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LANGLOIS — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has penalized a Langlois company for underground storage tank violations.

Van Wormer Service LLC was fined $3,053 for underground storage tank violations at the company’s facility, 94244 Kerber Drive in Langlois.

DEQ found three violations during an April inspection: release detection methods were not followed, spill buckets contained water and possibly petroleum, and the tank system didn’t have an overflow alarm.

Leaking underground storage tanks can contaminate groundwater, in turn putting human health and the environment at risk, according to the DEQ. DEQ also ordered Van Wormer to correct the violations and bring the tank system into compliance by Sept. 15.

Van Wormer could alternatively choose to apply to decommission the tanks. DEQ also offered to reduce the penalty if Van Wormer completes a project that benefits the environment.

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