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News Release

For Immediate Release
November 1, 2012

Evan J. Mulholland, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3679

Automotive Dealer and Repair Shop Penalized $65,000 for Delays in Closing Substandard Underground Oil Storage Tanks

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Commissioner Thomas S. Burack of the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services ("DES") announce that the Belknap County Superior Court (O'Neill, J.) has approved a settlement between the State and Meredith Motor Co., Inc. ("Meredith Motors") for claims that Meredith Motors failed to timely register and permanently close four substandard underground oil storage tanks ("USTs") on its property at 339 Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith. In addition, Meredith Motors failed to timely comply with the requirements of an administrative order that was issued by the State.

Three of the four unregistered USTs located on the Meredith Motors property were discovered in 2007 by NHDES staff. The State had alleged in its Petition that none of the USTs was equipped with spill containment and overfill protection devices, release detection equipment, or corrosion protection. In addition, one of the tanks, a single-walled steel tank installed in 1955, had been used until the 1990s by Meredith Motors employees to store spent motor oil. That tank, and at least one additional tank, had failed, allowing waste oil to seep into the soil surrounding the tanks.

Meredith Motors has since removed all four substandard, unregistered USTs and has excavated and properly disposed of the petroleum-contaminated soil in the area of the leaking USTs. Additional work is scheduled to determine the nature and extent of groundwater contamination.

Copies of the settlement agreement between the State and Meredith Motors are available upon request.

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