It has been almost twenty years and yet petrol stations, government and business storage facilities in Tampa Bay, Florida, have not met a deadline to upgrade faulty fuel storage tanks.
Florida State put in the measures to protect potable water, whereby tank owners were required to upgrade single-walled tanks to double walls.
Nearly 600 Tampa Bay area tanks still needing upgrades at almost 200 locations, most of them fuel stations, according to a database by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Nearly 4,700 tanks state-wide, around 10% of Florida's tanks failed, despite the risk of $10,000 (7,000) fines every day.
I think we gave them too much time, Linda Young, director of the Clean Water Network of Florida, asserts.
Suncoast Oil of St. Petersburg, which has 25 tanks at seven locations, is one of many overdue.
Now the state agency will give owners until March to upgrade or close off the tank, or face fines starting in April.