President Manuel Zelaya said. Zelaya ordered the move after failing to reach a deal with ExxonMobil, Chevron and a local company to rent the terminals. "It is not a nationalization, it's a temporary use of the storage tanks," he said. Honduras produces no crude, has no refinery and is heavily dependent on Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron for its fuel supplies.
NATIONAL
January 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
Bombarded by lawsuits and under federal investigation, the chemical company that spilled a dangerous solvent into a West Virginia river and fouled the drinking water of 300,000 people filed for federal bankruptcy protection Friday. Freedom Industries Inc., owner of a storage tank that ruptured Jan. 9 and spilled 7,500 gallons of a coal-treatment foaming agent called MCHM into the Elk River, sought protection from creditors under a Chapter 11 filing by its parent company, Chemstream Holdings Inc. of Pennsylvania.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL, Times Staff Writer
The city's lagging effort to inspect thousands of underground storage tanks--many of them leaking--got a boost Tuesday from Mayor Tom Bradley, who announced plans to nearly double the Fire Department's inspection staff. "This is a serious threat. There are 15,000 of these underground storage tanks," Bradley told a City Hall news conference. "They present a real danger to the community, and we are going to eliminate this danger."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1988 | United Press International
Most people like the convenience of driving only a few blocks to their corner gas station for a fill-up. What many do not realize is that beneath the friendly neighborhood pumps lie thousands of storage tanks leaking gasoline and other cancer-causing toxic chemicals into California's precious supplies of drinking water.
NEWS
November 26, 1990 | From Associated Press
Two storage tanks containing nearly a million gallons of jet fuel caught fire Sunday near Stapleton International Airport, and firefighters tried to keep the blaze from spreading as an airline scrambled for fuel. No serious injuries were reported. Smoke from the blaze cast a pall over metropolitan Denver and caused visibility problems on nearby Interstate 70.
NEWS
May 22, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An Anaheim Hills couple, owners of 150 Southern California gas stations, were jailed with two associates Thursday on charges of contaminating soil and ground water with gasoline from leaky storage tanks. The district attorney's office said the grand jury indictment unsealed at a hearing represents the first felony case in the United States involving illegal underground storage of hazardous material.
BUSINESS
April 11, 1996
Industrial software maker Watson General Corp. said Wednesday that it signed a distribution agreement for its software and services in Australia, opening the door to international distribution of its products for monitoring leaks in underground fuel-storage tanks. The agreement is with V.R. Australia Pty. Ltd. in Cheltenham, Victoria, which provides services to owners of gasoline storage tanks in Australia.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
DENVER - When the worst of the flooding began for Weld County last week, Cliff Willmeng, on a hunch, took his 2003 Subaru and drove east. The county's roads and bridges had begun to disintegrate under the might of the historic floodwaters, to the point that Willmeng, an environmental activist, had trouble navigating. Yet what his gut had told him to look for had been, as he put it, "unfortunately easy to find. " What Willmeng saw, and also photographed, was the drowning of Weld County's extensive oil and gas drilling operations - hundreds of fracking wells that were underwater, and an unknown number of storage tanks and other industrial facilities assaulted by the untamed waters.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- As part of the biggest, costliest environmental cleanup project in the nation's history - disposing of 53 million gallons of radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state - one thing was supposed to be sure: Waste stored in the sturdy, double-wall steel tanks that hold part of the toxic ooze wasn't going anywhere. But that reassurance has been thrown into question with the discovery of a 3-foot-long piece of radioactive material between the inner and outer steel walls of one of the storage tanks, prompting new worries at the troubled cleanup site.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry, noting last year's natural gas pipeline explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, wants to review the safety of a giant propane and butane storage facility in San Pedro that has been controversial for decades. The 40-year-old facility, which can store about 25 million gallons of liquefied petroleum gas, is one of the largest and oldest facilities of its type in the United States. Its two 80-foot-tall tanks are along North Gaffey Street about 1,000 feet from homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2011 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
Melissa Palma never thought much about the huge gas storage tanks perched on a hillside near the San Pedro home she and her husband settled into 18 years ago. Only recently she learned that the domed, 40-year-old, circular, steel structures contain up to 25 million gallons of highly flammable butane — what some neighbors and public officials say are the makings of a potential catastrophe. "I was very, very shocked," Palma said. "It's so bizarre that I never knew about this.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun
In the first enforcement of its kind against a public agency, the state water board announced Tuesday that it has reached a $6.2-million settlement with the city of Long Beach for violating regulations governing the storage of petroleum and waste oil in underground tanks. The State Water Resources Control Board "will not tolerate violations of these important environmental protection laws, and will take swift action against all violators, whether public or private," said Reed Sato, director of the board's office of enforcement.
AUTOS
August 22, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
It was another toasty day on June 19, when representatives for the California Division of Measurement Standards showed up at a gas station in Riverside to check the temperature of the gasoline in the tanks. What they discovered lent evidence to the allegation that consumers are being shortchanged by gasoline retailers and the oil industry. The temperature in the underground tanks at the station was 94.4 degrees at 1 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1985
County supervisors on Tuesday approved a nearly $900,000 program to regulate the storage of hazardous materials in underground tanks. The county will hire 17 new employees to monitor almost 10,000 existing underground tanks, 75% of which hold gasoline or diesel fuel, Chief Administrative Officer Clifford Graves said. New and modified storage tanks have been regulated by the county since May, 1984, when the first phase of the state-mandated regulations were put in place.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
International Technology Wins EPA Contract: The Torrance environmental services company will study the prevention, detection and cleanup of hazardous materials from various sources, including leaking underground storage tanks, spills and at waste sites. The company expects to begin work later in January under a contract worth $25 million.
WORLD
January 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Honduras will take temporary control of foreign-owned oil storage terminals in an attempt to drive down fuel prices, President Manuel Zelaya said. Zelaya ordered the move after failing to reach a deal with ExxonMobil, Chevron and a local company to rent the terminals. "It is not a nationalization, it's a temporary use of the storage tanks," he said. Honduras produces no crude, has no refinery and is heavily dependent on Shell, ExxonMobil and Chevron for its fuel supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
One man died and four others were injured Monday when the roof of a storage tank collapsed at the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington. The contract workers were replacing the steel bottom of the empty, 90,000-barrel tank when its adjustable steel roof fell. "Somehow or another, there was a collapse" and the 120-foot-diameter roof fell to just two feet above the tank floor, said Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Lou Rapouli. More than 60 firefighters responded to the 9:30 a.m.
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