Delta Western has paid a $400,000 penalty and committed to install internal floating roofs to three tanks following alleged Clean Air Act violations.
The US-based independent distributor, which distributes diesel and gasoline to commercial customers in Alaska from its Juneau facility, was alleged to have violated the Clean Air Act's new source performance standards for storage vessels and gasoline distribution terminals.
The Environmental Protection Agency alleged that the company failed to comply with the National Emission Standards for hazardous air pollutants that apply to bulk gasoline distribution and dispensing facilities.
Ed Kowalski, director of EPA's enforcement and compliant assurance division in Seattle, Washington, says that the scope and scale of the company's operation required them to install adequate air pollution control equipment and technology at their facility.
'When terminals handle a certain volume of petroleum, more sophisticated pollution controls must be installed to reduce emissions of hazardous pollutants and better protect people and the environment. We are glad to hear that the required equipment to reduce harmful air emissions is either now installed or will be shortly.'
The company will be installing internal floating roofs to control emissions from three high capacity gasoline storage tanks and install additional controls to reduce emissions from gasoline delivery trucks loading at its terminal. These upgrades are scheduled to be complete by the end of October 2019. Installation of these controls will significantly reduce the emissions of toxic vapours from the terminal.