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Gas station to pay $35,000 fine for fuel leak

SOUTH BURLINGTON-The owners of the Gracey's Store gas station and convenience store on Williston Road in South Burlington, Slimain Handy's Convenience Stores, will pay a $35,000 penalty to the State of Vermont as a result of a gasoline leak from an underground storage tank that contaminated the soil and groundwater at the station.

"We take the enforcement of our environmental laws seriously, particularly when it involves a release of a hazardous substance like gasoline," Vermont Attorney Gen. William H. Sorrell said. "Because even a small amount of gasoline can cause serious environmental harm, owners of underground storage tanks must be vigilant in monitoring their tanks."

Under the court approved settlement, Slimain Handy's Convenience Stores will pay the state $35,000 stemming from the release of gasoline from the store's underground storage tanks in October 2006. The leak contaminated the soil and groundwater at the corner of Williston and Hinesburg roads.

The Attorney General's Office and the Agency of Natural Resources Underground Storage Tank Program sought the penalties in Washington Superior Court after the contaminated soil and groundwater were cleaned up following the leak.

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