Olalla store cited by Department of Ecology

An Olalla store will not be allowed to receive fuel deliveries to its underground storage tank until it comes into compliance, according to a statement issued by the state Department of Ecology (DOE) on March 25.

Last week, DOE issued a “delivery prohibition” to Al’s Market, also known as Olalla Public Store, at 13965 Crescent Valley Rd SE. DOE reported the store repeatedly failing to take leak prevention and detection precautions required by state law.

The store’s 12,000-gallon tank — divided into regular and premium compartments — is only a few yards from the shoreline at the mouth of Olalla Creek.

According to Larry Altose, DOE spokesman for the Northwest Region in Bellevue, DOE inspected Al’s Market in October and November of 2012, issuing three penalties, one for $100 and two for $400 — all unpaid — for various violations.  A red tag is affixed to the tank’s fill port to make fuel truck operators aware of the delivery prohibition.

To earn removal of the tag, the store must document compliance with all underground storage tank requirements and pass an Ecology inspection, said Altose.

He said the state’s underground storage tank law and DOE’s inspection program protect against leaks by requiring owners and operators to maintain underground fuel tanks and related piping and equipment, to operate monitoring systems, provide financial cleanup responsibility, and to take other protective measures.



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