Othello Pik-A-Pop fined $20,427

April 22, 2013 

— The owners of an Othello gas station have agreed to pay $20,427 to settle Environmental Protection Agency allegations that monitoring was not done on underground fuel tanks.

Pik-A-Pop at 1235 S. First St. is owned by Suk and Hye Rang Yi, who did not admit allegations.

Washington state law requires that underground storage tanks be monitored at least every 30 days to detect releases.

Pik-A-Pop tanks holding gasoline or diesel fuel were not monitored from fall 2010 through May 2011 in the case of two tanks and from fall 2010 through January 2012 for the other two tanks, according to the EPA.

In addition, required testing of piping or piping leak detectors was not conducted on schedule, according to the EPA.

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